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Address: Waiheke Island, New Zealand
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This reserve includes some remnants of New Zealand's coastal defenses from...

This reserve includes some remnants of New Zealand's coastal defenses from World War II.

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Great place for a simple walk and fresh air

3 of us were looking to get in a bit of exercise before a long day of eating and drinking wine. Stony batter was just that - took about an hour round trip to get to the tunnels... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Haley Y
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

3 of us were looking to get in a bit of exercise before a long day of eating and drinking wine. Stony batter was just that - took about an hour round trip to get to the tunnels and cannons (tunnels were closed). Pretty views of the water and vines. Beware of the dirt roads to get to the area.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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176 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

There is a quite a long walk to the view and the cannon area which is found at the end of the road but if you take it slowly to enjoy the exercise and fresh air it really is worth it. There are many peahens and the view and history and ruins along the way yes it is worth it.

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Thank Anne255371
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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67 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We wanted to take our Grandchildren to visit an important site of NZ history. We went on line to check costs etc. as the official website lacked relevant information. We needed to take the car to get there which was over $150.00. We arrived to find the tunnels closed and several disillusioned people outside also having travelled specifically over the... More 

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Thank Aatu123
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

You have to park a long way away from the venue. I think they do this so that you don't change your mind about paying to enter the tunnels. Tunnels are just that - long dark underground tunnels with nothing much to see. Stairways were seriously dangerous with no handrails. Don't know how they get away with it. Museum was... More 

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1 Thank clivecowan
Auckland, New Zealand
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199 reviews
100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Well this was going to be one of the highlights of the trip for me. I felt like gadget man, GoPro and camera's ready to roll. But ............................ Fortunately talking to our hosts at the lodge we were staying at informed us that the health & safety police had closed off the tunnels. I was very disappointed, but we decided... More 

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Thank Keith E
Tauranga, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Fun family walk. Torches are essential but you can borrow one from the person set up at the entrance to the tunnels. Exciting making your way through the tunnels and a list of things for kids to hunt for, with explanations is provided. A short 20 mn walk from the car to the start of the tunnels so bring a... More 

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Hervey Bay, Australia
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Lovely drive out to Stony Batter albeit on a gravel road. Interesting to see the gun emplacements but unfortunately there was no one there to show us through the tunnels. Worth the drive and then head down to Man O War Winery for lunch :)

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Thank Palama55
Te Awamutu, New Zealand
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56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

This was a memorable part of our stay at Waiheke island. Gorgeous views, really interesting history. Definitely worth a visit😉

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Thank Lindynz
Pune, India
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32 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We went during the offpeak timing when the tours were not running. The place is a 30 mins walk and then the tour (if running). The visitor center mentioned lots of exiting things during 30 mins walk (lots of animals, etc) but noting came along. Finally, we found a scenic place, clicked some pics and came back. The rough and... More 

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Thank Ravi S
Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This was the highlight of our trip to Waiheke. We walked beyond the abandoned gun emplacements and (closed) museum through remote fields with no other person as far as the eye could see. Beautiful views to the ocean. A magic experience.

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