The Beauty of Lime and Concrete Factory Ruins

22/04/2012 at 6:37 pm

Old Lime and Cement Works, Warkworth, Auckland - Sids1

New Zealand: the place where concrete factory ruins look like churches, and churches like concrete factory ruins. Another masterpiece by the eagle-eyed Sids1, the genius behind classics like the pink sheep and the swollen rugby player statue, to name just a few.

Google Maps Location.

Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0) 2012 Sids1. Again, thank you very much!
Original here.


The Beauty of God. Or Not.

20/04/2012 at 7:09 pm

A charming example of what Kiwis are truly good at: staying relaxed – or chillaxed, if you prefer – and keeping things in perspective. If you ask me: the Agnostics present the slightly more convincing pitch here.

Ashburton Sign of God -

Organized Agnostics in NZ, Auckland - Rosemary Dukelow

Photos © 2012 Jenny M of the splendiferous german travel blog (top) and Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0) 2012 Rosemary Dukelow.
Original here.

The Beauty of Milford Houses

19/03/2012 at 9:50 pm

House in Milford, Auckland - Peter Pieruschka (

Our reader Peter Pieruschka provided this… angular peek onto the irritation that is New Zealand’s contemporary architecture. When Peter is not kindly helping out here – thanks, Peter! :) – he increases the alarmingly sturdy number of German-run websites discussing aspects of New Zealand: In his case much more constructive (and interesting) than us, but mostly written in ze german.

Google Maps Location (approx., feel free to hunt down the exact spot.)

Photo © 2012 Peter Pieruschka.

The Best of Ugly New Zealand – North Island

20/02/2012 at 10:32 pm

People, I’m slowly running a bit low on new material. That means…

1. Time for our gazillions millions thousands quite a few dunno, maybe a couple dozen? three friends to send new material, puh-leese!

2. Time for cheap reruns of lukewarm oldies: let’s start with a lovingly complied collection of the “Best of Ugly New Zealand Edition North Island (BOUNZENI)”. Sounds a bit like a hungarian car brand, if you ask me.

Keep calm, Dunners, I’ll follow up with the “Best of the South” these days.

The Beauty of Post Boxes in Auckland

26/10/2011 at 7:17 pm

Glendowie Auckland Postbox - Dom Yates

Reminds me of that news article about that elderly gentleman who mistook a rubbish bin for a post box over years, and wondered why nobody ever answered his letters. Like here, more a case of an unfortunate interface design than one of a particularly silly senior.

Photo © 2011 Dom Yates. Thanks!

The Beauty of Hotels For Mules

28/08/2011 at 11:30 am

Peter Gow - Hotel Formule 1 b

Peter Gow - Hotel Formule 1 a

Lovely! Auckland’s first leaning hotel, solely for first mules! Whatever that might be.

Please note how our (well, or at least Grant Smithies’) reader Peter Gow added his own statement by craftily composing the surrounding traffic signs.

Photos © 2011 Peter Gow


The Beauty of Trees… well… one… half… something.

16/06/2011 at 12:16 pm

Einsamer Minibaum - Till Seidenspinner

Cowabunga, dudes and dudettes!

We are back with a bag full of new shots! On top this silent masterpiece by the unstoppable Till Seidenspinner!

Supposedly somewhere in Auckland, perhaps in the Bayview area? … – Robotic stalker brigade! Go and bring me that exact location! … (Please? With sugar on top and stuff? Pretty please?)

Our reader Neo solved the location mystery: it is in Pt Chevalier in Auckland.

Updated, thanks to Neo: Google Maps Location

Photo © 2011 Till Seidenspinner. Original here.

The Beauty of Ponsonby Road

12/05/2011 at 3:36 pm

Ponsonby Road - Sids1

Ah, Auckland’s elegant Ponsonby Road, located in the prestigious… who am I fooling! The density of overpriced restaurants with incompetent staff is pretty top notch, admittedly.

Photo Creative Commons (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic) 2010 Sids1. Original here.

The Beauty of Birkenhead Ferry Terminal

21/02/2011 at 9:38 am

Welcome to Birkenhead Ferry Terminal! - Jack Bowley (Javelin395)

OK, ladies and gentlemen, time to get busy again. Greetings from Birkenhead Ferry Terminal, the place where Bogie and Bergman didn’t kiss goodbye, presumably, but, according to new information provided by reader Mark Fitz, an overwhelming array of sexual activity of all sorts has been conducted. Who would have thought!

Google Maps Location.

Photo © 2011 Javelin395. Original here.

The Beauty of Dead Squids

14/01/2011 at 4:02 pm

Giant Squid Display - zayzayem

Yikes! Seen at Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World, reviewed by “Google user” as “The most depressing place on Earth“. Intriguing!

Google Maps Location.

Photo Creative Commons (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic) 2010 Michael Zimmer. Original here.