Wright's Hill

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Cameron A
Mount Maunganui, นิวซีแลนด์93 ผลงาน
Interesting History
ก.ย. ค.ศ. 2019
I remember this place as a kid, going up there looking at all the gun in-placements and tunnel entrances. Since then (a long long time ago) a group of people have turned this into a great attraction with information boards about telling you of each piece and the reasoning behind it. It is just a shame that the tunnels are only open on select weekends and times. Great place for a good view over Wellington City.
เขียนเมื่อ 10 ตุลาคม ค.ศ. 2019
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MahaloPacific
พาล์เมอร์สตันนอร์ท, นิวซีแลนด์56 ผลงาน
Stunning views of Wellington and a large part of the surrounding area
พ.ค. ค.ศ. 2019 • คู่รัก
I grew up in the shadow of Wright's Hill. I take overseas visitors to the top of Wright's Hill whenever possible. The view is simply outstanding and comparable with many views in many other countries. The road to the top is narrow and winding, but worth the careful drive up and back. Car parking is available almost at the top, with a short walk on an easy path to get to the very top. Gun emplacements, constructed during World War II are also at the top of the hill. Travellers with rental cars fitted with GPS will find this an easily accessible drive, going through the suburb of Karori. Wellington is a windy city and although some days are stunningly still, be prepared with appropriate clothing for wind at the top!
เขียนเมื่อ 24 กรกฎาคม ค.ศ. 2019
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Mrs_Wgtn_Dickson
เวลลิงตัน, นิวซีแลนด์243 ผลงาน
Loved the tunnels
ก.พ. ค.ศ. 2019 • คู่รัก
Checked out the fortress on Waitangi Weekend this year and thought it was great. So many tunnels to check out and whats been left behind was really interesting. Its great to see something like this so well maintained.
เขียนเมื่อ 28 พฤษภาคม ค.ศ. 2019
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jandel2015
ไครสต์เชิร์ช, นิวซีแลนด์26 ผลงาน
Must do
เม.ย. ค.ศ. 2019 • ครอบครัว
This is a great place of history. Thank you to the volunteers for maintaining. Our 12yr old son love the tunnels. BUT not happy fun display removed and no fun firing - though the signs were still up! We were also fm Christchurch.
เขียนเมื่อ 26 เมษายน ค.ศ. 2019
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Charmaine S
Upper Hutt, นิวซีแลนด์861 ผลงาน
Quite a lot of steps (naturally)
ธ.ค. ค.ศ. 2018 • ครอบครัว
The tunnels are only open to the public 4 or 5 times a year (28th December being one of those days). It is $8.00 per adult to enter and they don't have an eftpos maching so take cash. Great views with a places to sit in the sun and also a grassy area near the car park where you could have a picnic. There were also portable toilets by the car park. The car park was quite small but we were lucky to get a space.
The tunnels are fairly well lit, quite steep stairs in some places and also quite wet in some places. Lots of history to read about and although we didn't have a go, there is the opportunity to fire a gun (blanks) for $2.00 if you are interested.
เขียนเมื่อ 28 ธันวาคม ค.ศ. 2018
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LHG_CJR
เวลลิงตัน, นิวซีแลนด์25 ผลงาน
You Gotta to see these tunnels
ธ.ค. ค.ศ. 2018 • คู่รัก
We visited on the 28th Dec 2018. Wow. I've lived in Wellington all my life and had no idea we had our very own WWII bunker complex. It was like walking back in time to get an understanding of the real fear our relatives had of being bombed by the Germans or the Japanese. I recommend go early to avoid crowds and take a picnic so you can enjoy exploring the outside of the complex as much as the inside
เขียนเมื่อ 27 ธันวาคม ค.ศ. 2018
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AbelJM
ซาราโกซา, สเปน621 ผลงาน
El bunker no está mal pero las vistas son espectaculares
ต.ค. ค.ศ. 2018 • คู่รัก
Sólo cuatro días al año abre el bunker pero a la cima de la colina siempre se puede acudir y tiene fácil acceso en coche.
Las vistas son espectaculares, posiblemente las mejores que he visto de Wellington.
El bunker es más grande de lo que me imaginaba aunque la mayor parte son largos corredores. En las salas principales (motores, radio...) hay voluntarios que te contestan a las preguntas o te dan explicaciones.
เขียนเมื่อ 29 ตุลาคม ค.ศ. 2018
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kiwigirl116
เวลลิงตัน, นิวซีแลนด์28 ผลงาน
Tunnels, Tunnels and more tunnels
มิ.ย. ค.ศ. 2018 • ธุรกิจ
We went to Wright’s Hill for a work emergency rescue training exercise. This area was a perfect location as there were so many tunnels and areas to explore. It was surreal moving around down there, guided just by the light from our head torches. The tunnels connect the gun emplacements which were erected to protect the city of Wellington from a possible invasion.
If you get the opportunity to explore the tunnels on an open day, then I’d recommend that you do it.
เขียนเมื่อ 19 มิถุนายน ค.ศ. 2018
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CarolDM1900
มอนต์เพเลียร์, เวอร์มอนต์3,234 ผลงาน
Highlights: Sobering Reminder, but Fun, Too
ก.พ. ค.ศ. 2018 • คู่รัก
Standing high on the windy bluff, I found it sobering to think that the long range coastal battery was put here to protect Wellington from possible Japanese invasion during WW II. Abandoned after the war, its guns sold as scrap to -- ironically -- the Japanese, the fortress was saved in 1988 by the local Lions Club and is being slowly restored. It's open only 5 days per year, all of them holidays. Here are some highlights of our visit on Waitangi Day, 6 Feb 2018. Next open day is ANZAC Day, 25 Apr 2018. Don't miss it!

1. REALLY BIG GUNS. You have to be impressed by the historic photos and videos, and the full-size replica, of the 144 ton breech-loading 9.2 inch guns that could launch a 380 lb. shell 18 miles. There were 3 of them here. You can see one of them being fired, courtesy of an Imperial War Museum video training film. It's pretty long, covering all the technology that went into the weapons and all of the steps necessary to fire them. The payoff comes at the end, with the firing of Gun No. 1 in June 1946, when it was "tested" after the war, never having been fired during the war. You can also visit Gun Pit No. 1 to get an idea of the scale.

2. TUNNELS. Warning: these are cold and damp, and there are lots of them to walk through. Bring a jacket, wear sturdy shoes that do NOT have smooth soles, as the surfaces are slippery. Also, echoes travel loudly and quickly through the narrow walkways. Youngsters seem to enjoy making the most of the amplified sound, so parents please try to keep things from getting out of hand. Very young children can find the tunnels scary, and their howling can get loud indeed, so probably best to leave the tiny or more timid ones home.

That said, walking through the tunnels, following the signs, stopping at the various rooms with displays, can be quite an adventure. Volunteers are on hand to answer questions. Whether you're a World War II or military buff or just someone with a vague sense of the now-fading past, you can learn a lot and have a really interesting visit. Visitors with a more general outlook, including youngsters, may simply enjoy the unique subterranean experience of walking through narrow, kind of spooky tunnels that resound with strange echoes. It's kind of like being in a video-game, which may be the reason why the younger set seemed to be having such a great time when we were there.

3. HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE. To help raise funds for further restoration, you can pay NZ$ 2 for one shot (using blanks) of a German Mauser K-98 Mauser or a British Lee No. 4 Lee-Enfield. There are uniformed people about, and a small military bivouac, to lend some authenticity to the scene while also inviting visitors to chat with the "military personnel" on hand. This was fun, and it was outside the tunnels in warm sunshine, so gave a chance to get over the chill below ground.

4. WEAPONS ROOM. On display here is a quirky collection of knives, guns, and military memorabilia from the 19th century to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. For the little ones, there are military duds - helmets and vest in camouflage - that they can put on for a neat picture. The guides here are very personable, offering interesting commentary about the collection on view and, in a few cases, about their own military experience. We got a real kick out of the small collection of engraved Zippo lighters from the Vietnam War era. There is plenty to see here that is interesting.

5. ENGINE ROOM. This was the fortress's power station. It's got 2 giant diesel engines that likely are the last of their kind, having somehow escaped the scrap heap thanks to the power company that used and then donated them. Most of one wall is covered by a giant switchboard, which is the same kind as used until very recently to run Wellington's trolleys. The guides in this room were particularly helpful and interesting, and I learned more about diesels than I ever knew, for which I was grateful, since my father was a diesel guy on a submarine running out of Fremantle, Australia, during WW II.

6. MAPS AND PLOTTING ROOM. This room has a very small collection of WW II poster/postcard art from the enemy camp: Nazi Germany and Japan. I found it useful because it clarifies what the people who served here we were fighting for - and against. The collection is located in a dark area, so is hard to see and easy to miss; but look it for it. Wish I had more and better pictures, but it was very dim there. It's worth taking time to look at carefully for its "message" about why this fortress is here.

7. PANORAMIC VIEWS. The lookout adjacent to the fortress has stunning views of Wellington Harbor and it surrounding area, both urbanized areas and green space.

HOW TO GET THERE. The best way to get to the fortress is to drive, although parking is somewhat limited because crowds tend to be large with so few open days for visitors.

It is possible, but not quick or easy, to use PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. We did it, and it was OK, but with a rather long, steep climb on a road that mostly lacked sidewalks, and then (as a shortcut) on a well-signed trail that covered the last part up to the fortress through pleasant woods. It's easy to find the trail while walking up Wrights Hill Road, as there is a large map under a metal portico right at the entrance.

To get there from Wellington's city center, take Metlink Bus # 3 direction of Karori Park. Get off at the stop for Karori Mall, which will be on your right, and the Karori Library will be on your left at Beauchamp Street. Turn left onto Beauchamp, then left onto Verviers, right onto Kano, and finally right onto Wrights Hill Road, which is steep and winding. Look for the signs across Wrights Hill Road for the trail cutoff to get you to the lookout and the fortress with a short saving of time and energy.

It's a lot easier going back the bus, being all downhill.
เขียนเมื่อ 6 กุมภาพันธ์ ค.ศ. 2018
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NZNeen
เวลลิงตัน, นิวซีแลนด์24 ผลงาน
Views with history
พ.ค. ค.ศ. 2017 • เพื่อนๆ
I walk to Wrights Hill on average three times per week in the summer accessing from Scout Hall, Campbell Street (which is part of the Zealandia loop) either on my own or with friends for the exercise and views.
Good cardio walk / jog to top, this 20-25 minute brisk hike is worth the workout to take in the views of Makara windmills to the west in the distance, Brooklyn windmill to the south east behind and sea glimpse where strait meets harbour entrance.
Unobstructed views of distant harbour including the Hutt and Mana Islands.
Take a stroll around the top and read about the old gun emplacement and tunnels which are open a few times a year to the public. Can get windy so pick a clear fine day. Recommend for NZers and tourists.
เขียนเมื่อ 4 พฤษภาคม ค.ศ. 2017
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