Sea View Asylum

Located in a tiny town on a remote coast of New Zealand lies this bizarre and mysterious old mental hospital which started life as a gaol and decommissioned as a hospital in the 90’s. Amazingly throughout its operation there were no reports of mistreatment unlike other hospitals of this era, however due to the remoteness of this place it makes you wonder even more what really happened between these walls with electric shock treatment being just one of the horrible treatments used at the time.

On our drive over to this asylum, U.K based explorer WildBoyz,  who had joined up with us for this explore seemed rather perplexed by the windy roads and the remoteness of where we were headed, persistent in my desire to find this location I reassured him it would be worth the drive, I hope you will agree.

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34 thoughts on “Sea View Asylum

    1. I’m from there not really that spooky to be honest, there is a church and people live up there too about 5 minutes walk from the main road into town

      1. Hokitika NZ
        Its not going to matter about the vandlas mate. Since those photos the whole place has been let go to rot by the owners. Soon to be bulldozed.

  1. I used to work there till 1997, think it was about 4 years later it was closed. In its time it was one of the most advanced hospitals in the southern hemisphere

  2. Shesh has dilapidated a lot in the last 10 years since I last walked through there. Although they have missed some of the underground tunnels

      1. Yes there are/were tunnels between the villas which connected the central heating (steam) and water from the boiler room (North end of the Hospital) to each villa. I went through the tunnels many years ago. There were even underground rooms where mini boilers where installed at some stage (the boilers where gone when I was in there). I rented a house on the grounds when it was a working hospital.

      1. It was a good place to work… I started my nursing career there27 years ago. Great team work, mind you, you needed that kind of support to keep ones own sanity! But it was a typical institution. progress had to be made, yet sad to see it in this state! Thanks for the great memories!

    1. Hey Gavin – the good ol’ days when we used to play in the cemetery and sometimes venture around SeaView on our bikes – looks pretty sad since those days ay? Bec (Ward)

  3. My Mum worked there before I was born. It really wasn’t viewed as a bad place back in the day. But now all forgotten and forlorn it has developed the ‘creep’ factor for sure!! At one point there was talk of a major new international development happening on the site, but the world economic downturn saw that all fizzle out.

  4. I use to work there before it closed down for good there is a book out about b4 it become a hospital when it use to be a jail think its called misery hill ,

  5. I have memories of singing carols there every Christmas for the patients. There was also a general hospital there at one stage.
    I don’t think it is creepy, just neglected.

  6. I used to work there and loved my job, it was very sad for me when I had to leave due to personal circumstances as I had worked there for 20 years straight from school. Its very sad to see these pictures as what it is like today, was a great loss. I have heaps of good and some not so good memories of my time there, from the staff and patients I worked with , I worked in mental health for a further 6 years after I left but it was never the same but worse, I retrained to include general nursing and am now district nursing in the community, I will never work in the mental health field again.

  7. If it was such a good place then why do so many people in the community get all up set and try change the subject when ever someone starts asking questions about what was really going on, I know for a fact that there were dodgy things done to the patients in the early days, hell if you were a pregnant teen and the father of the child was not around you were sent there and put on god knows what drugs, sad part is a lot of people who in today’s society you would call normal went there and never left. there is nothing about the place at the museum that is actually worth reading.
    everything has been deleted from history. there is a memorial for the body’s that were just chucked in holes after they had been experimented on and died but all it says is something about unmarked graves. sad really, place should be burnt down

  8. My mum worked there, and I was born there. The maternity ward was beautiful, and overlooked the sea, with lovely gardens. Later I worked there part time in the kitchen. We had a fantastic vege garden out the back of the kitchen, and the mental patients used to come in and see us all the time. It was a very peaceful place when I worked there, it saddens me everytime I go up there for a drive.

  9. i worked there for a short time, my parents worked there for 15 years, never heard of anything dodgy happening to patients, lived in a staff house for a few years and explored the bush and grounds throughly never found any tunnels tho

  10. It’s so beautiful up there the view is amazing, I never heard of anything bad going on there, nice walk up there

  11. my mother used to go there as we were kids not very good memories but hey it helped her thanks to the support from staff

  12. i lived a short distance from Sea View, incredibly interesting location very creepy, have had paranormal experiences at Sea View and lived in close proximity to it and our house was haunted, seen apparitions, lights turning on and off when the curtains are closed and there is no electricity in particular buildings, would knock on the doors to make sure nobody was inside, thanks for the story very fascinating would love to do a paranormal investigation up there as so little is known about this location, very mysterious.

    1. Um lived there for over 4 years. Roamed those buildings in total darkness, no torch, and only felt sadness and loneliness, no ghosts. Loved those empty buildings and took care of them. I spent the night , alone, in Kotuku and nothing. The only horrible thing that is there is the drunk who runs it. Not to mention the owners who do not live on the coast and dont care for history unless they can make a buck out of it.

  13. My home town. .Worked there 20+ years ago. . Was great place for those who weren’t wanted in society. .most of the staff were cool and cared about the patients. Also know of some horror stories. . Shame is in such a state as its in such a beautiful spot. .

  14. My great-grandmother was a patient here, went in when she was pregnant and never left. A lot of my family are buried in the cemetery as well. Mum took me up on our last family trip up there and had some great stories to tell.

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