Durie Hill Elevator, Whanganui

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Ride up to panoramic views on Durie Hill Elevator, New Zealand's first public underground elevator. Soak up views of the Tasman Sea and surrounding mountains on the platform at the end of the line, and climb the adjacent 33.5 m (110 ft) memorial tower for an even greater vantage point. Built in 1919, the elevator represents a historical local landmark as well as an important local thoroughfare. If you need some exercise, a 191-step walkway also accesses the hilltop, so feel free to take the elevator up and the stairs down, or vice-versa. To visit Durie Hill Elevator on your holiday in Whanganui, and find out what else Whanganui has to offer, use our Whanganui travel planner.
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  • A nice cheap experience. A interesting story that is briefly mentioned on some boards. The ride up is like a ride in Disneyland.  more »
  • An excellent walk down a long white cave built into the hill for a trip up the elevator.well worth the effort.My wife walked up the steps as she was not keen on the cave walk.  more »
  • Great views nice ride but we could hasve done with more information or even a viewing of the "works" Parking at bottom is free for an hour and that time is about right Spiral staircase leads to viewin...  more »
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  • The tunnel is an echo chamber. The kids totally love it. The elevator is otherwise like any other elevator but somewhat antiquated. Use it to get to the top them walk up the steps to get a bird's-eye view of Whanganui. Finish by walking down the path to the start point.
  • Not much to see :-) (in the elevator) however the tunnel , elevator, War Memorial Tower and walk back down the stairs is well worth the effort.
  • Worth a visit, not going to knock your socks off but a great bit of history. Very windy up above :)
  • Good place for fun and enjoy with family 👪 and friends
  • Great piece of working history with fantastic views of the town.

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