Saturday, April 28, 2012


 ANZAC (Australia New Zealand Army Corp) Day is celebrated on April 25th.  It is equivalent to the United States Veteran's Day.  The celebrations start with a gun salute and talks at the government offices and then a small parade with the veterans.  There are all different celebrations during the day but we decided to visit the Wrights Hill Fortress in Karori which is only open to the public 4 times a year on Waitangi Day, ANZAC Day, Queen's Birthday and Labour Day.
 Wright's Hill Fortress is a coastal battery built to protect Wellington City from possible enemy attack from the Pacific in World War Two. The extensive underground work which consists of numerous tunnels was started in November 1942. There are 2,030 feet of interconnecting tunnel.
 According to the pamphlet this fortress contained an engine room, oil store, fortress and battery plotting room. three gun stores, a command post, and stairways and landings to three gun pits, as well as the interconnecting tunnels.
One of the numerous tunnels

One of the guns

The top of the fortress

Entrance to the fortress

View of Wellington from the fortress

April 25, 2012

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