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“Stunning views”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.
Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“Stunning views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

This is for nature enthusiasts. We loved the easy walk and stunning views. We did not explore underground tunnels.

Visited March 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Very glad we made the trip!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

We visited there with a friend from Scandanavia and a local "Waihekian". A few days before we read the reviews on Trip Advisor and nearly cancelled our plans but for the pre-paid car ferry booking.

We had a beautiful sunny day and arrived late in the day, not long before they were due to close. Arriving late wasnt a problem and we were assured not to hurry and even given an extra torch free of charge by the two helpful ladies at the entrance.

The tunels were great and the volunteers have made some great exhibits. The tunnel complex is extensive (we compared this to the tunnels on Aucklands North Head) and well lit where needed with excellent clean walkways and stairs.

We spent nearly an hour exploring inside ("lost" at times!) and were delighted to spend more time on top of the ground in the gun enplacements and enjoying the magnificent views of the Hauraki Gulf.

Overall - a must do if on Waiheke. We'll return in 5 years to see the completed exhibits.

Hint: take lots of water as the walk from the car is 20+ minutes each way and you'll need the refreshments on a hot day.


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Visited January 2013
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Nanjing, China
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“Looking for something different?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

Wonderful drive out to this place, followed by a breathtaking walk. You then come to this rather odd but rather interesting place. Have to agree that the folks that greet you here are rather eccentric but so knowledgeable and interesting if you take the time to chat. Gotta love the cheeky sheep :)

Visited February 2013
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Auckland
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“Spooky and historically interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

Something a bit different to do in Waiheke - a contrast to the great wineries and beaches. Really interesting to learn some of the history, and doing the self-guided tour in the dark tunnels is fun if a little spooky. You just hope your torch doesn't run out!

Visited April 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Like something from a cheap crime novel”
1 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited December 2012
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