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When Ghost Hunting Goes Bad – An article by Hayley Stevens

When Ghost Hunting Goes Bad – An article by Hayley Stevens

A good article by Hayley Stevens that highlights one of the major downfalls of the paranormal research field, that we see around us on an almost daily basis. Especially when it comes to private residential visits.Unfortunately, the field is rife with uneducated, naive and inexperienced enthusiasts; all wanting to play

The white woman of the Carlton.

The white woman of the Carlton.

In Palmerston North’s old Carlton Hotel, late at night on July 23, 1998, a cleaner named “Jazz” Hayes, working late, heard a woman screaming upstairs. He telephoned the police, but nothing was found. Later (as Hays told the late city archivist Ian Matheson) he saw a ‘’white-clad woman and child

The Shamir and the Stone Worm

The Shamir and the Stone Worm

There are a number of mysterious and controversial biblical creatures with potential relevance to cryptozoology, of which the most famous examples are undoubtedly Leviathan and Behemoth (click here and here to see my ShukerNature investigations of them). Much less famous but no less remarkable than those two, however, is the

Cabin with a view

Cabin with a view

Whilst driving along the Kaipara Coast Highway, I Spotted this little cabin overlooking a pretty stunning farmland panorama, just as the sun was starting to set.

The Taniwha

The Taniwha

In Māori mythology, taniwha (Māori pronunciation: [Tanifa] are beings that live in deep pools in rivers, dark caves, or in the sea, especially in places with dangerous currents or deceptive breakers (giant waves). They may be considered highly respected kaitiaki (protective guardians) of people and places, or in some traditions as

Fremantle Prison – Fremantle, Western Australia

Fremantle Prison – Fremantle, Western Australia

Fremantle Prison, sometimes referred to as Fremantle Gaol or Fremantle Jail, is a former Australian prison in Fremantle, Western Australia. The six-hectare (15-acre) site includes the prison cellblocks, gatehouse, perimeter walls, cottages, and tunnels. Initially known as the Convict Establishment or The Establishment, it was constructed as a prison for

Inverlochy House – Wellington

Inverlochy House – Wellington

Inverlochy House (also known as Inverlochie House and Inverlochy Flats) is a historic building and art school in Wellington, New Zealand and is named after a thirteenth century Scottish castle. In 1431 clansmen of Alexander McDonald defeated King James the First’s larger army in the first Battle of Inverlochy, which

A ‘provoking’ topic

A ‘provoking’ topic

While removing myself from random groups on Facebook, I noticed a post that brought out a very controversial issue within the paranormal field: Provoking. In said group, a paranormal investigator had asked how to get more activity during a slow investigation. One response included the technique of provoking. Provoking on

The Trout Hotel – Canvastown

The Trout Hotel – Canvastown

History Canvastown,  the home of the Trout Hotel, is 50 kilometres west of Blenheim, is a locality at the point where the Wakamarina River joins the Pelorus River, in Marlborough. Named after all the miner’s thick canvas tents that were set up all over the land, the town was founded

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USS Iowa – San Pedro, Los Angeles
USS Iowa – San Pedro, Los Angeles15/08/2018America / InvestigationsUSS Iowa began military service on Feb 22 1943. She was used initially as an escort ship for ships transporting President Roosevelt, and other ships travelling in the Atlantic Ocean, but was also involved in the Marshall Islands campaign, Okiniwa landings and in assault targets in Hokkaido and Honshu during WWII. The ship was also used in the Korean War and was decommissioned in 1958, but remained in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet until 1983, when she was moved to Louisiana to undergo a modernization. The USS Iowa was however, recommissioned one year ahead of schedule but a mandatory US Navy inspection was not conducted at the time and it soon became apparent that many necessary repairs to the engines and guns had not been completed satisfactorily. It was two years later, in 1986 when she finally had her inspection, which revealed many problems with the engine, gun turrets, electrical wiring and fire fighting system. As a result of the problems found, it was then recommended by the Rear Admiral that the USS Iowa be taken out of service immediately, however the Secretary of the Navy instructed that the ship remain but that the deficiencies be corrected. A month after her initial inspection the ship again failed an evaluation, but within a remarkably short time the Iowa was reevaluated and passed. The ship was deployed to the Persian Gulf and returned for maintenance in March 1988. At the same time a new captain was named for the ship. The new captain then cancelled a one million dollar repair package for the ship, which was to include repairs to the main gun turrets, lighting, electrical, powder hoists, and hydraulic systems. Instead the funds were to be spent on overhauling the Iowa’s power plant. After this overhaul, the ship then set sail to do refresher trainings. Over the next few months the sailors did little training with the ships main guns however, in part because of serious issues experienced with the main gun turrets. The gun turrets needed maintenance for operational readiness and the morale of the gun turret crews suffered. In January 1989 the Master Chief Fire Controlman and the Lieutenant Commander persuaded the Captain of the Iowa to allow them to experiment with ‘supercharged’ powder bags and specially designed shells. The Captain believed that top Navy officials had approved these experiments, which was not correct. The experiments had, in fact, been authorized by a mid level beauricrat who did not have the authority to do so nor was he aware of the background of the vessel. Officers in charge of the gun turrets believed the experiments were dangerous due to the age of the guns and turrets and the numerous maintenance problems that had previously been encountered. Unfortunately these concerns were not conveyed to the Captain at the time and the Chief Weapons Officer refused to halt the experiments. As a result, on 20 Jan 1989 Turret One fired six experimental shells using the supercharged powder bags. After this, the gun chiefs for Turrets One and Two refused to participate in further experiments due to safety concerns. A week later, during a training exercise, there was an incident due to one of the experimental powder bags smouldering before the breech-block was closed, which caused the gun to discharge on its own. Ensign Dan Meyer later described this incident. He reported “It was the most frightening experience I have ever had in my life. The shock wave blew out the turret officer’s switchboard and the leads. We had no power, no lights for a time. Men were screaming. There was panic.” On April 14 the USS Iowa sailed to the Caribbean Sea near Puerto Rico to participate in a field exercise. During preparations for the firing exercise it was found that the center guns compressed air system for Turret Two was not operating properly, however this information was not conveyed to the appropriate personnel at the time. It was decided during an exercise briefing the following morning that Turret Two would participate in an experimental firing in which Turret Two would fire 2700lb shells. The powder lots used for this experiment were the oldest on board the ship and were designed to fire 1900lb shells and even had printed on the canisters “WARNING: Do Not Use with 2,700-pound projectiles.”. The center gun crew were very inexperienced with the rammerman being of particular concern as he was an integral part of the firing process and had never operated the ram during a live fire shoot. Ramming the powder bags into the gun was considered the most dangerous part of the firing and required a high level of training and expertise. At 8.30 am on the 19th of April 1989 the exercise commenced with an immediate misfire from Turret One. Turret Two was then commanded to load and be ready to fire. Turret Two reported that they had a problem and then seconds later there was a massive explosion producing a fireball of between 1,400 and 1,600 °C, travelling at 610 meters a second and with a pressure of 28 MPa . The explosion caved in doors, buckled bulkheads, and the fireball spread through all three gun rooms and the lower levels of the turret. The fire and heat then ignited the 910kilos of powder bags that were stored in the area and a few minutes later a carbon monoxide build up caused a further explosion. The intense fire was extinguished within about 90 minutes and the bodies and remains of 47 dead crewmen were quickly removed without documenting their location or condition. These bodies were flown the following day to Puerto Rico and then on to home. A clean up crew was told to make Turret Two look as normal as possible, and over the next day the crew cleaned and painted the inside of the turret and threw damaged or loose equipment into the sea. There was no attempt to preserve any evidence and a team of Naval Investigators stationed nearby was told that there was no need for their services. Later a media report indicated that the US Navy felt that the explosion had been cause intentionally by a crewmember as revenge after a homosexual encounter but there is still a lot of controversy about this. All 47 crew inside the turrets perished, however the turrets contained the force of the explosion so that men working nearby escaped without serious injury and the rest of the ship was relatively unscathed. A small memorial to the dead sailors was erected at Iowa Point on Norfolk Naval Station and each year on April 19 a memorial service is held. The turret underwent superficial repairs but was never put back into operation. The USS Iowa was decommissioned in 1990 and berthed at the Naval Education and Training Center in Newport. The ship was then towed to San Pedro in California in 2012 to become a floating museum. Many believe the ship is haunted by those unfortunate sailors who lost there lives that fateful day in 1989 and there have been numerous reports of sightings, unexplained sounds and feelings of being watched by visitors to the ship. The spirits sighted are said to be smiling and look happy and one visitor to insists that he was saved by a helping hand as fell fell from the top deck!. As you can imagine a visit to this fascinating ship was high on my must-do list during this visit to the States. Hubby was super keen and I was intending to tag along and do a bit of ghost hunting while he looked at “man things on the ship”. However upon researching the history and story of the USS Iowa, I became hooked and was really keen to see this ex United States Navy Battleship which had endured such a long string of bungles, mistakes and incompetencies that eventually caused the deaths of 47 unfortunate sailors. We spent a few hours aboard exploring this ex battleship documenting the location and speaking with servicemen about how conditions aboard would have been for the sailors at the time. You can imagine my surprise then, when, as I held onto the side rail while walking down the gangplank to leave, I felt a hand touch mine. It felt as though someone behind me had put their hand on mine for a second or two! I really thought someone must have been behind me and was surprised to see no one there when I turned around to see who it was. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this floating museum and would recommend a visit to anyone visiting San Pedro in Los Angeles. [...] Read more...
Monte Cristo homestead
Monte Cristo homestead30/03/2014Haunted LocationsMonte Cristo homestead was the country’s most haunted home. And it doesn’t seem to have fazed them – they still live there. Reginald’s nephew and his wife once visited Monte Cristo and were looking for the loo late one night. A young woman dressed in white appeared before them, whispered “Don’t worry, it will be all right” and vanished. Olive once found dead and mutilated cats in the kitchen. Visiting children inexplicably throw tantrums around the staircase, where a child once died. There are phantom footsteps, strange apparitions and haunting noises. It’s little wonder the home’s ghost tours are booked out months in advance.   Monte Christo Homestead is a historic Australian property located in the town of Junee, New South Wales. Constructed by local pioneer Christopher William Crawley in 1885, it is a double-story late-Victorian manor standing on a hill overlooking the town. The Crawley family remained in residence until 1948. The house then stood empty under the care of several caretakers until 1963 when it was purchased by Reg and Olive Ryan, who restored it to its current condition. It operates as a museum, antique store and tourist attraction. Monte Cristo is claimed to be Australia’s most haunted house, with reports of ghostly figures, strange lights, invisible forcefields, phantom sounds and animal mutilations. These are attributed to several tragic incidents in the property’s past including the murder of a caretaker in 1961 and the imprisonment of a mentally impaired man for many years in the dairy. During the Crawleys’ occupation a young child is said to have been fatally dropped down the stairs, a maid to have fallen from the balcony, and a stable boy to have been burnt to death. Monte Cristo’s reputation is well known within Australia, thanks partially to several television shows including segments on the property. These include the current-affairs show Big Country in 1977, the travel show Getaway in 1992, the paranormal based game/reality show Scream Test in 2000, and Ghost Hunters International 14 January 2010. [...] Read more...
Brown Lady of Raynham Hall
Brown Lady of Raynham Hall18/01/2014HauntingsThe Brown Lady of Raynham Hall is a ghost, which reportedly haunts Raynham Hall in Norfolk. It became one of the most famous hauntings in Great Britain when photographers from Country Life magazine claimed to have captured its image. The “Brown Lady” is so named because of the brown brocade dress it is claimed she wears. Identity of the ghost According to legend, the “Brown Lady of Raynham Hall” is the ghost of Lady Dorothy Walpole (1686–1726), the sister of Robert Walpole, generally regarded as the first Prime Minister of Great Britain. She was the second wife of Charles Townshend, who was notorious for his violent temper. The story says that when Townshend discovered that his wife had committed adultery with Lord Wharton he punished her by locking her in her rooms in the family home, Raynham Hall. According to Mary Wortley Montagu, Dorothy was in fact entrapped by the Countess of Wharton. She invited Dorothy over to stay for a few days knowing that her husband would never allow her to leave it, not even to see her children. She remained at Raynham Hall until her death in 1726 from smallpox. Sightings The first recorded claim of a sighting of the ghost was by Lucia C. Stone concerning a gathering at Raynham Hall at Christmas 1835. Stone says that Lord Charles Townsend had invited various guests to the Hall, including a Colonel Loftus, to join in the Christmas festivities. Loftus and another guest named Hawkins said they had seen the “Brown Lady” one night as they approached their bedrooms, noting in particular the dated brown dress she wore. The following evening Loftus claimed to have seen the “Brown Lady” again, later reporting that on this occasion he was drawn to the spectre’s empty eye-sockets, dark in the glowing face. Loftus’ sightings led to some staff permanently leaving Raynham Hall. The next reported sighting of the “Brown Lady” was made in 1836 by Captain Frederick Marryat, a friend of novelist Charles Dickens, and the author of a series of popular sea novels. It is said that Marryat requested that he spend the night in the haunted room at Raynham Hall to prove his theory that the haunting was caused by local smugglers anxious to keep people away from the area. Writing in 1917, Florence Marryat said of her father’s experience: …he took possession of the room in which the portrait of the apparition hung, and in which she had been often seen, and slept each night with a loaded revolver under his pillow. For two days, however, he saw nothing, and the third was to be the limit of his stay. On the third night, however, two young men (nephews of the baronet), knocked at his door as he was undressing to go to bed, and asked him to step over to their room (which was at the other end of the corridor), and give them his opinion on a new gun just arrived from London. My father was in his shirt and trousers, but as the hour was late, and everybody had retired to rest except themselves, he prepared to accompany them as he was. As they were leaving the room, he caught up his revolver, “in case you meet the Brown Lady,” he said, laughing. When the inspection of the gun was over, the young men in the same spirit declared they would accompany my father back again, “in case you meet the Brown Lady,” they repeated, laughing also. The three gentlemen therefore returned in company. The corridor was long and dark, for the lights had been extinguished, but as they reached the middle of it, they saw the glimmer of a lamp coming towards them from the other end. “One of the ladies going to visit the nurseries,” whispered the young Townshends to my father. Now the bedroom doors in that corridor faced each other, and each room had a double door with a space between, as is the case in many old-fashioned houses. My father, as I have said, was in shirt and trousers only, and his native modesty made him feel uncomfortable, so he slipped within one of the outer doors (his friends following his example), in order to conceal himself until the lady should have passed by. I have heard him describe how he watched her approaching nearer and nearer, through the chink of the door, until, as she was close enough for him to distinguish the colors and style of her costume, he recognised the figure as the facsimile of the portrait of “The Brown Lady”. He had his finger on the trigger of his revolver, and was about to demand it to stop and give the reason for its presence there, when the figure halted of its own accord before the door behind which he stood, and holding the lighted lamp she carried to her features, grinned in a malicious and diabolical manner at him. This act so infuriated my father, who was anything but lamb-like in disposition, that he sprang into the corridor with a bound, and discharged the revolver right in her face. The figure instantly disappeared – the figure at which for several minutes three men had been looking together – and the bullet passed through the outer door of the room on the opposite side of the corridor, and lodged in the panel of the inner one. My father never attempted again to interfere with “The Brown Lady of Raynham”. Lady Townsend reported that the “Brown Lady” was next seen in 1926, when her son and his friend claimed to have seen the ghost on the staircase, identifying the ghostly figure with the portrait of Lady Dorothy Walpole which then hung in the haunted room. Country Life magazine On September 19, 1936 Captain Hubert C. Provand, a London-based photographer working for Country Life magazine, and his assistant Indre Shira were taking photographs of Raynham Hall for an article to appear later in the year. The two men’s account claims that they had already taken a photograph of the Hall’s main staircase, and were setting up to take a second when Shira saw “a vapoury form gradually assuming the appearance of a woman” and moving down the stairs towards them. Under Shira’s direction Provand quickly took the cap off the lens while Shira pressed the trigger to activate the camera’s flash light. Later, when the negative was developed, the famous image of the “Brown Lady” was revealed. The account of Provand and Shira’s ghostly experience at Raynham Hall was published in Country Life magazine on December 26, 1936 along with the photograph of the “Brown Lady”. The photograph and the account of its taking also appeared in the January 4, 1937 edition of Life magazine. Soon after the noted paranormal investigator Harry Price interviewed Provand and Shira and reported: “I will say at once I was impressed. I was told a perfectly simple story: Mr. Indre Shira saw the apparition descending the stairs at the precise moment when Captain Provand’s head was under the black cloth. A shout – and the cap was off and the flashbulb fired, with the results which we now see. I could not shake their story, and I had no right to disbelieve them. Only collusion between the two men would account for the ghost if it is a fake. The negative is entirely innocent of any faking.” Experts called in by Country Life stated that the photograph and its negative did not appear to have been interfered with. Since then, however, some critics have claimed that Shira faked the image by putting grease or a similar substance on the lens in the shape of a figure, or by himself deliberately moving down the stairs during an exposure. Others claim that the image is an accidental double exposure or that light somehow got into the camera. The Brown Lady has not been reported as being seen since this alleged sighting in 1936. [...] Read more...
Alien Big Cats in New Zealand
Alien Big Cats in New Zealand10/04/2011Kiwi CryptidsFound this interesting article over on . Alien Big Cat (ABCs) are alive and well in New Zealand and the sightings of them are becoming many and frequent. Now, before you really think I’m crazy (more than usual anyway), let me educate you as to what Alien Big Cats are. Alien Big Cats (ABCs, Phantom Cats, Mystery Cats) don’t have anything to do with UFOs (usually anyway). The word ‘alien’ in this context simply means ‘out of place’. ABCs are not creatures unknown to science but are well-known cats which are sighted in unexpected places. Their location creates the mystery, rather than their existence. My ‘need-to-know-bordering-on-obsession’ tendency was aroused yesterday when I read an article about an ABC sighting in our local newspaper… 18-year-old student Carl Swanson is adamant he saw a large lion recently near a quarry in Kaiwaka (Northland, NZ). He is keen to revisit the site but will not do so unless he has a gun. The reporter who wrote the story happens to be my neighbour (no kidding). I spoke with him last night, and he believes Swanson’s story is absolutely genuine. The documented eye-witness reports of ABCs in New Zealand are too numerous to be ignored. All evidence points to the fact that there really are mysterious big-cat specimens roaming the bush and countryside. “How did they get here?”, any sane person will ask. The most probable answer is the accidental release/escape into the wild from zoos, wild-life parks etc. Interestingly enough, Zion Wildlife Gardens is situated just 60km north of where the lion was seen. So, if you ever happen to see a mysterious cat-like creature roaming the New Zealand countryside, think twice before you choose not to believe your eyes, keep a camera ready, and maybe, as Carl Swanson suggests, a gun. Some documented ABC sightings in New Zealand (For extensive information on ABC’s in NZ please visit: Mysterious New Zealand 2008: Lion, Kaiwaka Quarry, South of Whangarei, Northland * 04/08/06: Big Black Cat, Haketere (north side of the Ashburton River Mouth) * 03/05/05: Big Black Cat, Mid Canterbury * 11/10/03: Black Panther, PPCS meatworks in Fairton, 8 km north of Ashburton * 03/10/03: Black Panther Mayfield, 35 kilometres west of Ashburton * 2002: Big Black Puma-like Cat sighted at night in Omaui, south of Invercargill * 2001: Black Panther, Farm at Winterslow, Alford Forest * 1999: Black Panther, Banks Peninsula * 13/12/99: Mountain Lion, Moeraki (or Lake Moeraki) * 16/07/99: Black Panther, Lindis Pass * 08/98: Mountain Lion, Dunstan Ranges, near Cromwell * 1996: Black Panther, Twizel * 1996: Big Black Puma-like Cat sighted at night in Omaui, south of Invercargill [...] Read more...

“Pioneers in the field…. Leading the way with Paranormal Research in New Zealand” – Connor Biddle, Paranormal Encounters.

“I have much respect for the level of study Mark and his team have put into the paranormal phenomenon through the years. His work is interesting and very well researched.” – Murray Bott, U.F.O Researcher & NZ’s MUFON representative.

”Refreshing to see solid and innovative investigation work, done with passion and honesty. Haunted Auckland stand out in the crowd and dont fit any typical mould. This is a very good thing”. – Paranormal Review newsletter


Paranormal New Zealand is the home of Haunted Auckland, a Paranormal Investigation and Research group.

Whether you’ve been aware of Mark Wallbank’s research work since the 1980s, attended his discussion events, received the quarterly newsletters, subscribed to his popular mid-2000s online blog BizarreNZ, followed the Haunted Auckland team since 2010, or just recently discovered us; WELCOME and thanks for joining in the fun, learning, and adventures.

We are a dedicated group of paranormal enthusiasts, all having one thing in common – a passion and drive to find out as much as humanly possible about the mysterious and unknown field that is the Paranormal, as well as documenting New Zealand’s historical buildings and landmarks in their current state.

Paranormal (păr′ə-nôr′məl) adjective.
Paranormal events are purported phenomena described in popular culture, folk, and other non-scientific bodies of knowledge, whose existence within these contexts is described as beyond normal experience or scientific explanation. The term “paranormal” has existed in the English language since at least 1920. The word consists of two parts: “para” and “normal”. The definition implies that the scientific explanation of the world around us is “normal” and anything that is above, beyond, or contrary to that is “para”.

We’re always learning new things, so hope to pass that knowledge on to you all so that you might learn as we do, in this crazy but fascinating world of the paranormal.

Firstly a few things you should know about Haunted Auckland. We’re a small Auckland based team of friendly, dedicated, well seasoned and enthusiastic researchers with differing levels of experience, knowledge, skills and expertise and totaling around 100 years of experience.  Our investigators are intelligent, honest, compassionate and possess critically thinking (yet wide open) minds. We’re also very good listeners.

We work closely with Property Managers, local Councils and Historical organisations to help preserve local histories, bring further awareness and raise funds by running public events.

Haunted Auckland has it’s roots deep and strong. Going back to 1984, with a team (Auckland Ghost Hunting Group) formed by H.A founder, Mark Wallbank; making them NZ’s longest running Paranormal field-research entity.

What we aren’t: We aren’t Ghost Busters, Ghost Hunters, Exorcists, Mediums, Clairvoyants or Psychics and we don’t do clearings, blessings or the ridding homes of alleged demons. We don’t do prayers, rituals, or bring in any religious elements to our work. We aren’t mental health experts or sleep disorder professionals, though we do work closely with mental health professionals.

We travel that spooky road, between sceptic and believer. We are happy to sit right in amongst it all and take the research wherever it may lead us.

While we are sceptical and doubtful of certain cases and ideas, we have seen and experienced enough in our time to realise that dedication to the research is definitely a worthwhile cause. Instead of blindly believing (or disbelieving), or just accepting what we are told is true and real, we prefer to seek out the answers ourselves through first-hand, “boots on the ground” investigation. Experimentation, observation and documentation. We don’t have all the answers and we don’t consider ourselves experts.

The team prides itself in being quite a bit different from other paranormal investigation teams out there. Our mindset strays from the popular culture train of thinking with regards to the paranormal, that is already rife with spirit boxes, phone apps and flashy, easily manipulated fad gadgets. Our goal is answers and evidence, not social media or entertainment popularity.

We don’t follow the mainstream, gadget driven mentality. Gadgets marketed to the naïve and gullible, claiming to detect and interact with ghosts.

We don’t however dismiss these gadgets until we have fairly trialed and experimented with them within our own investigations, before deciding whether they are worthy and valid to use within our research, or just more useless toys for the ever growing ‘’junk box’’.

Research time in these locations is valuable and a privilege, so wasting it on pointless flashy boxes that offer no accurate data in return or are vague and open to interpretation (as well as mis-interpretation) is counter-productive and a poorly used opportunity. Thinking outside of the ‘’box’’ confinements of the popular T.V and social media- lead mainstream is something, the team sees as important if the field is to move forward and gain any serious credibility or traction within scientific or academic circles.

The team utilises a combination of old-school thinking and techniques, coupled with a modern way of thinking. Simple and stripped back yet embracing current technology to work though theories and ideas that may find their way into our research. We don’t make claims we can’t back up with evidence or reliable data.

We pride ourselves in keeping it real. No faking evidence or embellishing of facts. If nothing happened, nothing happened.

What we are, is “real world” researchers. Learning by doing. Walking the talk. Substance over fluff.  If we don’t know something, we say so.

We don’t charge anything for what we do. The opportunity to investigate a location and hopefully further our research is its own great reward.

We follow the Scientific Method as closely as we are able to; though it’s not always easy to create a fully controlled environment and the fact that true paranormal activity is sporadic and very rare means we don’t always have a lot to go on. Still, we do our best with what we have to work with at the time and go wherever it takes us.

We go to where the stories come from in order to see for ourselves. We talk to the people involved to get their sides to the occurrences.

Our conclusions are never really final and we find multiple return visits yield the best results; so have built up trusting relationships with quite a few locations within the historical communities in this country.

Our clean and respected reputation within historical circles is something the team prides itself on, as it has grown over the last decade and is based on well over 200 investigation sessions within that time.

For a full listing of References & testimonials, please visit our TESTIMONIALS page on this website.

Exploration – Observation – Experimentation – Documentation … Ultimately leading to Interaction, Understanding and Conclusion.


Please check out our website and don’t hesitate to make contact if you have any queries or would like to know more about what we do. We’re always happy to talk about spooks!

Through the years the team have investigated:




                                                                    Dargaville Central Hotel



Hawkes Bay

Central North Island

  •                                                                Chateau Tongariro Hotel                                                               Jubilee Pavillion – Marton


Northern South Island

                                                                                 Trout Hotel

West Coast and Central South Island

  • Seaview Asylum
  • Otira Stagecoach Hotel


  • The Old Shipping Office (Akaroa)


  • Cardrona Hotel
  • Vulcan Hotel (St Bathans)


United Kingdom

  • The Drovers Inn – Scotland
  • Traquair House – Innerleithen
  • Ancient Ram Inn – Wooton-Under-Edge
  • 30 East Drive – Pontefract
  • Boleskine House – Scotland
  • Ballachulish Hotel – Glencoe
  • Chillingham Castle
  • The Golden Fleece – York
  • Bunchrew House – Scotland
  • Oswald House – Kirkcaldy
  • The Skirrid Inn – Abergavenny
  • Halston Hall – Carlisle
  • Airth Castle
  • Dalhousie Castle
  • Barcaldine Castle – Oban
  • The Witchery – Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Vaults – Scotland
  • Touchwood House – Scotland
  • Greyfriars Kirkyard – Scotland
  • The Hellfire Club – Ireland
  • Ostrich Inn – Slough
  • Caynton Caves –  Shropshire
  • Four Crosses Inn – Staffordshire
  • Torwood House – Scotland
  • Dalhousie Castle – Scotland
  • Windhouse – Yell, Shetland
  • Swan Hotel – Wooton-on-Edge
  • Weston Hall – Staffordshire
  • Clava Cairns – Inverness, Scotland
  • The Queen’s Head Hotel – Troutbeck
  • Haunted Antiques Paranormal Research Centre – Hinkley


YHA [Katoomba] – Hartley Village [NSW] – Quarantine Station [Manly] – The Russell Hotel [Sydney] – Maitland Gaol [NSW]


Kaniakapupu Palace Ruins – Nuúanu Pali – Manoa – Oahu Cemetery [Oahu]

Norfolk Island

New Gaol – The Crank Mill – Bloody Bridge

Cryptozoological Field Research

YOWIE RESEARCH: Blue Mountains [ Australia] – Kanangra Ranges [Australia] – Blue Mountains Exploration: Research Area – Bullaburra [Australia]

MOEHAU RESEARCH: Coromandel Ranges [New Zealand] – Urerewa Ranges [New Zealand]



… as well as many private home visits around Auckland and surrounding towns and extensive investigation internationally.

Some of the services and experience we have on offer:

Research and Investigation of buildings, historical locations and businesses

Photo & video analysis

Photographic enhancements

General paranormal consultation

Historical Research

Conferences / Public speaking

Educational talks & fundraising for historical locations

Media interviews