FOR IMMEDIATE USE
Wellington’s historic Wrights Hill Fortress in Karori will be open for public inspection again on Waitangi Day, SATURDAY, February 6th. The World War Two coastal battery first opened to the public in 1989, and will be accessible between 10am and 4pm.
On Waitangi Day people are invited to self-guide themselves through the tunnels and gun emplacements. The walk usually takes about one hour and there will also be a number of guided tours during the day. Bring a torch with you for some fun!
Visitors will be able to explore the 620 metres of underground tunnels with a free map and history pamphlet. They will see shell stores, plotting rooms and the huge gun pit where Gun Number 1 used to stand, as well as a replica of the 10 metre-long gun barrel.
Also on show will be historic photos, and an assortment of military weapons. A DVD of how a 9.2-inch gun operates will be showing as well. The World War Two Fortress is the only one of its type in New Zealand available to the public on five Open Days a year.