Milton Wool Mill – Milton, Otago

Milton is a town of 2,000 people, located on State Highway 1, 50 kilometres to the south of Dunedin in Otago, New Zealand. It lies on the floodplain of the Tokomairiro River, one branch of which loops past the north and south ends of the town. This river gives its name to many local features,… Continue reading Milton Wool Mill – Milton, Otago

Chateau Tongariro Hotel

Hotel Chateau Tongariro

Chateau Tongariro is a New Zealand hotel and resort complex located close to Whakapapa ski-field on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu. It is also close to the volcanic peaks of Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe, within the borders of the Tongariro National Park, New Zealand’s oldest national park. The Chateau Tongariro Hotel building was finished… Continue reading Chateau Tongariro Hotel

Waiouru Military Camp

Waiouru Military Camp

Waiouru Military Camp is a camp of the New Zealand Army in the central North Island near Waiouru. All New Zealand Army soldiers complete their initial basic training at Waiouru Military Camp. History In mid-1940, 800 construction workers from the Ministry of Works built the training camp with capacity for 7000 soldiers. Within six weeks… Continue reading Waiouru Military Camp

Alberton House – Mt Albert

Alberton is a distinctive colonial mansion, built about 1863 by one of Auckland’s elite landed families. Once the centre of an estate that stretched as far as the eye could see, this beautiful building grew from a farmhouse into an 18-room mansion – including Oriental styled decorative verandahs and towers. Famous in the 19th Century… Continue reading Alberton House – Mt Albert

Carrington Unitec: Building One

Carrington Hospital, now Unitec Institute of Technology Whau Lunatic Asylum (or: Lunatic Asylum at the Whau; later: Auckland Lunatic Asylum, Avondale Lunatic Asylum, Avondale Hospital, Auckland Mental Health Hospital, Oakley Hospital; Carrington Psychiatric Hospital; commonly Carrington/Oakley Hospital) was a psychiatric hospital on the Oakley Farm Estate situated in Point Chevalier, Auckland. Built in 1865 on… Continue reading Carrington Unitec: Building One

Carrington Mental Hospital (Unitec) – Building 76

Unitec was founded as “Carrington Technical Institute” in 1976 on the Mt Albert site on Carrington Rd, which has 55 hectares of grounds. The area on which Unitec’s main campus is located was formerly home to the Whau Mental Hospital, later known as Carrington Hospital. The hospital was decommissioned during the early 1990s, and the… Continue reading Carrington Mental Hospital (Unitec) – Building 76

Larnach Castle, Dunedin

  Larnach Castle (also referred to as “Larnach’s Castle”), is an imposing mansion on the ridge of the Otago Peninsula within the limits of the city of Dunedin, close to the small settlement of Pukehiki. It is one of a few houses of this scale in New Zealand. The house and its grounds are regularly… Continue reading Larnach Castle, Dunedin

Waitomo Caves Hotel

Location & History Waitomo Caves Hotel was first originally called Waitomo House, then in 1905 the Tourist Department bought it & renamed it the Government Hostel. Waitomo Caves Hotel is situated upon a natural high-point in an area of limestone rock honeycombed with natural caves and underground streams. Many of these caves are regarded as Tapu (sacred)… Continue reading Waitomo Caves Hotel

Moehau Man – New Zealand’s Bigfoot

The Moehau Man There are legends and stories of huge bushmen that abound around the world. In North America there is the Sasquatch or Big Foot, Asia has the Yeti, and Australia the Yowie. And while they are geographically separated, in some case by vast distances and oceans, their descriptions are always somewhat similar. New… Continue reading Moehau Man – New Zealand’s Bigfoot

The Three Witches, Auckland Domain

The legend of the Three Witches There are stories that have been wafting around in time, of three witches that were hanged in the 1800’s from trees in swamp land which has now become the beautiful and iconic Auckland Domain. There are tales (urban legends perhaps) of people walking through the park being ambushed by… Continue reading The Three Witches, Auckland Domain

Kingseat History and Nurses Hostel Walk-through

We uncover the chequered history of this notoriously haunted psychiatric hospital and share our impressions from our initial location scout at the former nurses hostel and Spookers attraction.