Whangarei Private Residence

10877856_10205784690759480_1695199415_nThe Haunted Auckland team travelled to a small settlement just out of Whangarei to investigate a family’s reports of activity within their home.

The area is very old with the road outside the house once having been the main road between Whangarei and Auckland.  The settlement once boasted a courthouse and shops and in the 1800’s was a market garden area.  It was once a bustling settlement but is now an extremely quiet small group of homes situated a few kilometres from State Highway 1.  A railway line runs along the back boundary of the section.

The Haunted Auckland Team: Barbara Caisley, Karl Downey, Kimberley Lendrum & Ian Quigley

The House:

The house was designed and built by the family while living in the house next door about 15 years ago.  It was modern and not open planned.  The family had made alterations over the years to allow the girls separate rooms at each end of the lower floor. (When the home was originally built the girls shared one large bedroom.) It was during these renovations the activity was first noted.

Kim: My first impression on entering the house was that it was a large wooden two storied country house.  It appeared to have been built fifteen years ago.  The house was cold but inviting.  I also got the impression that the two bedrooms upstairs felt a bit disjointed, as you had to go through the master bedroom to get to the spare room.  Downstairs there was a large kitchen/dining room, lounge, three bedrooms, a garage that appeared to be used as a storage room, bathroom and toilet. Upstairs there  was an open mezzanine area with a pool table, the master bedroom a bathroom,  walk in wardrobe and another spare room just off the master bedroom.

Ian: The girls bedrooms display both girls characters and the style of each room matches their interest. The house felt very heavy all round, mirrors is moved to avoid seeing apparitions and there seems to be an interest in the paranormal amongst the female members of the family, which is reflected by decoration around the rooms.

The Activity:

There were many activities reported.  These included:

  • The lady of the house being burnt and bitten by entities within the house
  • Apparitions of a lady and a small boy have been seen by several people in the home (sometimes at the same time)
  • A dark shadow man who has been seen flitting around the house
  • Doors opening and closing themselves
  • Strange sounds being heard (including the sound of doors banging, items being moved, bangs and thuds) where there is no natural explanation to be found.
  • A small black creature was seen in one of the girls bedrooms.  It had red eyes, a tail and sharp teeth.
  • The girls in the house report a feeling of being followed and watched, even when they leave the house.
  • One of the girls in the house has awoken to find unexplained scratches upon her body.

The Investigation:

The Haunted Auckland team travelled to the settlement and met  with the lady of the house and one of her teenaged daughters.  They explained what had been happening and walked the team through their home explaining where activity had occurred.  The team conducted a Class 2 investigation and took hundreds of photos, hours of video (including infra-red) and audio recordings.  They held communication sessions in key areas of the home.  These sessions were also videoed and recorded.  A spirit box was also used during part of the communication sessions. EMF levels and temperatures were monitored throughout the investigation.

The readings:

EMF Meter:

There were no fluctuations around the home and the EMF readings were between 0-1 Milligaus throughout the investigation.

Temperatures (Base Readings):

Daughter 1 room:

Surface: 17.3 degrees and 16.7 degrees other end (long room)

Ambient: 20 degrees


Surface: 15.6 degrees

Ambient: 18 degrees


Surface: 15 degrees

Ambient: 19 degrees


Surface: 15.7 degrees

Ambient: 18 degrees


Surface: 15.3 degrees

Ambient: 18 degrees

Front Entrance:

Surface: 16 degrees

Ambient: 18 degrees

Spare room:

Surface: 16.2 degrees and 16.3 degrees at the other end

Ambient: 18 degrees

Daughter 2 room:

Surface: 15.8 degrees and 16.2 degrees at other end


Surface: 13.3 degrees and 14.4 degrees at other end.

Ambient: 17 degrees

Room under the stairs:

Surface: 15.7 degrees

Ambient: 17 degrees

Top of the stairs:

Surface: 16 degrees

Ambient: 18 degrees

Walk in wardrobe:

Surface: 16.7 degrees

Ambient: 18 degrees

Upstairs bathroom:

Surface: 16.7 degrees

Ambient: 18 degrees

Master bedroom:

Surface: 14.5 degrees and 16 degrees at other end

Ambient: 19 degrees

Spare room off master bedroom:

Surface: 15 degrees and 15.2 degrees

Ambient: 19 degrees

Temperature outside –

13 degrees Celsius

These temperatures remained relatively constant throughout the investigation with no major fluctuations recorded despite one of the teenaged girls reporting that she felt extremely cold during one of the communication sessions.

Reported Paranormal Activity during the investigation:

Ian: On the night one daughter and the father choose not to be there but one daughter was. She said her dream catcher was spinning, when we immediately went in to look it had stopped, it was not caused by her walking in as we all just been in the room and it had been still. I asked her to go back in with a camera, she did and came out saying she caught it on camera but it is not moving on the footage so the movement that she is seeing could be slightly moving but we expected it to be spinning at speed so I guess it might have been moving just with the drafts in the room. 

Karl:  We were in one of the daughters rooms (the one who claims to of seen the gremlin) standing in the middle of the room, I felt like I had been touched at the back of my head.

Barbara:  While in one of the girls rooms I sat on the bed and immediately felt movement on or in the bed.  The whole team were in the room but none were touching the bed at the time.

Photographic Evidence:

No photos of note were taken that night.  The family had photos they had taken and two of particular note had been printed off for the Haunted Auckland team to view but the original photos were not available.  We were told of other photos, which showed anomalies, but once again they were not available on the night.  The family were going to send the originals of all the photos of interest but unfortunately most were not forwarded.  Of the photos that were sent to us non were of significant interest to the group.

Karl: We were shown two photo’s which were seemingly taken seconds apart with and the second photo showed an apparent apparition on a couch. Looking at it now, it appears that the ‘apparition’could of been someone physically standing there as there is a dent in the couch which shows pressure or weight was being applied.

Unfortunately as the original photos seem to have been lost Haunted Auckland have been unable to study the photos in depth to verify their authenticity.

Communication Sessions:

Although we did attempt communication sessions and recorded them on audio and video the Haunted Auckland team were unable to obtain any clear evps.  There were several possible communications on the spirit box but these were not conclusive enough for inclusion in our report.


Kim: Scientifically I didn’t have enough evidence to call it haunted.  Even though I got one EVP.  However I did personally feel that there were spirits there and for whatever reason they were not willing to communicate with us.    I feel this may be a residual haunting as it sounds like the spirits were doing things that they may have been doing when they were alive.  But as it may be able to interact with people it may be intelligent as well. 

Ian:  It was a pity that we did not experience much. If there is activity its possible it would not show itself to us.  I think if another visit is planned, we need to have all the family attend and we need more time with the parents

Karl:  Initially I thought it could be haunted. Part of the trouble of writting this particular report is that at the time, yes I would of considered it. Sitting back and having some time to think on it. No I don’t think it is.

Barbara:  The night Haunted Auckland visited we did not see or hear any activity that we could not explain.  Upon reviewing my photos, video and audio recordings there is nothing to indicate any haunting or paranormal activity.  This does not mean that the home is not haunted but due to the lack of activity during our investigation I am unable to confirm it.

NB:  Following a clearing after the investigation the family now report that the activity has now settled down and they are no longer living in fear. 

One Comment

  1. Sounds like a personal haunting of the girls, ie an incubus spirit picked up somewhere else and has followed them back home. Hence the hiding from the investigation team and the shape shifting to different types of apparitions. Kat- Sydney(former member of Unexplained Paranormal Incident Team)

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