The Beauty of Queenstown

26/03/2010 at 10:41 am

Queenstown Roofs - Ralf

What, March already?!? Time flies when you’re having fun! Like the big, fat, exquisite, tin roofy fun you can only find in Queenstown, the fun epicentre of the fun South Island. Fun.

Newsflash: Clothing Collection Robbery

12/01/2010 at 6:12 pm

Robbed Clothing Donation - Ralf

Admittedly, South Dunedin isn’t the wealthiest region of New Zealand. But these donation bin drive-by robberies… guys, this is just ridiculous!

The (Ex-)Beauty of Forbury Park

06/01/2010 at 6:05 pm

Forbury Park - Ralf

Here today, gone tomorrow… actually, gone a couple days ago. Forbury Park building, Dunedin.

The Beauty of Broken Dreams

28/12/2009 at 4:37 pm

Broken Dreams - Bekdawg

A new contributor to ‘Ugly New Zealand’: welcome to Bekdawg and her exquisite photos of New Zealand’s flip side! Can there be a better photo to kiss 2009 goodbye?

Photo © 2009 Bekdawg.

The Beauty of Classical Architecture

17/12/2009 at 6:12 am

Set The Roof On Fire - Scott Savage

Ahh, good ol’ South Dunedin! Today with one of these spots that will kill a couple of pedestrians by collapsing some day soon. And one of the spots that have mayor Peter Chin written all over them. Shrieking, with The Joker-like voice, “Fuck it! Fuck it ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-hard!!”

Photo © 2009 Scott Savage.

The Beauty of a Rainy Picton

07/12/2009 at 5:21 am

Rainy Picton - Electropod

Picton’s new city corporate design goes strong on the blues: with a cleverly composed symphony of flags, bollards, bins and – what a great idea! – constant rain the city council ensures that the blues creeps into every pore… well, you get the idea.

Photo © 2009 electropod.

Ravensbourne, Dunedin

19/06/2009 at 8:33 pm

Ravensbourne Gabions - Alex Gilks

Holding up these and many other walls are gabion baskets. They look like a bad art school project about industry vs nature, or some such. Here they are decorated with massive bolts. This is a pretty main route for tourism and freight, and the main route to many satellite communities. All the architects and urban designers were on holiday when they were planning this retaining wall, so the engineers just cracked on with it anyway.

Photo © 2009 Alex Gilks.

The Beauty of Dunedin

01/04/2009 at 9:43 am

Dunedin Stadium - Ralf

Dunedin South - Ralf

Dunedin City - Ralf

Today, without further ado, three breathtakingly beautiful shots of Dunedin, also known as the last pit stop before… Invercargill. Touching once again the question if someone’s beauty may be somebody else’s uglyness.

The Beauty of Lemon Oil

14/03/2009 at 9:34 pm

Lemon Oil - Karschti

This fine example of Kiwi entrepreneurship at work (see also: ‘this entrance is closed, use the other… – if you can find it.’) would easily qualify with the admired colleagues at

But what is a platform with hundreds of thousand clicks and their own book if you can choose a friendly independent blog with less then 10 clicks – half of them created by the owner. Thought Karschti and provided us with this gem. Thanks a lot!

Photo © 2009 Karsten Grillitsch.

The Beauty of Lube

14/03/2009 at 8:32 pm

Lube While You Wait - Ralf

One of these random shots out of the driving car, just because the ride is so boring (and slow. And boring. And slow…). But see, the violated typography, art, law, lube and showers offer their own narrational possibilities.