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Stony Batter

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Address: Waiheke Island, New Zealand
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This reserve includes some remnants of New Zealand's coastal defenses from...

This reserve includes some remnants of New Zealand's coastal defenses from World War II.

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A bit of fresh air.....

Visited early morning, nice walk, fantastic views. It is a shame that the tunnels are closed and it looks to be a permanent decision. There is a little bit of history but it's... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kevin T
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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159 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited early morning, nice walk, fantastic views. It is a shame that the tunnels are closed and it looks to be a permanent decision. There is a little bit of history but it's mainly all about the rocks appearing after a volcano many years ago. Enjoy.....

Thank Kevin T
Sevierville, Tennessee
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499 reviews
279 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here not knowing what to expect but were pleasantly surprised. A nice little hike in with great views with the quintessential NZ sheep and pasture lands plus amazing views of the coast and bays and some very interesting huge boulders. Then to top it off, you can walk around the remains of the Gun emplacements and fortifications from... More 

Thank Gary M
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

A great place to stop for a walk on the loop. We enjoyed the relaxing walk; clmbed to the top of hill to view the Man O'War bay.

Thank ZAN3627
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Used to love visiting this place, what seems like miles of underground tunnels - very historic. This place has been closed for a long long time now due to "being unsafe" This is not good and need to be addressed ASAP - surely money can be requested from government and charity organisations ? Disappointing not being able to visit...

Thank Trevor D
Hamilton, New Zealand
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69 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Disappointing the tunnels were closed. We enjoyed the walk over farmland, amongst old WWII ruins. Superb views over and across the island. Stunning! Trekked down to Opopo Bay (steep for the last 10 minutes). A must do

Thank Trish G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

About a 45 min easy / flat walk from the car park takes you to the impressive remains of historic WWII defense gun emplacements. Unfortunately the tunnels were shut when we were there but we were able to climb down into the big concrete emplacements. Great views of Auk harbor along the way. Good place for a picnic too

Thank neilpicc
Edinburgh of the Seven Seas
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3 reviews
Reviewed 6 September 2016

On the far east side of Waiheke lies the remote Stony Batter. Scattered across the landscape of the furthermost end of the island lie countless boulders from a volcanic eruption millions of years ago. There are plenty of walks connecting the road end to the best beaches stony batter has to offer. However, during lambing season the track to Opopo... More 

Thank a13xph1l1p
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

My friend and arrived on Waiheke Island on a drizzly, but mild day. It didn't matter though, as Waiheke is very rarely disappointing. We had taken my car on Sealinks car ferry, another great way to get to Waiheke. Especially when they discount the price. We meandered our way around the island before making the decision to go to Stony... More 

Thank BMX353
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232 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

I loved this walk. Incredibly picturesque and interesting to see the remains of the gun emplacements. This isolated side of Waiheke is my favourite and definitely worth the drive.

Thank Libby D
Auckland, New Zealand
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88 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2016

Stony Batter was established for the defence of New Zealand about the time leading up to World War Two. I have only ever been right through Stony Batter once, back in the days when it was free to enter. About 20 years ago things got political between the owners and the Council (I believe) and it was closed for a... More 

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