When we see a sign that says ‘Danger: Do Not Enter’, we understand that this is simply a shorthand way of saying ‘Leaving Protected Zone: Demonstrate Personal Accountability Beyond This Point’. Jeff Chapman (aka Ninjalicious)
Welcome to Urbex Central. We are a loose affiliation of urban explorers based around the geographical centre of New Zealand who for various reasons make a habit of leaving the ‘protected zone’. Essentially, we go wherever we please throughout New Zealand and overseas, and document our adventures in still and moving images and in words. From subterranean tunnels up to the tops of towers and roofs, from abandoned sites through to active sites, we each have our particular haunts. Use the dropdown menus down on the right of this page to browse by geographical region (for example: Auckland), or for location category (for example: rooftopping, draining, abandoned, bridges, ship). We also have a highlights category where we will variously showcase some of our favourite explorations.
Some of us explore to uncover and to document the forbidding beauty of abandoned, overlooked, secluded or restricted environments. Some of us enjoy personally experiencing the concept of public ownership by exploring urban infrastructure that has been built out of our contributions as tax-paying citizens. Some of us explore for the physical, psychological and ethical challenges involved with confounding the porous barriers around us that separate the known environment from the lesser known.
All of us share the desire to learn from and to interact with the world around us in deeper ways. And together, we try to do so leaving as light a footprint as we possibly can. Please enjoy and revisit our site which is constantly getting updated. 369 posts at the time of writing this, and that’s after only one year online!
If you’d like to get in contact, to find out more about the New Zealand urban exploration communities, perhaps get involved or come experience urbex with us, drop us a message via the contact tab top right. Alternatively, here are a few links via which you can follow what we are doing: