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 … Continue reading New Zealand’s Island Fortress
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 … Continue reading Machineries of Joy
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 … Continue reading Reflaxing
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 … Continue reading Cargill’s Castle
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 … Continue reading The Holiday Inn
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 … Continue reading Teachers College
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.