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Welcome to Wrights Hill Fortress

The Wights Hill Fortress, built during World War Two, the Fortress located in Karori, Wellington consists of an underground network of tunnels, operation rooms and three gun emplacements. Society members take the public on a one hour long guided tour on Open Days. You can also wander around yourself with the help of a free history pamphlet and map. The experience is fascinating for people of all ages and gives adults and children alike an insight into the measures taken to protect New Zealand during World War Two.


Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.   Wrights Hill Fortress was built in the 1940’s as a long range coastal battery to protect Wellington city and environs from possible enemy attack and invasion from the Pacific in World War Two. The site was selected as early as 1935, but it […]

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Restoration is a long process, it takes time and a lot of energy. Here is what we have done since 1992!   The Fortress was suffering from many years of neglect when the Karori Lions entered it in 1988. Their first task was to clear up the accumulated mess and provide improved security for the […]

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Open Days

Please note that due to COVID-19, future open days planned can be cancelled. Upcoming open days will be posted on the home page. Waitangi Day, February 6 ANZAC Day, April 25 Queens Birthday, June (first Monday) Labour Day, October (third Monday) December Open Day, December 28 On these open days, the fortress hours are 10am […]

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About Us

This is our story.   The Wrights Hill Fortress Restoration Society formed in 1992, with the aim of preserving and restoring the Fortress. We also took over running the Open Days from the Lions. As part of our ongoing restoration of the Fortress, we hold weekly working bees, at which general maintenance and restoration activities […]

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Latest Posts

NEWS RELEASE – JAN / FEB 2021 – Waitangi Day Open Day
Administrator | February 1, 2021 | No Comments


Wellington’s historic Wrights Hill Fortress in Karori will be open for public inspection again on Waitangi Day,…

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NEWS RELEASE – November 2020 – December 28th Open Day
Administrator | November 21, 2020 | No Comments


OPEN DAY- December 28th 2020, 10AM- 4PM + CANCELLED

Wellington’s historic…

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