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Durie Hill Elevator

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Address: Whanganui, New Zealand
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Half-Day Whanganui Sightseeing Tour
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Good for views over Whanganui

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
John M
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Las Vegas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

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Nambour, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Thank glaitken1
Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Thank blueandwhite372
Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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Thank martyaqua
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Thank gmackley
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

a great chance for the kids to run up all the stairs and then experience the old lift coming down on how lifts worked in the mine

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Thank Judy J
Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Fun and interesting place to visit. Great for small and big kids alike. Fantastic views of Wanganui, Mount Ruapehu, and out to sea on a clear day. Great exercise climbing the memorial tower too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Not something you would find just anywhere, and elevator in a hill. Definitely an interesting experience walking down a long tunnel to the elevator and then after the ride up arriving to a fabulous view of the city and river.

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