Paranormal Investigation Methods

Shadow on the wall

We usually begin with either an email or phone request from the client wanting information or a visit, or a reply to a request from us to investigate a premises.

Sometimes we are able to offer solutions via email or phone without having to go to a location, as the activity can sometimes be explained away as being a common natural occurrence. Much seemingly paranormal activity can be attributed to house movement, climate and atmospheric change or even possible health problems.

We try to gather as much background information of the property and alleged activity before entering a premises.

When details have been gathered, we set a date and time to pay a visit.

As we all work during the day, we try to keep investigations to Friday nights and weekends, though from time to time we do get urgent requests from desperate and frightened families wanting answers and relief from something rather disturbing to them. When there are children involved we are usually in action immediately due to the sensitivity of the situation.

Sometimes, Mark Wallbank (Team Leader) will visit the property before hand to sight the location to assist with planning strategies and get an idea of what we are in for.

Haunted Auckland uses three classes of paranormal investigation methods designed to suit the client’s personal life schedules or preferences.


A class one investigation is usually quite brief, about TWO hours only.

We come in, ask some basic questions, walk around taking photos and video footage, do a basic electro-magnetic field and temperature check on the rooms and leave. This is for clients that do not wish to have any disruptions to their daily routine and just can’t allow much time. While these are brief, they don’t tend to be very helpful in ascertaining whether a premises might be haunted. To try and find answers to alleged activity, time is needed to search and gather data. Our preferred options are classes two and three.


A class two investigation will usually take a minimum of THREE hours (We prefer more though, if you can allow it. However it’s entirely up to you)

After we have sat and talked for a bit with the client and have been given a tour of the home, we then set up a number of static video cameras on tripods in the target rooms. Audio recording devices are also set up in these rooms. Hand held audio recorders and photo cameras are used to document as we walk from room to room.

We spend time checking the interior and exterior of the premises looking for possible reasons for the alleged activity. Atmospheric, electrical field and temperature data is gathered at regular intervals during the session. This style of investigation is preferred by us as we can research a little deeper and, of course, more time spent recording means the chance of capturing something or finding answers, is greater.


Involves the group being allowed to do an all night ‘vigil’. Usually from late evening through to the morning. We lock ourselves securely inside the building and begin our investigation.

As we have a full night allowed to us we can bring along more equipment to cover more ground and collect more data. We can use a DV-R muilti camera system plus more static cameras on tripods, meaning a greater chance of capturing conclusive evidence to hopefully answer your questions. More time allowed in a quiet premises leaves us a good amount of time to try communications with whatever might ‘reside’ at the troubled location. We usually start these all night sessions at around 8pm and finish at approx 8am the next morning.

As private home situations are more sensitive and intimate, we keep team attendance down to only 3 – 4 members maximum.

Larger buildings or multi roomed complexes will mean more team members attending to cover more distance and gather more data in the time we have in the premises.

We have so far held investigations within private homes, community halls, historical buildings, businesses, churches, cemeteries and museums all around New Zealand as well as a few places in foreign countries.

We do not charge anything for our services, we do this purely to further our research.

All details of the investigation and any captured audio, video and photo evidence will be compiled into a full investigation report, given to the client to keep after we have finished our analysis.

We are always looking for new locations to visit and investigate, so if you live, work in, or know of a place that could potentially have paranormal activity then please feel free to make contact and we will see how we can help you.