Uncover WWII Secrets on Waiheke with Fort Stony Batter Tunnels

Fort Stony Batter Tunnels 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 military secrecy, the complex comprises 1.2km’s of subterranean passages, chambers and stairwells all tunneled by hand. The fortress was designed to take direct enemy bombardment and is in a very high state of preservation. This is an Architectural, Engineering and Construction marvel.

We offer guided tours of the subterranean tunnel complex in 2 options:

A Highlight Tour to Magazines, Gun Stores, and Passages extending 200m into the complex arriving at art galleries and performance spaces @25minutes.

And, a Heritage Tour taking in all of the Highlight then descending 7 stories underground to the Engine Room and Command Bunker, exiting into an early growth forest @ 50 minutes.

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Taste and Graze package- Buy 2 get 2 free!

Savour our award-winning craft spirits, soak up the endless views and save $140.

Package for 4 includes; G&T or Vodka Soda on arrival, guided gin or vodka tasting boards, shared cheese platter, freshly baked bread with olive oil and balsamic reduction and finish with a flourish, your choice of one of our stunning cocktails.

Redeemable for a min. of 4 guests on Wednesday-Friday and Sundays 11am - 6pm, subject to availability.

Must be booked in advance here.

Don't have a Waiheke Winter Passport? Purchase one HERE.

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