Durie Hill Elevator

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Durie Hill Elevator
4.5
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nettstaylor
Gordonton, New Zealand6 contributions
Highlight of holiday
Jun 2021
Our ride to the top was made extra special by lift operator Antony, decked out in retro attire and full of insider knowledge of the workings and history of this classic form of transport, now more than 100 years old and still with its original workings. The Tower at the top is well worth the climb, too. We were charmed and fascinated and this was the highlight of our brief holiday in Whanganui. Do go up - and down - in the Durie Hill Elevator and expect to be delighted.
Written 22 June 2021
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explorer2010nz
whangarei nz30 contributions
very cool view
Jun 2021
went to visit this early one morning, was great views across the town and river. I didnt go up an elevator, but was able to walk up the stairs - very incrediable old building to look at even if you dont go up the top - top is very lovely to look out of though so worth it.
Written 15 June 2021
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annh24968
Hamilton, New Zealand31 contributions
Use the steps
Apr 2021 • Couples
The elevator was under maintenance when we visited so there was no alternative but to climb the steps. Worth the view!
Written 20 April 2021
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justajafa
Auckland47 contributions
Durie hill disappointment
Mar 2021
Not operating while we were visiting Whanganui - due to repairs or refurbishment. So disappointed to miss this attraction.
Written 25 March 2021
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Jane E
Christchurch, New Zealand7 contributions
Shut for renovations:-(
Feb 2021 • Couples
The elevator was shut for renovations just the day before we visited
Climbed the stairs and then the tower fantastic views
Written 15 March 2021
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Mikaere
Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand107 contributions
Buzzingly great experience
Jan 2021
This was the most fun with a gold coin that I've had in a while. We took the easy trip by driving up the road to the tower on the hill. Then we walked down the track to the multiple steps that get you on to the road below. A few more paces and we were walking into the hillside through a 50-75m cool tunnel that goes to the elevator door. We were meet by a very pleasant young fella who took us up in the lift to the hill top again. All this excitement for a mere $2.
To complete the adventure we climbed the spiral staircase of about 60 steps up to the platform on the top of the elevator building where we enjoyed some magnificent views of Whanganui. What better use could you make of half hour of your life?
Written 23 February 2021
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Jill S
New Plymouth, New Zealand128 contributions
Views are good from the top
Feb 2021 • Couples
Views are good from the top. We didn't use the elevator but did walk up to the top. $2 dollars each way ....value for money
Written 5 February 2021
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Diamonds
7 contributions
Interesting
Feb 2021 • Couples
A quirky little stop with history and an amazing view of the town and river.

The guides are friendly and interesting. Worth a visit or sure!
Written 2 February 2021
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,651 contributions
Different and fun
Jan 2021
The Durie Hill Elevator dates from 1919 and is the only public underground elevator in New Zealand. It is still in regular use by visitors and locals. We left our car on the other side of the river and walked across the river bridge to access the elevator. You go through quite a long tunnel to enter the elevator. It is not open 24 hours and has an operator. You need $2 cash per person each way.
This was a bit of a novelty and well worth doing. At the top of the elevator you can climb up the tower which is on top of the elevator. And nearby there is another tower, the War Memorial Tower. Great views from both towers.
You can go back down the hill via the elevator, but we walked back down the hill via the steps, for a different outlook.
Written 31 January 2021
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50plusInvercargill
INVERCARGILL21 contributions
A must do experience
Jan 2021
What a unique experience for so little money. The young lift operator was lovely and very friendly. He talked with great pride about the facility. Walking through the tunnel was great. The view was well worth it. A must do experience .
Written 28 January 2021
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