In 1973, under the watch of Matron Grattan, this now-demolished former nurses' home at Wellington Hospital operated by "standards of conduct . . . akin to those… Read more "Good Night, Nurse"
Another victim of the earthquakes, this historic wartime island was once used as a quarantine station, Maori fortification and a defence against Russian attacks. On arrival and after a…… Read more “New Zealand’s Island Fortress”
Inside an abandoned former catholic girls school/farm/’rehabilitation unit’ we visited in mid 2013. Founded by a French sisterhood in 1953 -“the girls who came into the care of the…… Read more “The Farm”
October 2013: There was no point in trying to talk Gunner out of surmounting yet another obstacle- an historic abandoned suspension bridge.
A re-posted video of Petone College from early 2013. This former high school- abandoned, vandalized and the victim of numerous arson attacks- has finally been euthanized to… Read more "Escuela Mala"
One of our old haunts has finally been demolished. Hutt Valley High School (formerly Petone Technical College) was closed in 1998, but partially used up until 2002.… Read more "Bad Education (redux)"
This former high school closed in 2007, and despite more than $85,000 spent on security since, fed-up residents have arranged patrols after systematic vandalism and theft. A… Read more "Carpe Diem"
This series of abandoned railway tunnels, almost look like portals to another dimension…
This tower that once supported a railway bridge, now looks more like a prop from a Peter Jackson movie. A prop nonetheless, that Gunner was obliged to…… Read more “The Sentinel”
This car wreckers yard was the set of the New Zealand cult classic film Smash Palace released in 1981. The junkyard offers a rare opportunity to see…… Read more “Smash You Bro”
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for Urbex Central. Thanks for watching and stay tuned for 2014… Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall…… Read more “2013 in review”
This abandoned thermal resort has sat vacant for years, cats both living and dead can be found throughout the premises and the place has a very…… Read more “Thermal Resort”
This 1930′s era totalisator building was a real joy to explore and document, thousands of people used to attend the race courses of New Zealand commuting by train…… Read more “Building compute”
One of New Zealand’s oldest prisons has finally closed its doors after a century of incarcerations. Getting into a prison is a bit of an oxymoron, but…… Read more “In Prison”
Gunner hardly requires an introduction here at Urbex Central. No doubt you'll be more than familiar with his antics- in particular his dizzying, vertigo inducing videos. Our… Read more "Gunner"
Once a firing range, gym and sauna this colourful location ravaged by nature now awaits demolition.
Closed since 1987 this old meatworks has lay idle to decay. Its days are up and demolition is now in full swing.
This former quarantine site is still full of macabre reminders of its former life, it now sits abandoned and vacant.
This 253 meter long former railway tunnel- constructed in the 1870′s- came to the end of it’s working life in 1955 when a replacement tunnel was opened.… Read more "Portal"
https://vimeo.com/78395397 Exploring the labyrinthian maze of a former cool store complex…
With the beginning of summer we cracked 4 new drains in one day, and met plenty of friendly eels along the way.
Opened in 1980 as a standalone abortion clinic. A place of much controversy and protest throughout the years now lays idle with little remaining of its past…… Read more “Termination”
Exploring some of the wards of the abandoned hospital in central New Zealand featured in our previous posts. Click on each thumbnail to view the full picture.…… Read more “Hospital on the Hill pt 4: Wards”
Now that Wellington’s violent (some reaching 200km/hr winds) spring storms are finally ebbing away we can get back down into the slippery drains running through the city.…… Read more “Drainy Season”
One of Wellington’s defining features is our fleet of trolley buses, we found a couple of older models rusting in a paddock and decided on an inspection.…… Read more “Trolleying”
Fording a stream in a rather unconventional manner, because here at Urbex Central we feel you don’t always need to take Urban Exploration seriously 🙂 https://vimeo.com/76758514
Gunner gets in some tight rope walking practise up the cables of an abandoned suspension bridge. This particular bridge was a crucial factor to the success of… Read more "Man on Wire"
Exploring abandoned buildings offers all sorts of opportunities to see areas that would normally be off limits to the general public, including dimly lit service tunnels and…… Read more “Hospital on the Hill pt 3: Utilities”
An old Primary school near Taupo my friend used to attend, now left to ruin after a decline in numbers.
This imposing building on the hill overlooking a small country town has had several uses in it’s lifetime. It was initially constructed as a hospital for veterans…… Read more “Hilltop Sanatorium”
Driving through the Manawatu at night can be boring, but not when you have abandoned buildings and stars to take photos of! Featured in this post are…… Read more “Night Riding”
As I was rattling by on the train I noticed this small train boneyard in the middle of the countryside – and we decided that it deserved…… Read more “NZR – Boneyard”
https://vimeo.com/74441479 Okay- so what else do you call a video exploring an abandoned school gymnasium full of pigeon poop...? 🙂
These huge abandoned warehouses still contain a plethora of heavy machinery including huge lathes and industrial sized milling machines.
This former highschool was closed about 15 years ago. The decay and vandalism that has occurred in the interim is astounding. It’s finally due for demolition soon… Read more "Bad Education"
https://vimeo.com/73066875 "Don't play on the tracks- head for the high ground". Why not do both? Part II of Escarpment...
The power station which at one point powered the island, from what I can tell the facilities now on the island are now powered in part by…… Read more “Cockatoo Island 4 – Power Station”
http://vimeo.com/71327520 "I've never let my school interfere with my education." Mark Twain
The islands prison, and the garrison to guard them were a readily available source of workers for the islands shipyard and to quarry the sandstone of which…… Read more “Cockatoo Island 3 – Gaol + Fort”
Underneath the Island, in the areas not hewn away to make room for heavy industry, Cockatoo island is criss-crossed with a myriad of tunnels, facilitating the movement…… Read more “Cockatoo Island 2 – Tunnels”
Littering the Cockatoo Island landscape, these sentinels are an imposing sight on the skyline. Many of the cranes have fallen into incredible states of disrepair, with some…… Read more “Cockatoo Island 1 – Cranes”