See & Do

Durie Hill Elevator


Local Tip


Built all the way back in 1919, this is the country's only public transport elevator and is still in operation today, used daily by locals and visitors. To reach the elevator, you'll pass through a fascinating pedestrian tunnel, known as an adit, with no exit point. Once you step on board, you'll be whisked away on a 66-metre journey to the top of the hill.

Not only is the Durie Hill Elevator an exciting mode of transportation, but it also played a crucial role in the development of the Durie Hill Garden Suburb. This suburb, planned by architect Samuel Hurst Seager, is considered to be New Zealand's first modern suburb and was made possible thanks to the construction of the elevator. The elevator was operated by the company until 1942 when control was passed to the Council, who still owns and maintains it today. Don't miss out on the chance to step back in time and ride this historic piece of New Zealand's infrastructure!

42 Anzac Parade, 3 Blyth Street, Whanganui 4501