Category Archives: Central NI (Tongariro-Ruapehu)

Machineries of Joy

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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.

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Skylarking

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The companion to Derelict Meat Killing Plant (tasty title BTW, Nilskill), this video walks through a massive freezing works closed since 2009. The whiteboard featuring the competition between respective day-shift and night-shift teams is poignant, with the final statistics of the last shift still visible long since the business failed. Shot and edited in 1080p full HD by Gunner.

Waikune Prison Part two

Abandoned since 1986 this derelict prison camp located in a remote area of the North Island in New Zealand barely resembles a prison. The prison is heavily decayed with surprisingly little vandalism and the prisons strange colour schemes were meant to help calm prisoners. Our road trip taking us to this prison began with a sunny 18 degrees, five hours later we were in snow, this place  had a very somber feeling to it.

With thanks to WildBoyzUE who joined Urbexcentral for this explore.

Smash You Bro

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 cars from multiple eras and in various states of decay – some are even in the process of being reclaimed by nature by means of plants growing inside them.

Ruapehu Railways

Standing at the feet of Mt Ruapehu are the remains of several railway viaducts in various stages of decay. Modernisation of the railway network and the move towards concrete bridges in place of the historic steel viaducts has meant that these symbols of industrialisation are no longer in use. One of the viaducts has been turned into a tourist attraction with the option of walking across it – on this viaduct I took the path less travelled and popped down for a look at the hidden service platform beneath its deck.

Thermal Resort

 

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 peculiar air about it. The lawns are mowed, the garden tended to and the cats fed. Someone has been looking after this place, despite the fact that it does not seem to have functioned as a business for many years.
The area this is located in has a reputation for being a little bit dodgy, and I couldn’t help but feel on edge walking around with a DSLR when there was a ute (SUV for you Americans) parked in an abandoned service station across the road with two unsavory types eyeballing me.