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Whanganui, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

Great to take pictures in the tunnel if you ever find it empty. Lovely lady working the ancient elevator! Lot's of tourists... :-)

Thank Mandawoman
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A quick walk over the bridge and we entered another time. A 200yd walk along a tunnel, ring a bell and serviced elevator appears to take you the top of the hill. Only $2 and well worth it, but walk down the paths and steps...More

Thank Molenders
Reviewed 1 week ago

20 stories up by elevator after a short, flat walk through a well-lit tunnel. Out at the top to a magnificent view over Whanganui. We walked down the steps on the way back.

Thank Annette M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was impressed with this as something to do in Whanganui and reccommend to anyone else visiting. The walk from the street along the long tunnel to the old elevator was different, alternatively you could walk up the steps to the top if fit. The...More

Thank Echo293
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pay the 2 dollars and take the short but shaky ride to the top of this ancient elevator. Ride up by walking down the long tunnel and then take the steps down. Good views up top.

Thank Nicole B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to have a panoramic view of the city, there’s no better choice. The view from the top was not particularly impressive but was fine.

Thank Helenavu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the one of the best things about Whanganui..Take your family or friends and have some special memories . From the entrance to the elevator..its a long 5 mins walk through the well lit tunnel..then pressing the bell.. the elevator comes down and a...More

Thank stephenf71
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived as it was closing and the lovely attendant Zena allowed us to travel on the elevator. This is well worth the $2 each way journey. The elevator is 100 in 2019 and it is as it was which adds to the experience perfectly....More

Thank lippyjane
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing tunnel and lift but the climb to the look out was the best part. Climbed the memorial tower as well but there was not much to see there.

Thank BigAl250
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must to visit. Not far from the main shopping area and an easy stroll over the city bridge, cross the road and walk down the neat tunnel where you will come to the elevator. Pay a small fee and the lady operator will take...More

Thank argyle2
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