We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Advantage Point to View the City”

Durie Hill Elevator
Book In Advance
More Info
$39.60*
and up
Half-Day Whanganui Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #2 of 30 things to do in Whanganui
Certificate of Excellence
Whanganui, New Zealand
Level Contributor
28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Advantage Point to View the City”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

The entrance is opposite the end of the Town bridge : walk a little and view the murals on the wall to the elevator which takes you to the top of Durie Hill. Here you have an excellent view over the entire city and outlining areas. Just a short walk away is the Tower and further a small shopping complex.

Visited June 2013
Helpful?
1 Thank Eric11467
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

260 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    126
    115
    16
    3
    0
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great views from the lookout”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Family outing, good for kids. The elevator itself needs updating; could easily make the ride visually interesting to accompany the bumpy ride. Tunnel on ground level leading to/from the elevator is a highlight and could be used for filming horrors or thrillers...! Admittedly, not PG-rated.

Visited July 2013
Helpful?
Thank Simone505
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Whanganui, New Zealand
Level Contributor
115 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“An oldie but a goodie.”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

From opposite the city bridge take a walk up the tunnel to the lift and travel up through the hill to the surface an then climb the spiral staircase on top of the lift house for a great view from the mountains, over the cty and out to sea.
If you are keen, take the short walk to the War Memorial Tower for an even high view of the surounding area

Visited June 2013
Helpful?
1 Thank Terence G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Whanganui, New Zealand
Level Contributor
63 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“You don't see this too often”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Leaving the car park you enter a pedestrian tunnel through a carved Maori wooden archway. The concrete lined tunnel goes some hundred or two metres into the hillside. At the end is a quaint elevator with a 1910's feel that takes you up Drury Hill. The lift shaft has walls of earth. At the top is a stairway above the lift which gives you a panoramic view of Wanganui City, the coast and the hinterland. On a clear day you can see Mt Ruapehue a snow covered semi active volcano. A short walk away is a World War One Memorial Tower. It is quite a ask to go up the steps but the view is great once you are at the top. This area is one of the most popular sights for tourists and one they will remember of their visit to Wanganui City.

Visited July 2013
Helpful?
1 Thank Gavin C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sydney
Level Contributor
31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“$2 for a ride in a lift!”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Although this was infinitely preferable to climbing the flights of steps up to the top of the hill, the ride in the lift was underwhelming. The operator was polite but was on the phone when we descended, and reading a book when we ascended. Highlights really were the tunnel leading to the elevator, and the climb to the top of the Tower which warmed us up on a chilly morning and provided spectacular views of the town, river and sea. The climb took us about 5 minutes with stops to gaze out the barred window slots, and although I do not like heights I felt completely safe at the top.

Visited June 2013
Helpful?
1 Thank Leah G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Durie Hill Elevator also viewed

Whanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Whanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui Region
 
Whanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Whanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui Region
 

Been to Durie Hill Elevator? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing