Abandoned North Korean Prison in… New Zealand?!?

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Daily Photo – Abandoned North Korean Prison in… New Zealand?!?

I’ve always wanted to get up to this place, but it has been virtually impossible since they closed all the roads years ago.

And yes, it’s right here in Queenstown, New Zealand, atop Deer Park Heights, a huge mountain that can be seen from pretty much everywhere in the valley. It might not look like a mountain next to the Remarkables, but it is huge. Everything in New Zealand is so epic that you lose track of the scale of things. For example, did you know that they make Cinderella’s castle in Disneyworld look bigger by using a forced perspective trick by making the upper spires much smaller than they would normally be? This is what happens with the relatively “small” mountains around here. So you’ll see Deer Park Heights and think, “Oh, I could climb that thing myself!” Well, maybe you could, but you won’t make it down by nightfall.

So, WHY, I hear you wondering, is there an abandoned North Korean prison in Queenstown? It was actually built as a movie set for a movie in the 80’s by Disney. It was called “The Rescue” — and it was horrible. The plot involved a bunch of young boys who had to rescue their dads who had gotten themselves imprisoned in North Korea. I think it skipped the theaters and went straight to airplanes, along with Miss Congeniality 4.

How was I able to get up here and take about 20 new friends? I cannot say! :)

Abandoned North Korean Prison in... Queenstown New Zealand Deer Park Heights

Abandoned North Korean Prison in… New Zealand?!?

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  • John Foster

    I had herd about it but have never seen it for myself. No missile launce sites up there I hope lol.
    I would have thought they would have de-constructed it afterwards.

  • Richard Brown

    Aargh, every time I got to Queenstown I get annoyed that I can’t go up there any more! Jealous.

  • Casper van Zyl

    At 70 I would give it a shot even if it means camping out,love this shot.Hope you took many and at different angles as things like these are sometimes a one off. Could you not go through the fence ?? You should do it again to catch snow on the mountains and some cloud. Wish I was there as deserted buildings are always interesting and make fine props for many a great picture.

  • susan ratcliff

    Intriguing! I know you all had fun! :)

  • http://twitter.com/SomeGuyInKorea Some Guy in Korea

    When was it closed? I went up there no problem one day with my mate back in 2007. We walked all the way up and down. And of course you can make it down by nightfall, it took hardly anytime to get up and down again, not even half a day I believe.

  • Andy TeBay

    When was it closed? I went up there no problem one day with my mate back in 2007. We walked all the way up and down. And of course you can make it down by nightfall, it took hardly anytime to get up and down again, not even half a day I believe. Here is a photo I took up there.

  • Witold Skrzypiński

    It’s a pretty cool post. Something fresh and original.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Doriesmom Gail Stayton Moshier

    Pretty scary looking place, Trey. But excellent photo. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks!

  • Trey Ratcliff

    been closed for at least a year :(

  • http://ultimatemarketingstrategies.net Peter Sundstrom

    I was great when they used to have the rocket launchers up there.

  • linuxlab

    wow

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacobwcrosby Jacob W Crosby

    I think you made it up there via helicopter, and favors from the government… :-) lol

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