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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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Stony Batter

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 July 2016
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Auckland, New Zealand

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 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

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Edinburgh of the Seven Seas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Libby D
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016

We went on a beautiful summer's day so the views were glorious, however be sure to bring a hat as the whole walk is very exposed. Unfortunately the tunnels are closed, but we still did a short climb (this part is very steep) up to see the gun battery. Overall the walk is quite easy aside from this.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016

Nice afternoon walk up to Stony Batter, beautiful views once you get up there and not too taxing on the legs.

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Thank Alice T
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

For war buffs, the Stony Batter gun battery is a fascinating and accessible outing. Built in a hurry in WW2 with American help as protection for Auckland harbour, it commands a wide view out to the Hauraki gulf. The three gun emplacements are impressive and the story behind the network, with spotters on the top of Rangitoto Island command guns... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

We have visited several times and always enjoyed the walk through the boulder strewn hills. But we have never been into the tunnels because the cost was so astronomical and those working there have always made us feel like we were invading their personal space. As if you were helping yourself into a strangers home unannounced. A bit like Bilbo... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

A bit of a drive on dirt roads but lovely and peaceful when you arrive. Quite fascinating the work that went on there during the war. A shame the tunnels not operating.

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