NZ’s MELANCHOLIC RUIN

Auckland’s Herald newspaper recently published a short article in the travel section drawing attention to Dunedin’s amazing ruin of Cargill’s Castle. To my mind, it was a once-over-lightly piece that missed an opportunity to really point out the special appeal of this impressive ruin.

I used to live in Dunedin and visited the castle on a number of occasions. I even filmed a TV melodrama there. At that time, part of the building was still inhabited. The guy who lived there occupied the basement area despite the green mould on the concrete walls. At the time of filming, the ballroom still had a floor and it was possible to walk on the roof. read more