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“Like something from a cheap crime novel”
Review of Stony Batter

Stony Batter
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Owner description: This reserve includes some remnants of New Zealand's coastal defenses from World War II.
Reviewed January 13, 2013

We were "welcomed" at the Stony Batter tunnels by a seemingly mad lady who took it on herself to demonstrate her impressively colourful vocabulary in describing how the previous visitors had refused to pay. She then fed one of the sheep some coke from a can and continued to swear at us whilst she searched for the keys to the tunnels.

We weren't expecting the Guggenheim but the museum is just a motley collection of random tat. It is in a dilapidated building and is surrounded by old rusty caravans, dirty towels hanging on makeshift washing lines and annoying sheep addicted to coke. In fact, to even call it a museum is a massive stretch. It only costs 50c to get in which is about all it is worth.

It is much more expensive to get into the tunnels. Be aware that they are ink black, damp and incredibly scary. They offer a passing interest to anyone interested in military history. We only went in because we were terrified of the lady running the place. We left someone outside in case she locked us in forever, did a quick tour and then got the hell out of there.

The rest of the reserve is a good walk and has some interesting information boards which you can enjoy without fearing for your life.

8  Thank Paul D
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

The walk to the area is long, the place is not very tidy, and not much to see. We did not do the tunnel tour so I cannot comment on that aspect of the experience.

Thank Ppeople
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

It's a good walk to get there from the end of the public road, but persevere- It is manned by volunteers and is in danger of closing. Not for the claustrophobic.

Thank frankie070
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

A good walk, and you can go through the tunnels and have a look at the little shed where there are mementoes and old newspapers etc. Look out for the sheep who wants to come in and lie by the potbelly stove.

Thank FlemingsJ
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

What a great experience to be in the tunnels and enjoying NZ history close up and personal. The tunnels are well maintained and lots of fun to explore with the kids whilst getting a sense of what living in war time was like. We would love to see this attraction expanded with more walks and stories of interest. Great day out for all

Thank Louise d
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