West Coast ghost town

Once a thriving railway township, Rewanui was abandoned in 1985 when the railway branch was closed. The town was taken care of and preserved by its caretaker until in 1988 where a huge landslide following a flood destroyed most of the buildings and bridges that remained, tragically killing the sole occupant of the town. After … Continue reading West Coast ghost town

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X Machina

Standing at 95 metres (312 ft), this is the tallest viaduct in Australasia. It took seven years to construct from 1930 due to unanticipated delays caused by the 1929 stock market crash and the Depression, and the 1931 Hawkes Bay earthquake. Its first use was for road traffic after large-scale flooding in April 1938 partly … Continue reading X Machina

Machineries of Joy

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

As Is Where Is

Beside a river that winds its way through New Zealand's mythically "clean and green" North Island is an odd kind of carpark. Stolen vehicles from the 1960's through to the 2000's have been pushed off a cliff above, and now lie where they fell in the dense bush: seemingly having dropped out of the sky. … Continue reading As Is Where Is