Eagle-eyed readers may notice we’ve got a bit of a thing for so-called “abandonedporn”. Most of the buildings we’ve covered over the years have come from far-away places – Italy, say, or Japan. But we’ve since discovered a piece of derelict beauty a little closer to home, in New Zealand.
These photos come to us from Greta van der Star and Tim Flower, who discovered an abandoned 1960s-era hotel while driving along Franz Josef in Aotearoa’s west coast. “Everything felt perfectly intact and ready for guests,” the pair remembers. “Asides from an eerie layer of silt covering the lower level.”
“Tumbled peach chairs and a Coke machine in the lobby made it hard to put a finger on what had happened there,” the pair says. “The biggest travesty being the bar and dance hall, still maintaining its glamour under all the silt and bordered-up windows.”
Only after the duo left and found enough reception did they discover what had happened to the place. “Less than a year prior, nearly 200 people were evacuated from the hotel when the Waiho River burst its banks, only months after the hotel decided not to engage with a plan to upgrade the current flood bank protection.”