Durie Hill Underground Elevator

A special treat going back in time and unique in the southern hemisphere!

Beyond the City Bridge, Durie Hill’s pedestrian tunnel leads to the historic Durie Hill Underground Elevator.

The Durie Hill Underground Elevator was built to provide residents of the garden suburb easier access to the growing city. Built in 1919, it is New Zealands only public underground Elevator and is still used on a daily basis by locals and visitors.

Access is through a long pedestrian tunnel and then you’re welcomed aboard the elevator for the 66 metre ride to the tour and it only costs $2!

The underground elevator emerges right by the Durie Hill War Memorial Tower – do them both together for a fun outing!

In the early days it was just a shilling for a child and another shilling to take the bicycle as well. For a little more you can purchase a small souvenir card with all the details.

Duire Hill Underground Elevator



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    One Of A Kind

    Unveiled in 1919, the Durie Hill Underground Elevator is one of a kind in New Zealand.

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    The Engine

    The Elevator engine is a converted electric Tram engine, which used to use castor oil as lubrication!

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    Good Looking

    A great view of the city, and on a clear day see both Mount Taranaki and Mount Ruapehu! Climb the Durie Hill War Memorial Tower not far away for an even higher view! War Memorial Tower.

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Tunnel entrance at 42 Anzac Parade
Durie Hill, Whanganui 4500

Monday – Friday:
8:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday – Sunday and Public Holidays:
10:00am – 5:00pm

0800 92 64 26
30 minutes
$2.00 per person each way.
Parking Available, Disabled Access, Family Friendly

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