This workshop space is part of a former psychiatric hospital which once housed patients with psychotic illnesses, the senile and alcoholics. Opened in 1887, it was at…… Read more “Come Again”
Located in Brooklyn, Wellington this Freemason’s lodge was the largest lodge in the Wellington region. The secretive Freemason’s had left a lot of treasures to be found…… Read more “The Abandoned Masonic Lodge”
A longstanding employee of Tip Top’s bakery in Wellington succinctly documents personal and professional concerns in the year of its closure. A bakery had existed on the… Read more "Bye Bye Tip Top"
In 1973, under the watch of Matron Grattan, this now-demolished former nurses' home at Wellington Hospital operated by "standards of conduct . . . akin to those… Read more "Good Night, Nurse"
Erskine college built in 1905 is due for demolition this year and any day now the demolition crews will move in. Urbex Central decided to take one…… Read more “Rest in peace Erskine College.”
We came across this dilapidated, soon to be demolished house recently after having it on our radar for quite some. After a shall we say, tight crawl…… Read more “Abandoned Cook House”
This medical centre located in Wellington, New Zealand suffered an extensive fire recently under suspicious circumstances, everything was still left here like the day of the fire.…… Read more “Abandoned Wellington Medical Centre”
This building was originally the forensic’s unit of an abandoned lunatic asylum which closed for good in 2007. The decay and mold were immense in this building,…… Read more “Abandoned Forensic Lab, Lunatic Asylum, North Island, New Zealand”
This cricket grandstand and its surrounds, built in 1925 were originally built by prison labour and they were a popular recreational spot for colonial settlers. Ninety one…… Read more “Abandoned Wellington Grandstand”
This large (by NZ standards) purpose built former tertiary institute expired at around the same time this Kodak Ektar 64T film did. And just like this 35mm expired film, it…… Read more “Expired”
Exploring a century old shipwreck near Wellington recently… https://vimeo.com/133434536
Sitting unused and idle for the last 14 years after closing in 2001 and sitting next to an active military base, this old polytech has been a…… Read more “Abandoned Polytechnic”
Inside an abandoned former catholic girls school/farm/’rehabilitation unit’ we visited in mid 2013. Founded by a French sisterhood in 1953 -“the girls who came into the care of the…… Read more “The Farm”
https://vimeo.com/123483243 Getting all religious at an historic abandoned chapel recently…
Urbex Central found this abandoned bar situated in Wellington a couple of years ago, on a recent revisit we noticed the location had been trashed and tagged…… Read more “‘Devil’s Angles’ Gang House”
Chilling out on a hot summers day (today) in some favorite UC tunnels/conduits...
Hiding down a Wellington side street lies this abandoned doctors clinic, declared ‘earthquake prone’ in 2012, the fate of this building is undecided. Most things were stripped…… Read more “Abandoned Doctors Clinic”
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…… Read more “Wellington’s Abandoned Chapel”
There were fireworks in town and we knew the best spot to catch them 🙂
Built in 1903, the Korokoro dam was the first gravity fed concrete dam in New Zealand. It was originally constructed to supply water to Petone, some kilometers…… Read more “Korokoro dam”
Until finding this place, I had no idea there was any kind of undercity in Wellington (drains notwithstanding). It seems this hulking highrise luxury hotel has been…… Read more “Undercity – House beneath the hotel”
This former quarantine station was first opened in 1872 for people arriving New Zealand with contagious diseases. The facilities were refurbished and extended in 1918-19 and were… Read more "Quarantined"
We explored this former Italian restaurant two years ago, just prior to demolition. Remiro Bresolin, a flamboyant pioneer of Italian cuisine in New Zealand and legend of Wellington's… Read more "II Casino"
We had a peek around some of the abandoned buildings and wharves on this abandoned navy base.
https://vimeo.com/100685477 This former conference and accommodation complex- closed due to being "earthquake prone"- is still very, very vacant...
At the fringe of this neglected community garden area, there was a strange, landscaped new-age prayer circle thing. It wasn't peaceful, inspirational, meditative etc... just a bit… Read more "Mother Earth"
Just beneath the top of one of Wellington city’s highest peaks there is a peculiar little tunnel, originally built to service a now defunct reservoir this tunnel…… Read more “Gravity fed”
The state of this house is almost as awful as the movie, in fact we’re not sure whether it was a house or a barracks for the…… Read more “I Am Number 4”
A re-posted video of Petone College from early 2013. This former high school- abandoned, vandalized and the victim of numerous arson attacks- has finally been euthanized to… Read more "Escuela Mala"
One of our old haunts has finally been demolished. Hutt Valley High School (formerly Petone Technical College) was closed in 1998, but partially used up until 2002.… Read more "Bad Education (redux)"
We explored a drain that runs underneath the edge of a cemetery, this video documents our journey into hell and back.
We visited this infamous Wellington suburb two years ago, just as the demolition of 88 state houses had begun. The area had gained national attention due to… Read more "The Cres"
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”
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”
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”
Now that Wellington’s violent (some reaching 200km/hr winds) spring storms are finally ebbing away we can get back down into the slippery drains running through the city.…… Read more “Drainy Season”
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
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”
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”