Until finding this place, I had no idea there was any kind of undercity in Wellington (drains notwithstanding).
It seems this hulking highrise luxury hotel has been built directly on top of an old house which is accessible from a dank ledge perched beneath the overhead colossus. Supporting columns sprout from the floors and pigeons seem to have taken up residence in this old home. Given Wellington’s tectonic nature, this was somewhat of an uneasy location to explore – but a very cool one nonetheless.
I’m not sure what the motivation was here in not demolishing the house, perhaps it was impossible to do so given some heritage protection – so the developers may have just worked “around” the problem…
Some old hotel paperwork hint at the house being previously accessible from the hotel above – but now any such route has been sealed over and the only access is via a a climb through a trash, rat and sewage filled dead space between buildings.
4 thoughts on “Undercity – House beneath the hotel”
Uow! Interessante. Grande achado.
Where is this? Really keen to have look
Hello i know you dont give out information about the location but me and my friend live in miramar and would really love to go see this place if you would like to message me on my email that would be much much apeciated..thank you!!
Hey there, could you please email me the location me and my buddy would like to check it out, we are respectful and won’t tamper or vandalise anything.