Category Archives: 2014

New Zealand’s Island Fortress

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 short swim across to the island we navigated our way up the steep barbed wire bank. Once inside the fort we were met by a beautifully designed historic fort which included a labyrinth of tunnels with torpedo and mine stores. The two disappearing guns on the fort were completed in 1895 and were never actually used to fire a shot in their years as part of the island fortification.

We hope they can restore this unique part of New Zealand’s history once again for visitors to appreciate it.

 

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Machineries of Joy

https://vimeo.com/150460938

This viaduct was built at the very end of the 19th century, overcoming a major valley obstacle in the construction of a national rail line in New Zealand. It is over 200 metres long and at over 70 metres high it was in its time the highest viaduct in the country. The construction took six years due to adverse weather and soil conditions, and a lengthy stoppage in steel production in the UK. Shot and edited in 1080p full HD by Gunner.

Reflaxing

https://vimeo.com/150385636

Gunner writes: So I’ve been thinking about time. In less than nine and a half hours NZ will herald in a new year. Time is important. That’s why I spend so much of it making films of experiences I wish to remember. That’s also why I edit them so carefully: so as to not waste my viewers’ precious time. And finally, friends, that’s why I appreciate each and every one of you who invests a little of your time into watching the films that I make, and encouraging me to make more, to live more. Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou. Kia kaha e arohanui, from Aoteraroa, New Zealand. G x
Shot and edited in 1080p full HD by Gunner.

Cargill’s Castle

Cargill’s castle is located on a beautiful position overlooking the pacific ocean, it is one of only two castle’s in New Zealand.
Gutted by fire and restored in the 1940’s to be abandoned in ruins till present day this castle is protected by a trust who are trying to fun raise to turn the castle into an attraction, sadly there seems to have been little progress since 2012.

This was a fun little explore and is a well known landmark between locals of Dunedin, the castle used to even have it’s own private access to a beach down a winding staircase, which has now fallen to disrepair, it is rumored the cliffs surrounding have played victim to numerous suicide jumps throughout the years and access to the cliff is now fenced off.

 

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The Holiday Inn

Abandoned and severely crippled by the earthquake this hotel had also played host to an arsonist over the years.

Cautiously venturing around the burnt ruins of this hotel you could smell and feel the wet carpets from when the fire was brought under control. We could hear the faint beeping of nearby smoke alarms and motion detectors for an alarm we thought could surely not work anymore due to the damage.

Further into our explore we finally found what we were searching for the pool, sauna, gym and main reception! Excitement flowed through us as we took our photos quickly, cautious of triggering any alarm. Once we had finished with the pool we entered the reception, an amazing space seemingly untouched with tourist pamphlets from 2011 still sitting there, one step further and we would finally set off the security alarm, piercing our ears letting us know it was probably time to go.

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Teachers College

This beautiful heritage building was once a teachers college and acted as an apartment block before it was badly damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes. There is a promise made to rebuild and restore the building but years on little progress has been made.

Walking inside with the floor creaking beneath us we cautiously stepped inside over rippled earthquake damaged flooring, greeted by breathtaking character of a once beautiful building.

 

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Wellington’s Abandoned Chapel

It has been a long time since urbexcentral visited this beauty, a famous abandoned icon of our city.
While the rest of the buildings fall further into despair the chapel remains mainly untouched, preserved and safe from graffiti for now – let’s hope it stays that way.