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”
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…… Read more “Ruapehu Railways”
In a small country town that sits in the shadow of Mt Ruapehu there lies a shop, a shop bearing the same name as an infamous London…… Read more “Harrods?”
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"
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"
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”
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”
Once upon a time this complex housed New Zealand’s largest hospital complex, catering primarily towards those of an unsteady state of mind. The site now houses a…… Read more “Hospital Complexities”
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
Some exterior shots of the Battersea Powerstation- late 99. This iconic London structure is arguably the most recognisable face of British industrial architecture today. Famous for its… Read more "Battersea"
This defunct reservoir is no longer used to supply Wellington’s northern suburbs with water, despite that the weir remains full. The sunny day made for a good…… Read more “Water Wall”
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”
One of the first buildings we came across on the site was the hospital laundry, these machines once cleaned sheets, scrubs, and other laundry for the entire…… Read more “Hospital on the Hill pt 2: Hospital Laundry”
This abandoned hospital is currently being demolished from its imposing perch high up on a hill above a smaller town/city, we managed to inspect it before it’s…… Read more “Hospital on the Hill pt. 1 – Exterior”
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”
Vukovar, Croatia, 2002: Vukovar was utterly destroyed after a three month seige against the mostly Croat defenders by the Serb-dominated Yugoslav Army (JNA) in November 1991. Some…… Read more “Vukovar”
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”
At the close of the Second World War, this former Air Force base was converted into a “Mental Deficiency Colony” to house children deemed ‘backward’. By the…… Read more “The Centre”
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”
https://vimeo.com/70111583 Exploring what we think were former ammuntion stores- though from the ouside they look more like hobbit holes...
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”
This is the first in a new series of posts focusing on Cockatoo Island, situated in Sydney harbour, with each of these instalments focusing on a different aspect…… Read more “Cockatoo Island – Introduction/Teaser”
https://vimeo.com/69722320 "I had a terrible education. I attended a school for emotionally disturbed teachers." Woody Allen
Pyromania is an impulse control disorder in which individuals repeatedly fail to resist impulses to deliberately start fires, in order to relieve tension, for gratification or for… Read more "Pyro"
There are people who, like houses, are beautiful in dilapidation. Logan P. Smith
Beelitz-Heilstätten, just south of Berlin, was a large hospital complex that has its beginnings in 1898. Originally designed as a sanatorium – with the outbreak of World…… Read more “Beelitz-Heilstätten”
Abandoned rolling-stock, or so we thought. They'd been sitting there idle for years, but within a couple of weeks of our visit- they had disappeared without a… Read more "Rolling"
https://vimeo.com/67048510 "Never play on the train tracks"- but no one said anything about playing under the tracks...