The information I had surrounding this location sounded almost mythological, an abandoned North Korean prison movie set in Queenstown?
Since access to the mountain had been closed for the last five years, I had to go in the hard way, straight up the sheer face of the mountain! A few cuts and bruises later navigating dense bush, deer and goat I finally reached the top.
What greeted me felt so out of place, an old North Korean prison surrounding by beautiful Queenstown scenery, Awesome!
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Interesting to see this mentioned in the nz Herald.
I had a look through it in 2000 when the park (but not the set)’was open to the public. It was more substantial at that time and looks like a lot of it has been demolished since. I recall it been in a pretty dilapidated state even then.
The Deer Park was a fab kiwi day out. Superb scenery. Great film location spots including the prison. Animal feeding for the kids. A real low priced treat. I tried to return there last year not knowing that access was closed, only to have a heavily made up, snobby nosed woman, get in my face about it being ‘private property’ and not open to the ‘general’ public. The whole bloody mountain!. Totally selfish, and an absolute crime for future generations. Good on you for getting up there and taking these shots to remind us what has been land grabbed. Great pics.
I have lived in QT over 7 years but just only know this place from your photo.
Would you mind to share where is this place?