Disused Police Station
This is another of those locations that are so obvious you just always assume you'll get in one day so hardly ever try. Most of the time this ones fairly secure but every now and then someone makes a way in for you. This is the opportunistic style of Urbex, and is the only one I follow: Let the urbex gods do their work and when you are meant to get in, you will be shown the way.
Check out the Video exploration of the abandoned police station!
The main reason I imagine it stays secure is simple - you can literally look out the windows at the new Police Station, less than a block away. There are really only a few parts of the building that would be unusable, where the floors and ceilings are collapsing. Unfortunately I dont see this place ever being re-used for anything, and will probably eventually face the wrecking ball. (Its a Waitangi treaty settlement claim landbank - which means theyll fight over it for years, unable to actually do anything with the building and it will go completely to waste, its the usual way this sort of thing is handled)
The Station was originally built ~1935 and operated until 2005 when the new Station down the road was opened. It was one of the most advanced stations in the day, utilising the latest construction methods and Maori motifs were incorporated into the art deco design. These various features make the building significant, historically speaking. Its also huge, right in the centre of the cbd, and completely abandoned.
If you follow down the corridor above, we head down to the cells. They must have been able to hold between 30-50 people judging by the number and size of the cells. There are still scratchings in the cell walls and doors dated back to the 80's if not even earlier. I guess nobody was concerned with painting over it all, I suppose most of the criminals felt rather at home surrounded by mongrel mob tags and various other graffiti etc. Its the little things that make a home, after all.
Upstairs was originally accomodation for constables, with the most recent use looking like victim support/various other admin roles. There was a children's drawing/thank you letter for a bicycle safety day left pinned to a board in one such room, left for time alone.
There was also a billiard room, and the remnants of the Police bar with a big commercial ashtray in one corner.
The evidence room has clearly been someones home, it didn't look too cozy but hey, at least its indoors and dry.
Watch the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iA-THVmP2c