Posts tagged “Kau Point

Balls Of Light At Kau Point

Revisted Kau Point again yesterday afternoon and since we had been there last it looks like someone had a bit of a party there, complete with generator, smoke machine and they even put in a toilet and shower. It didn’t feel half as spooky as it did the first time we were there.

I hadn’t tried balls of light for a while so decided this was the place to have anther go… Still need to work on my technique a bit to get the balls perfectly spherical but was happy with a least one of them 🙂

Nikon D90, Sigma 12-24mm Lens, ISO 400.


Kau Point Part 2

This is part of the observation post above the disappearing gun…

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

Kau Point aka Underground Ruin

Constructed in 1891 to support Wellington’s main coastal defense site at Fort Ballance, the Kau Point Battery is a rare remaining example of an unmodified battery constructed to protect New Zealand from attack after the second Russian scare of 1885.

During the first World War, Fort Dorset became Wellington’s main bastion of defense against attack. Despite this, Fort Ballance and its supporting batteries remained operational throughout the War. In 1922 the gun at Kau Point was decommissioned and removed. The site was then used solely as an ammunition store, and from 1942 served the new emplacement at Mount Crawford Anti Aircraft Battery on the next promontory of the peninsula. The fort fell into disuse after the Second World War and, now surplus to army requirements, is not maintained. (

I have been looking for this one for a while as its the last fortification in the Wellington region that I haven’t been to… Lets just say that it didn’t let me down.

The entrance (not the best photo but have still got to develop the other films) is a small hole just behind the pit where the disappearing gun sat is the only entrance but after you have slid down it opens out to full height tunnels and rooms.

The still glowing glow-stick meant that someone had been there in the not to distant past and it certainly had an eerie feeling especially the side room that had obviously had a fire and then been written all over…

All shots were taken with a tripod and a 10W torch 🙂

Nikon D70s,Tokina 19-35mm Lens, ISO 200, 10W Torch