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Durie Hill Elevator

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A wonderful little step back in history that doesn't take much time. If you are stopping, or even passing through Whanganui you must take a couple of minutes for this unique... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Cairns, Australia
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Cairns, Australia
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A wonderful little step back in history that doesn't take much time. If you are stopping, or even passing through Whanganui you must take a couple of minutes for this unique experience. From the entrance to the elevator and then the little windy staircase to the top deck for a great view of the town you won't be disappointed. Very... More 

Thank Jessica962
Busselton, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked through the tunnel and up the elevator had a look around, was raining but the views were beautiful perfect 360 views. On that note decided we would walk down. Today we have sore calves amazing steps. So glad we went and worth a visit.

Thank Keza_WA
Hamilton, New Zealand
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great historic elevator and amazing views of whanganui - scary as heck spiral steps up to viewing platform

Thank NickiRaffs
Las Vegas
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206 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

An interesting elevator and it provides nice niews over Whanganui. Much better for photographs of the town, river and distant volcanoes. Well worth the visit but be prepared to climb a spiral staicase to reach the viewing platform.

Thank John M
Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is one of those quirky things you can only find in NZ. Firstly a long white tunnel which appears to go to the horizon. At the end push a button, and after some wait, theres a whole lot of clanking, and a woman appears in a timber lined lift. At the top of the hill is a tower with... More 

Thank 2017KimRoss
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5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Rattles, shakes and rolls. This only adds to it charm. At the top is a small organge tower with a spiral staircase which if you climb offeres magnificent views. You can takethe elevator both up and down, the stairs up and the elevator down or vice versa. If you don't want to pay the $2 per trip, you can climb... More 

Thank Peter M
Nambour, Australia
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183 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

What an amazing project to conceive of and carry out immediately post WWI. The long walk along the entrance tunnel, the clanky old lift complete with long time attendant, and the view from the tower at the top - and the adjacent tower, make this an excellent activity for a fine day.

Thank glaitken1
Tauranga, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Panoramic views of Wanganui, the river and coastline. The tower was built to commemorate the fallen of the 1914-1918 war. Approach to the tower is by over 200 steps or by winding road, or an elevator, which is so much easier.

Thank blueandwhite372
Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

If you are visiting Whanganui this is a must see attraction. Great Panasonic views of the surrounding district can be had from the top of this attraction from War Memorial Tower if you are energetic or the lift tower if your not so energetic.

Thank martyaqua
Christchurch, New Zealand
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We did not except what we found. An interesting elevator ride down to the bottom with a knowledgeable driver. Once at the bottom it's a long walk to the end (got to yell to here the echo) I decided to walk up the hill (I wouldn't recommend unless you are fit !!) good view from the top

Thank gmackley

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