Durie Hill Elevator


   

Address: Blyth Street / Durie Hill Elevator, Wanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

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  • Located opposite the Whanganui City Bridge at the bottom of Victoria Avenue, the Durie Hill pedestrian tunnel leads to the historic Durie Hill Elevator. Built in 1919, it is the only earthbound elevator in New Zealand. A pedestrian tunnel leads 205 metres inside the hill to the elevator which rises 66 metres.

    Two viewpoints are located at the top, one (the orange tower) above the elevator's machinery room and the other on the nearby War Memorial Tower. 

    A walkway beside the elevator tower offers an alternative route descending 191 steps to the City Bridge.

    The elevator is open Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 6.00pm, Saturday to Sunday, 10.00am to 5.00pm, closed Christmas Day.


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Durie Hill Elevator


Address: Durie Hill, Wanganui

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    Located opposite the Whanganui City Bridge at the bottom of Victoria Avenue, the Durie Hill pedestrian tunnel leads to the historic Durie Hill Elevator. Built in 1919, it is the only earthbound elevator in New Zealand. A pedestrian tunnel leads 205 metres inside the hill to the elevator which rises 66 metres.

    Two viewpoints are located at the top, one (the orange tower) above the elevator's machinery room and the other on the nearby War Memorial Tower. 

    A walkway beside the elevator tower offers an alternative route descending 191 steps to the City Bridge.

    The elevator is open Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 6.00pm, Saturday to Sunday, 10.00am to 5.00pm, closed Christmas Day.


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Sarjeant Gallery


Phone: 06 349 0506    

Address: 38 Taupo Quay, wanganui

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  • " It is my desire that works of art shall be purchased or acquired on account of their intrinsic value as work of high art only and not because they are specimens of local or colonial art so that the said gallery shall be furnished with works of the highest art in all branches as a means of inspiration for ourselves and those who come after us."

    Henry Sarjeant (1830-1912) immigrated to New Zealand from England about 1860 and settled in the Wanganui Region. After his death, Henry's wife Ellen consolidated her husband's interest in the arts which had been 
    generously provided for in his Will.  This document also outlined his intention for quality.

    Henry Sarjeant's ability to grasp opportunity in a new land engendered a prosperity that enabled him to facilitate his vision for a culturally invigorating art museum and collection; an institution of national significance throughout the 20th  and 21st centuries and one commemorating his name both in  New Zealand and beyond.


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Sarjeant Gallery

Phone: 06 349 0506

Address: 38 Taupo Quay, wanganui

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    " It is my desire that works of art shall be purchased or acquired on account of their intrinsic value as work of high art only and not because they are specimens of local or colonial art so that the said gallery shall be furnished with works of the highest art in all branches as a means of inspiration for ourselves and those who come after us."

    Henry Sarjeant (1830-1912) immigrated to New Zealand from England about 1860 and settled in the Wanganui Region. After his death, Henry's wife Ellen consolidated her husband's interest in the arts which had been 
    generously provided for in his Will.  This document also outlined his intention for quality.

    Henry Sarjeant's ability to grasp opportunity in a new land engendered a prosperity that enabled him to facilitate his vision for a culturally invigorating art museum and collection; an institution of national significance throughout the 20th  and 21st centuries and one commemorating his name both in  New Zealand and beyond.


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The Tram Shed


Phone: 06 345 7034    

Address: Moutoa Quay, Wanganui 4500, New Zealand

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  • The Tram Shed houses the No.12 Tram which carried locals about town in the early 20th century. The tram has undergone a full restoration and will be running again in 2013 on the new tram track along the riverfront.


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The Tram Shed

Phone: 06 345 7034

Address: Moutoa Quay, Wanganui 4500, New Zealand

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    The Tram Shed houses the No.12 Tram which carried locals about town in the early 20th century. The tram has undergone a full restoration and will be running again in 2013 on the new tram track along the riverfront.


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Virginia Lake


   

Address: Virginia Lake Reserve, Saint Johns Hill, Wanganui

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  • Virginia Lake has long been one of Wanganuis top scenic attractions. Allow for a quiet walk through gracious trees, with the water alive with birds. Check out the aviary or take a stroll at dusk when the fountain lights up and the multi-coloured light beams highlight the trees.

    Virginia lake is also the home of the Winter Gardens, an Art Deco façade concealing a conservatory and three outdoor display areas in the walled garden. Admire the beautiful array of exotic flowering plants and vines, free for visitors to discover.


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Virginia Lake


Address: Great North Road, St Johns Hill, Wanganui

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    Virginia Lake has long been one of Wanganuis top scenic attractions. Allow for a quiet walk through gracious trees, with the water alive with birds. Check out the aviary or take a stroll at dusk when the fountain lights up and the multi-coloured light beams highlight the trees.

    Virginia lake is also the home of the Winter Gardens, an Art Deco façade concealing a conservatory and three outdoor display areas in the walled garden. Admire the beautiful array of exotic flowering plants and vines, free for visitors to discover.


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Moutoa Gardens / Pakaitore


   

Address: Moutoa Gardens, Wanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, 4500

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  • Named after the Battle of Moutoa Island in the Second Taranaki War in 1864, the Park contains a memorial to the battle. Historically, Pakaitore was a traditional fi shing settlement for hundreds of years and later became a marketplace.

    Overlooked from the District Courthouse, these quiet gardens contain mature native and exotic trees, and several memorials.


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Moutoa Gardens / Pakaitore


Address: Corner of Market Place and Taupo Quay, Wanganui

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    Named after the Battle of Moutoa Island in the Second Taranaki War in 1864, the Park contains a memorial to the battle. Historically, Pakaitore was a traditional fi shing settlement for hundreds of years and later became a marketplace.

    Overlooked from the District Courthouse, these quiet gardens contain mature native and exotic trees, and several memorials.


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Old Cemetery Heritage Walks


   

Address: 11 Heads Road, Wanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

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  • Old Cemetery Heritage Walk. Heads Road Cemetery. One of the oldest European cemeteries in New Zealand, the first burial recorded here was in November 1843. A brochure (available from the i-SITE) provides information on many significant people and events in Wanganuis history.


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Old Cemetery Heritage Walks


Address: 11 Heads Road, Wanganui

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    Old Cemetery Heritage Walk. Heads Road Cemetery. One of the oldest European cemeteries in New Zealand, the first burial recorded here was in November 1843. A brochure (available from the i-SITE) provides information on many significant people and events in Wanganuis history.


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The Cenotaph


   

Address: Queens Park, Wanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui

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  • The Cenotaph is a memorial to the men and women of Wanganui who died in the First World War (1914 – 1918). The Dawn Parade service is held here each year on the 25th of April. While the idea of the Dawn Parade originated in Australia, Wanganui was the first city in New Zealand to adopt this service in 1936.

    The decision to build a war memorial was made in 1919 but there was fierce debate over where to site it. The first proposal was to build a tower on top of Durie Hill but there was an equally strong call for a more central memorial. Both projects went ahead and architects Reginald Ford and Robert Talboys won a design competition for the central Cenotaph memorial.

    Local firm Walpole and Patterson constructed the monument from reinforced concrete faced with Coromandel granite. The cross on each of the four faces represents the sacrifice made by the fallen, while the lamp is a symbol of eternal life.

    Shell cases were placed beneath the monument containing messages from the then Governor General, the Prime Minister, the Mayor of Wanganui, and the Wanganui RSA. Other items such as copies of Wanganui newspapers, a set of stamps, coins of the realm and the originals of children’s prize essays from a writing competition about the monument were also included.

    The memorial was unveiled on Armistice Day, 11 November 1923, by Colonel Melville, Commanding Officer of the Wellington Military District.


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The Cenotaph


Address: Queens Park, Wanganui

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    The Cenotaph is a memorial to the men and women of Wanganui who died in the First World War (1914 – 1918). The Dawn Parade service is held here each year on the 25th of April. While the idea of the Dawn Parade originated in Australia, Wanganui was the first city in New Zealand to adopt this service in 1936.

    The decision to build a war memorial was made in 1919 but there was fierce debate over where to site it. The first proposal was to build a tower on top of Durie Hill but there was an equally strong call for a more central memorial. Both projects went ahead and architects Reginald Ford and Robert Talboys won a design competition for the central Cenotaph memorial.

    Local firm Walpole and Patterson constructed the monument from reinforced concrete faced with Coromandel granite. The cross on each of the four faces represents the sacrifice made by the fallen, while the lamp is a symbol of eternal life.

    Shell cases were placed beneath the monument containing messages from the then Governor General, the Prime Minister, the Mayor of Wanganui, and the Wanganui RSA. Other items such as copies of Wanganui newspapers, a set of stamps, coins of the realm and the originals of children’s prize essays from a writing competition about the monument were also included.

    The memorial was unveiled on Armistice Day, 11 November 1923, by Colonel Melville, Commanding Officer of the Wellington Military District.


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War Memorial Tower


   

Address: Durie Hill Memorial Tower‎ Tower Crescent, Durie Hill, Wanganui 4500

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  • The War Memorial Tower was built in 1925 from fossilized shell rock and is 33.5 metres tall. It has 176 spiral steps which lead you up to the viewing platform at the top from which you can an experience an amazing 360 degree panoramic view of Wanganui. From here you can see as far as Mount Tarankai, Ruapehu and the Tasman Sea.

    Opening hours: Daily from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm


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    The War Memorial Tower was built in 1925 from fossilized shell rock and is 33.5 metres tall. It has 176 spiral steps which lead you up to the viewing platform at the top from which you can an experience an amazing 360 degree panoramic view of Wanganui. From here you can see as far as Mount Tarankai, Ruapehu and the Tasman Sea.

    Opening hours: Daily from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm


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