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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  • The Durie Hill Underground Elevator is across the river bridge form the centre of Wanganui. Access is through a long pedestrian tunnel and then you’re welcomed aboard the elevator for the 66 metre rid...  more »
  • Walked along the tunnel, rang the bell and took the old elevator to the top of Durie Hill for a small $2 each. The view was pretty good but really amazing once we had climbed the 176 steps to the view...  more »
  • A truly unique ride in this historic elevator. The echoes in the tunnel are great. Climbed to the top of the memorial tower ... and down then walked back down to the river. My calf muscles are still t...  more »
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  • 2$ to get up. Really amazing view when you're up. The elevator looks and smells, and well... Is old, in case you don't feel comfortable with elevators. There's a long tunnel that leads to it. It is very bike-friendly and driving through the tunnel is fun. Definitely worth the view and the 2$.
  • The tunnel down the bottom is great for the kids to hear an echo. Even if you just visit the tunnel is a good laugh.
  • Cool thing to do in Wanganui. Recommend this for everyone.
  • 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 suitable for wheelchairs since the elevator is not at the same level with the ground but there is a 20 cm high step onto it. Moreover, even though not written anywhere, the operator charged me 1 NZD extra because my touring bike was "fully loaded", even though I was the only person being transported.

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