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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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unusual echos

Bit of a unique place long walk in a tunnel into the hill then 2 doller trip up in an old lift great view from the top of the river and the energetic can climb the tower

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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55 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Bit of a unique place long walk in a tunnel into the hill then 2 doller trip up in an old lift great view from the top of the river and the energetic can climb the tower

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The tunnel is long and smelt not very fresh. The elevator is very old and a bit wobbly but aparantly structurley sound! Great but hard walk up the tall viewing tower at the top - not for the faint hearted! Spiral staircase makes you feel a bit dizzy. Amazing view over all of wanganui. Can see Mt Taranaki and Mt... More 

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Thank Riley C
Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a 200m tunnel that goes to the lift. Great echoes in the tunnel and makes the kids laugh. Lift operator was a bit surly and didn't like the shouting for the echoes. But don't let that put you off, the lift ride is like being in the Tardis from the 60's. The tower up top gives splendid views... More 

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Thank thatoldbloke
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The elevator was built in the early 20th century to provide access to a new suburb. Now it is used by schoolkids and tourists. The 200m long access tunnel has a fantastic echo. We'll worth the trip.

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Thank Steve W
New Zealand
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sometimes you just have to do something because you have to. The Durie Hill Elevator is such an attraction. There are not many places where you take an elevator down or up through a Hill of earth. Durie Elevator gives you the chance to do this and have a piece of en engineering feat so you must take this ride.... More 

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Thank Woodd
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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39 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The views are amazing, just a shame the weather was drizzly & cloudy. On a fine day you would be able to see much more of this pretty town!

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Thank Natasha G
Wellington, Somerset
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth visiting, an experience. We travelled up by lift, climbed the tower at the top, good views and then walked down. Glad we visited.

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Thank Sophie040
Gosford, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you have time to kill, it's worth a look. It's $4 return. I think the best way to see it is if you park at the base then get the elevator up and walk the stairs down. However the carpark at the base is a pain to get into as is near a tricky junction. We gave up trying... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice walk from town along the long tunnel to the base of the elevator, you ring the bell and the elevator trundles to you , a lovely lady met us charged us $2 for the trip up to the top, she opened the cage( not quite flat exit) you can then either do the spiral to the roof of the... More 

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Thank Robby002
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't miss this! The elevator is 97 years old and feels it but we were assured is perfectly safe! The approach is a 200 metre tunnel and the view of the town and surrounding areas at the top is a sight not to be missed.

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