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The Underworld - NZ's largest WWII Subterranean Fortress

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Journey into the Underworld... experience an engineering and architectural marvel hidden in plain sight with 1.2km of subterranean tunnels, passages and chambers!

Journey into the Underworld... experience an engineering and architectural marvel hidden in plain sight with 1.2km of subterranean tunnels, passages and chambers!

Highlights

  • Descend deep underground through a Fortress dug by hand to defend New Zealand
  • Explore 1.2kms of passages, tunnels and chambers
  • Guided tour - learn about WWII and this heritage-listed fortress

Fort Stony Batter is a WWII Coastal Defence Fortress located at the Eastern end of Waiheke Island. The location was chosen for its strategic advantage of an uninterrupted view of the Hauraki Gulf and shipping approach to Auckland city.

Commissioned in 1942 under absolute secrecy, the complex comprises 1.2km’s of subterranean passages, chambers and stairwells all tunnelled by hand. The fortress was designed to take direct enemy bombardment and is in a very high state of preservation. This is an Architectural and Engineering marvel.

Classified: Heritage 1 listed “Monument of national significance”.

Itinerary

  • Entrance passage, Large Magazine Chamber, Gun Turret, Grand Stairs to UnderWorld, Engine Room, Command Bunker and exit to subtropical forest.
Adult $30.00 (Aged 18+)
Youth $10.00 (Aged 13-17 years)
Child $0.00 (Free with paying Adult)
Family $90.00 (2x Adults + up to 3 Children aged 5-11 years)

What's included

  • Heritage tour guide, torches, fun...

Duration

  • Allow approximately 1 hour for the whole experience

Location

  • Stony Batter Tunnels
  • Man o War Road
  • Waiheke Island

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Family Pass: 2 Adults and up to 3 Children (aged 5-11 years). Full value of up to $90 if tickets purchased separately - discounts are shown from this rate.

    Infants: Infants aged under 5 years go FREE.

    Although tickets are booked for a specific time we accommodate changes without penalty. You are free to shift the time or day to suit your schedule up to 30 days from the original booking.

  • Tickets are valid up to 30 days from booking date. No rebooking necessary.

    Summer hours:

    Thursday - Sunday: 11:00-3:00

    Getting Here:

    By Car - Take Waiheke Road out from Onetangi, left into Man o War road, 1st left Stony Batter Road - approx. 20/25-minute drive on country roads. There is a parking area adjacent to a walkway that crosses private farmland to reach the Stony Batter Historic Reserve - you will have a 1km (15-min walk) from the farm road to the reserve.

    Taxi - get a taxi to Stony Batter Road and walk across the farm to the reserve.

Available Bookings from 14 Apr to 27 Apr 2024

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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Mon 15 Apr
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Fri 26 Apr
Sat 27 Apr

Bookings close in 10 hours...

  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$10.00
  • Child Free
  • Family$75.00

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  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$10.00
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  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$10.00
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  • Family$75.00

  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$10.00
  • Child Free
  • Family$75.00

  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$10.00
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  • Family$75.00

Bookings close in 11 hours...

  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$10.00
  • Child Free
  • Family$75.00

  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$10.00
  • Child Free
  • Family$75.00

  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$10.00
  • Child Free
  • Family$75.00

  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$10.00
  • Child Free
  • Family$75.00

  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$10.00
  • Child Free
  • Family$75.00

  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$10.00
  • Child Free
  • Family$75.00

  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$10.00
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  • Family$75.00

  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$10.00
  • Child Free
  • Family$75.00

  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$10.00
  • Child Free
  • Family$75.00

  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$10.00
  • Child Free
  • Family$75.00

  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$10.00
  • Child Free
  • Family$75.00

  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$10.00
  • Child Free
  • Family$75.00

  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$10.00
  • Child Free
  • Family$75.00

  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$10.00
  • Child Free
  • Family$75.00

  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$10.00
  • Child Free
  • Family$75.00

  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$10.00
  • Child Free
  • Family$75.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Jenny Read from New Zealand wrote on 12 November 2023

Waiheke tunnels

Highly recommended. Need good walking shoes - around 25 mins walk to tunnels and around 35 mins back to the car park. Definitely worth doing.

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Karen from New Zealand wrote on 03 February 2023

Stony Batter Underworld

An awesome experience would highly recommend. Our tour guide was very informative and got to see some extras as only ones on the tour.

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emmac64 from New Zealand wrote on 30 December 2022

Amazing :)

Absolutely amazing. Definitely worth the money. They are doing an amazing job doing up all of the tunnels and chambers :) Just incase you've prebooked - The road to the place is 30mins long on gravel. There is about a 15min walk to the reception for the tunnel tour. 100% needs to be on your too list!!!

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Gill Williams from New Zealand wrote on 18 February 2022

I wish I was a Waihekian

Great history. Great guide. Beautiful setting. Only negative is the signage to get there and the walking time from the car park is underestimated. Allow 25 mins to walk there.

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