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Durie Hill Elevator

Whanganui, New Zealand
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Whanganui, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Durie Hill Tower and Elevator are an iconic part of Wanganui. The top of the tower provides panoramic views of Wanganui. Must visit for a tourist.

Thank Lana_RM
Reviewed 5 July 2017

The Durie Hill elevator is at once daily public transport for some and tourist attraction for others. Either way, getting to the top affords terrific views of the city (especially on a fine day) and remains a part of Whanganui's history. Something quirky to include...More

Thank Kathryn M
Reviewed 6 June 2017

We almost missed it, as you have to make sure you turn to your left when you are at the bottom - easily missed. But when you do go in it, it is a great experience.

Thank Virginie S
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

A unique experience including the walk down the underground tunnel to get to the elevator. Once at the top the views over Whanganui & the river are great, even better if you climb either one of the towers at the top.

1  Thank Gabrielle B
Reviewed 25 May 2017

After a short walk from the township, you enter a tunnel some 230m in length that goes straight into the side of a hill, where you get into a 98 year old lift. There is a lift operator who charges you $2 each way for...More

1  Thank phital
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

What's not to like, a ride in a rickety elevator after an endless tunnel... but good views especially if you then head up the war memorial tower straight afterwards.... and you can walk down the steps to the river side after it all.

Thank EmmaRDS
Reviewed 23 May 2017

One of only two working elevators in the southern hemisphere. Enjoy a walk along the 205m entrance tunnel, then up the elevator to get an amazing view of historical Whanganui River and the central town area. The elevator, built in 1919, is listed by the...More

Thank Robin M
Reviewed 30 April 2017

This is a great little piece of history. The Durie Hill Elevator is effectively a mode of "public transport", and in NZ, this is completely unique. You walk into the hillside quite some metres in what looks like a bit like an old train tunnel...More

2  Thank TheBismarck
Reviewed 30 April 2017

This is must do in Wanganui, great views from the top and not often you can go in an underground elevator.

Thank Whitebait2NZ
Reviewed 29 April 2017

A must do whilst in Wanganui, same lady operating the lift for the last 45 years, classic kiwi stuff.

Thank vanagon84
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