“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.
Paranormal New Zealand is the home of Haunted Auckland, a Paranormal Investigation and Research group.
Whether you’ve been following us since 2010, or just recently discovering 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 totalling 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 1985, with a team 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 aren’t “Believers”. We also aren’t blinkered, close-minded sceptics. We are happy to sit right in amongst it all and take the research wherever it may leads 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 trialled 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 don’t charge anything for what we do. The opportunity to investigate a location and hopefully further our research is its own great reward.
What we are, is “real world” researchers. Learning by doing. Walking the talk. Substance over fluff.
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:
- Auckland Civic Theatre
- North Head
- The Auckland Town Hall
- St James theatre
- Victoria Theatre
- The Howick Historical Village
- The Smith & Caugheys building
- Kinder House
- Lopdell House
- The Pumphouse Theatre
- The Bluestone Room
- Fort Takapuna
- Massey Homestead
- The Hard To Find Bookshop
- Hollywood Cinema
- Avondale Town Hall
- Alberton House
- Bell House
- Carrington (Unitec)
- The Queens Ferry Tavern
- Regent Theatre
- Ewelme Cottage
- Laishly House
- Onehunga Blockhouse
- Puhoi Centennial Hall
- Kingseat Hospital
- Puhinui Homestead
- AUSA Building
- Helensville Museum
- Waiuku Museum
- Lake House Art Centre
- Molloy’s Antique Centre
- Whatipu Caves
- Capitol Theatre
- Gibbons Homestead
Central North Island
- Chateau Tongariro Hotel
West Coast and Central South Island
- Seaview Asylum
- Otira Stagecoach Hotel
- The Old Shipping Office (Akaroa)
- Cardrona Hotel
- Vulcan Hotel (St Bathans)
- Seacliff Asylum
- Chalet Backpackers
- Larnach Castle
- 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 Golder Fleece – York
- Bunchrew House – Scotland
- Oswald House – Kirkcaldy
- 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
… 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
General paranormal consultation
Conferences / Public speaking
Educational talks & fundraising for historical locations
- Jubilee Pavilion Shadow Person, Marton18/07/2015Investigations / Urban LegendsThis one I heard about on a trip down to Marton, near Whanganui on the west coast of the North Island. The Jubilee Pavilion is situated in the historically recognised community sporting arena of Marton Park. A historical trust registration marked the park as a place with aesthetic, architectural, historical, cultural and social significance. The Historic Places Trust classifications covered the key features of the park. The Jubilee Pavilion, South African War memorial, the Great War memorial and a small number of trees at the northern end of the rugby ground which have historic significance. The pavilion stands are allegedly the preferred haunt of a frequently seen ‘shadow person’. Described as all black (looking like a shadow) and without any visible features. Sitting on the left hand side seating of the pavilion as though looking out onto the field, watching a sporting event. It has been witnessed by a few people through the years. Always in the same pavilion side, same row and in the same position. Sitting, looking forward. People working around the stadium, or walking through the park have gone over to see this ‘person’, only to have it disappear before they reach the stands. No one seems to know who this person might be, but it is theorised that it might be the ghost of a lonely homeless man who frequented the stadium for many years to watch the local sporting teams play there. A couple I spoke to in a local pub, told me he was a Maori homeless man who was quite known and liked within the community and would attend many sporting events. They described him as having a bushy grey beard, old hat and overcoat and always smiling and happy and loved to chat to people. Without an abode, he would sometimes be seen sleeping in the stands at times, in that very spot. He was found dead in the stands many years ago, thought to be the unfortunate victim of a gang related attack. Haunted Auckland visited the pavilion in the hopes of capturing an image of this entity or perhaps even engaging in communication with the old man, but were unsuccessful. One thing for sure; the back of the jubilee pavilion stands is an eerie place to sit. Especially under a full moon in the dead silence of night in this peaceful and friendly little town. ... Read more...
- Dalquharran Castle – South Ayrshire, Scotland16/02/2020Derelict Buildings / Haunted Locations / United KingdomHad this location recommended to me by a local fellow explorer mate, thanks Robert! Overlooking the Water of Girvan in South Ayrshire, Scotland, Dalquharran Castle was designed by Robert Adam, the architect responsible for the building of nearby Culzean Castle (refer to my recent Culzean Caves post). Work was completed in 1790. Despite enormous investment in the preservation of the 18th century Culzean Castle by the National Trust of Scotland, its contemporary Dalquharran has for various reasons fallen into disrepair and ruin in recent years. As with Culzean Castle, Dalquharran was designed as a family mansion incorporating castle-style features. It was commissioned by Thomas Kennedy in 1785 as a new ancestral seat for his descendants, after Old Dalquharran Castle (ruins of which stand on the same land approximately 300m away) became uninhabitable. The old castle is now a listed monument. Kennedy’s heirs sold the property in the 1930s. Eventually, Dalquharran became too costly for subsequent owners to maintain and was abandoned, with the roof strategically removed in the late 1960s as a means of avoiding paying tax. Although by early 2017, the interior of the castle was in total ruin and entry into the building was prohibited for safety reasons, Dalquharran stands as an evocative and romantic echo of its cousin Culzean, located a mere 8 miles away. – Mark... Read more...
- Legend of the haunted railroad tracks05/01/2014HauntingsSan Antonio is a city steeped in great history and perhaps not coincidentally, many perplexing mysteries. Amidst the centuries old Missions and brushy hollows there exist tales of inexplicable happenings and spooky haunts galore. But, conceivably the Alamo City’s most notable saga centers around the so-called haunted railroad tracks on the city’s Southside. Featured on popular television shows like Unsolved Mysteries and Science: Fact or Fake, the unremarkable little intersection at Shane and Vilamain Roads (near Mission Espada), consistently draws scores of curiosity seekers intent on having a supernatural experience. For, it is said that if one stops and leaves one’s car in neutral where the tracks cross the pavement, an unseen force will begin to move your vehicle until it has crossed over. Rumor has it that this intertia is, caused by the pushing of juvenile ghosts, the result of a tragic accident years ago where, a school bus stalled on the tracks and was struck by a train. It is further believed that if you sprinkle a little baby powder or flour on your rear bumper during the experiment, the impressions of tiny hands will appear. Some have even claimed that neighborhood streets derive their names from the victims of the bus tragedy. Others have remarked about having an eerie feeling at the location, as well as hearing disembodied screams. Though it makes for good storytelling on a moonlit night, the problem is that no one can find any record of such an accident in any newspaper or archive. Furthermore, the unexplained phenomenon may in fact be an optical illusion. You see, while stopped at the intersection it does appear that your car is facing uphill, when in fact there is a very slight downhill grade, resulting in forward motion. Still, it is worth noting that the area around the missions has spawned other claims of ghostly activity. Also, the San Antonio River runs nearby and rivers, as well as railroad tracks, are often associated with paranormal activity.... Read more...
- Lord Combermere’s ghost photo03/05/2021Haunted Auckland Updates / Hauntings / Opinions and Theories / UncategorizedTell us what you really think This week another classic… Lord Combermere’s ghost photo The 2nd Viscount Combermere became a posthumous celebrity in connection with “Lord Combermere’s Ghost Photo”, taken in 1891 by Sybell Corbet. She was Lady Combermere’s sister and staying at Combermere Abbey at that time. She set up her camera with its shutter open for one hour in the Abbey Library while the entire staff were out, attending Lord Combermere’s funeral at St Margaret’s Church, Wrenbury, some four miles away. When the plate was developed, the transparent image of a man sitting in one of the library chairs was noticed. Many of the staff said that the image looked like the late 2nd Viscount, and the apparition happened to be sitting in Lord Combermere’s favourite chair. It is thought by some that a servant might have come into the room and sat briefly in the chair, thus creating the image. This idea was refuted by members of Lord Combermere’s household. Has the image of Lord Combermere’s ghost been caught on camera here or do you think it’s something else. Tell us what you think in the comments… -Sam... Read more...
- Inverlochy House – Wellington14/12/2013Haunted Locations / Historic Buildings / InvestigationsInverlochy 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 was fought in the vicinity of the castle. The Victorian mansion designed by local architect Thomas Turnbull was originally built for the Wellingtonian councillor Kennedy Macdonald and family between 1877 and 1878 using mainly local timbers. A contemporary account described the ‘unrivalled family residence’ as having ‘fourteen rooms, two bathrooms, every modern convenience, water laid on, two conservatories, a vinery, fernery, fowl house, wash house and offices and a stable with two stalls and loose box being in a salubrious and fashionable location, and an unrivalled family residence – 20.01.1893, New Zealand Times ” Many of the original fittings such as the mosaic tiles in the hall, the ornate carved fireplaces and the two lion fountains at the front of the building were imported from Great Britain and Europe. The house was first owned by Thomas and Frances McDonald. Thomas was born in Boulogne-sur-mer in France in 1847 but some years later he returned with his parents to the family’s highland home in Scotland. In 1870 he met and married Frances Rossiter. The couple arrived in Wellington, New Zealand, in July 1871 and Thomas found employment as an accountant for Jacob Joseph and Company, later establishing his own company specialising in real estate, share-broking, auctioneering and commission agency. Thomas and Frances produced three sons in the 1870’s but sadly all of them died during the scarlet fever epidemic of 1876. The couple later adopted Vera, one of Frances’s nieces, as their daughter. The estate was auctioned in 1893, due to Macdonald’s eventual bankruptcy in 1891. In 1893 the couple moved to the new (but smaller) house they had built up the hill at 192 The Terrace. McDonald was a man of vision who expended much of his time and energy on helping to develop the young county. Five Wellington streets were named for him or for members of his family. In his later years he suffered from poor health and in 1913 he was admitted to Porirua Mental Hospital where he died of ‘Chronic Brain Disease’ in 1914. His wife, Frances, lived till 1921. They were both buried with their sons in the Sydney Street cemetery. The house was then privately owned and divided into a number of self-contained flats. it remained in this condition for the next 70 years until plans were made to demolish and build a seven storey hotel on the site on 1979. Tenants were served with eviction notices, but together with other local residents they began a fight to save the historic building. Fundraising activities and public meetings and Inverlochy House became the focus of a wider campaign to preserve the city’s remaining heritage buildings In November of 1980 the group won their battle when William Development Holdings arranged to present the building as a gift to the city, for use in the arts. A trust was set up to manage the building and in 2006 the building gained protection when the NZ Historic Places Trust registered it as a Class 2 Historical building. Inverlochy remained empty from 1981 to March of 1986 restoration of the house began. It is thought by many that the Inverlochy Art School has a resisident ghost. While some people have had strange experiences in the building others have lived or worked in it for years without incident. Recently it has been the subject of an ongoing paranormal investigation by local paranormal investigation group Strange Occurrences. In most reported cases no actual ghost is seen but rather objects appear to move by themselves. Accounts of this work are included in ‘Spooked – Exploring the Paranormal in New Zealand (Jo Davy & James Gilberd, Random House NZ, 2011). However, at least one person has reported seeing the apparition of a young woman – possibly wearing Victorian clothing – on the first floor landing outside the Print Studio. There are rumors that ‘the ghost’ might be someone who died in a fire in this room around the turn of the last century but there is no solid evidence to support this idea. Other people think it is the ghost of Frances McDonald, who has also been reported as haunting 192 The Terrace. One witness is Martin Hanley. At the time he was an architecture student and a tenant in the upstairs flat. One night in the early 1980s he and his partner Anna were wondering if it was safe to go out (and leave the house unguarded from the developers) when a large mirror appeared to leap off the wall of its own volition before hitting the wall opposite and sliding slowly (and ‘unnaturally’) down to the floor. Not surprisingly, they both took this a sign not to leave the building that night! Since the art school started the upstairs flat has been the home of the art school’s caretaker. In the late 1990s this position was held by Sva Brooke White, who had a number of strange experiences while he was living there. In one incident a large bucket full of paste in the Sculpture Studio was apparently thrown by an unseen force; and another time he had just nailed a large sheet of wood across the door to the room when it was suddenly and forcibly removed by another (or the same) invisible agent. A strange smell seemed to linger in the room and shortly afterwards the building was blessed by a Catholic Priest and later by a local Kaumatua. This seemed to calm things down and the current caretakers have reported nothing unusual during their tenure. Of course many of us believe that ‘paranormal events’ are just in our imagination or made up by pranksters. What is certain is that no-one has ever been really frightened by the Inverlochy ghost and most people seem to agree that if the house is haunted then the ghost is a benevolent one. If it is Frances, it is to be hoped that she is happy to see her family home full of art lovers such as herself. Reference links – http://www.inverlochy.org.nz http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inverlochy_House http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/5438946/Agnostic-guide-to-Wellingtons-ghosts http://www.inverlochy.org.nz/Articles/tabid/1566/ID/904/Inverlochy-Haunting.aspx http://nzprintmakers.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/studio-visit-print-studio-inverlochy.html Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?hl=en&v=W1ed2aPP-Z0&gl=US http://www.3news.co.nz/A-tour-through-Wellingtons-haunted-house/tabid/309/articleID/222539/Default.aspx Strange Occurrences http://www.photospace.co.nz/strange_home.htm ‘Spooked’ Book Launch and Exhibition at Inverlochy http://www.mahalski.com/News/tabid/1303/ID/835/Spooked–a-book-about-paranormal-research-in-New-Zealand.aspx Haunted Auckland & Strange Occurrences investigated Inverlochy House on 14th Dec 2013... Read more...
- The Spectre of Newby Church15/05/2021Haunted Locations / Hauntings / Opinions and Theories / UncategorizedSo……What does a ghost look like anyway? Tell us what you really think about the Newby Church Monk. The ‘Newby Monk’ (otherwise known as the ‘Spectre of Newby Church’) is the name given to the ghostly apparition developed in a photograph taken on the grounds of Newby Hall’s own Church of Christ the Consoler. The Reverend Kenneth F Lord took the image in 1963 and remarked that the infamous ‘monk’-like shape was not present at the time of taking the photograph. When the image was developed and circulated, speculation began as to what or who the murky humanoid shape may be. As with all good British hauntings, the first port of call was mysterious clergy, with many suggesting that the figure bears a similarity to a 16thcentury monk. The white blur concealing his face is generally referred to as a shroud, possibly concealing leprosy or a similar facial disfigurement. Is this image too good to be true? Is it far too typically “cartoon ghost” looking? Would a Reverend really create a paranormal hoax? Tell us what you think in the comments -Sam... Read more...
- Project Puhinui: Solo Session five – Puhinui Homestead, Howick Historical Village.29/03/2018Haunted Locations / Historic Buildings / Investigations / Project PuhinuiOn March 29th of this year, it was Marlene’s turn to conduct a solo overnight stay at Puhinui Homestead, one of our favourite, and possibly one of the more ‘active’ of any of the locations we have thus far investigated in this country. On this night Mark, Barbara, Sam and Lisa also spent the night sleeping / investigating solo within the village. Each team member staying alone in one of the many other buildings. Sam in the little Church House, Barbara in the Court House, Lisa in Eckford’s Maraetai Homestead and Mark in Johnson’s Cottage (Children’s toy room). Marlene had admitted she was nervous prior to going in, but stuck it out till the morning. We are proud of her for taking herself beyond her personal safety zones and pushing her limits in her search for answers. She could have given up and left the house at any moment, yet stayed strong, without any sleep and fought through her fear of what was going on around her throughout the night. We have all experienced things we could not find explanations for in this building. Marlene’s session was to prove no different. What follows is Marlene’s personal report of her time alone in Puhinui Homestead. Howick Historical Village – Lloyd Elsmore Park, Bells Rd, Pakuranga, Auckland. Thursday 29 March, 2018. It was a clear night. No major wind. Temp ranged between 19-21 inside degrees throughout. Full moon. There are many stories reported by many different individuals over a large span of time. There are reports of people hearing footsteps in the house when no one else is inside the house; footsteps heard down the corridor and rooms upstairs. A lady wearing a white dress has apparently been seen on the stairs. The sound of objects being moved and or dragged across the wooden floors. The caretaker had at one point experienced a standing mirror being swayed back and forth by itself while he was in the process of trying to clean it. Team members have heard voices in the house on their overnight investigations; mainly that of a male voice. One member even reported being touched while she was sleeping and thought that the duvet she was sleeping under may have been moved. Another member who stayed overnight was woken up by a sound of something being thrown from upstairs, which later was confirmed to be that of a torch that seemingly moved with force, a torch that was initially placed on a chair upstairs. It is a very old historical building that has kept much of its “Victorian style” (in my opinion) type of décor. Very wooden interior and exterior. Everything from the floors to the furniture, walls etc, just about the whole building is almost made out of dark solid heavy wood. It is clear that despite its age it has been taken very well care off, as everything is basically still in mint condition. One cannot help feel the energy lingering in the air when one enters the building. It truly takes you back in time. I have been in the building numerous times before I did the solo vigil. Honestly, I have never really felt “affected” by the building in any way shape or form before. However at the start of my solo investigation, no matter how grounded or tactical I tried to stay, I felt incredibly overwhelmed. I felt I was not in control of what was going to happen and that the night had indeed something in store for me. The mood changed almost half way through my solo investigation. I began to feel uncomfortable, I felt like I was being watched constantly, even ‘stared down’, if you will. That being said, I still tried to stay rational, as I expected this to happen, I tried my best to stay sensible and calm. For this particular night there were a few areas of interest that stood out to me.One being the kitchen. During the night I heard odd noises and sounds of movement coming from there. The noises were so profound I was almost certain it was going to trip the alarm at one point. The dining room on your left as you enter the house also stood out to me earlier in the night. This is where I saw an unusual light phenomenon shoot across a portrait that was hanging over the fire place. It was almost ‘mystical’ like, but thick, white and solid. One could not see through it. The atmosphere in the main living room where I slept almost changed instantaneously. It honestly felt as if the air was sucked out of the room and there was no gravity. This left me with some sort of “pressure” feeling within my body. It honestly felt like all the blood was rushing through my veins; going straight to my head. I have never experienced a feeling like that before. I had multiple things occur I could not explain at the time. More than anything; every time I thought something had happened, I tried to write it off as my imagination; or even hysterical paranoia and even tiredness. Yet to my core, I feel it was none of the above. A mist – like light shooting up from the floor diagonally across the portrait hanging over the fire place. As I sat on my mattress in the main living room, I could clearly hear what sounded like footsteps directly above my head upstairs. (Worthy of Note: The clear and loud sounds of ”footsteps walking on wooden floorboards” has been heard from all other team members that have conducted solo overnight investigations in this building also – Mark Wallbank) I heard movement sounds coming from the kitchen, as if someone was moving around in there. While seated on my mattress, one of the candles fell down from the piano. Very logical possible explanation for it, but at the time I truly felt there was someone in the room with me. This also coincidently happened after I asked who ever was in the house to play me something on the piano. On the video monitors that were situated right in front of me, allowing me to view the rooms upstairs, I was at one point convinced I saw something bright yellow, or orange slither across the floor on one of the screens. As I moved closer towards the screen to take a better look in which room I thought I saw it, I realised it was indeed in the main living room area where my bed was made up and that this “slithering” happened right in front of my mattress. Yet nothing was captured / recorded on camera. Last but not least, (I can only give my team members my word on this, as I have no way of proving it) I did not read the full team’s previous reports / stories about the Puhinui house before my Solo. The point being I did not want it to affect or contaminate my experiences or what I could potentially feel, see or hear. Having stayed up the entire night; it was around 4 am and I was sitting on my mattress staring at the right door corridor entrance of the living room. I turned just for a minute to my right to get my phone charger that was next to my bed on the floor. As I turned back I thought I saw something run past the door entrance, at an incredible speed. The only way I can explain it; it’s as if it was the back end of a dress blowing, that caught my eye. I was CERTAIN I saw what looked like a young girl running past and it was her running motion that caused her dress to create this flowing – like motion. I immediately told myself this was indeed my eyes playing tricks on me, as I had by that point been awake for almost 26 hours straight. It was only the following morning when I had retold this information over to the first team member to arrive at the house, Sam, that he informed me about the apparent sightings of a woman dressed in white that has been seen on the stairs. I admit I started to cry on hearing that. Not entirely sure why. Maybe cause I was mentally and physically tired? Maybe because this proved something to myself that I was indeed experiencing “things” in the house, or maybe because what happened would have been just so unbelievable that no one would truly have believed me. I did not expect the night to go the way it did. found that the immense fear I was experiencing was enough to have caused me to make multiple mistakes. I did not get to use all the equipment I had brought with me either; I had such high hopes of making this one of my best investigations ever. Unfortunately, panic set in. This made it almost impossible for me to stay calm and level headed. I think back to that solo overnight so many times and how I could have done things better. Personally I felt it was a success in the sense of, when I first left that house the next morning to go home, there was nothing no one could say or do to convince me that there was not something going on in that house. It is an experience that will forever stay personal to me and I wish there were other members present to have experienced what I did. I wish some of the cameras would have caught what I experienced too. It did make me feel a bit disappointed and frustrated and hence I left the house that morning with more questions than answers really. I totally fully understand and get it now, why it is so important that one must experience a solo overnight investigation. However, after my experience, I can honestly say, that was my first and my last. (Yeah Right – Mark) I don’t think I am cut out to do solo investigations. The fear cluttered my head and I couldn’t investigate properly. We had cameras set up all over the house this time, YET still we could not capture anything. In my opinion there is nothing more or better we could have done at the time. I wish I felt the same about myself though. After my time in the Puhinui house, I can honestly admit I can never look at that house the same way I did before the investigation. This house has shocked me. Probably most likely because I honestly did not expect (in my opinion) to experience so much activity. There is no doubt in my mind, there is something still residing in that house. What it is, or may be, residual or not, I can’t say. However I am now convinced of its authenticity and the tales / stories / rumours that I have heard.... Read more...
- Foveaux Hotel – Bluff24/03/2017Haunted LocationsA ghost named Mary is said to haunt the Foveaux Hotel in Bluff. The hotel’s current owner Sherry Shelton claims the building is haunted by a ghost named Mary and that she has seen Mary out of the corner of her eye. The ghost is thought to be Mary Cameron, the original owner of the Temperance Boardinghouse. It was built in 1899, and demolished in 1937 to make way for the Foveaux Hotel. Mary is said to haunt room 2 of the hotel and is “a friendly ghost”. The kitchen’s heavy door had opened and slammed shut Claims of footsteps upstairs being heard and are something staff claim to hear often. “She had a white blouse on with the sleeves rolled up. Her hair was up in a bun. She was probably in her early 40s. She had on a long black skirt. She looked like she’d been working. But you never know if such things are figments of one’s imagination.”... Read more...
- Private Residence, North Shore – Auckland01/06/2014Investigations / Private ResidencesHaunted Auckland were called to look into mysterious on-going activity in the beautiful, but under renovation, North Shore bungalow. We have omitted any names, location specifics and personal details in order to maintain the privacy of our client. Investigators on the night – Mark and Barbara Weather Conditions on the night – Fine and cool Luna Cycle – First Quarter History The original house was built in 1936 and has been extensively renovated and modernised inside. The land it sits on is actually an old tennis court, which was originally owned by the family of three women that lived next door. The original owner was a boat builder, so had fantastic wood working skills, which was evident within the home. The original house was very small and has pretty much doubled in size during its 20 years of renovation. A garage has been added as a third level to the home. The outside areas have been extensively landscaped over a long period of time. There was only one other owner before the present owners. The current owners purchased the home 20 or so years ago from the son of the man that had actually built the home back in 1936. Current status An extra lounge/sitting room and a garage with internal access had been added to the front. The back of the house had been remodelled to make a bedroom larger, add a bathroom, a laundry and extend the kitchen/dining/living room. There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large laundry, lounge, and a large open planned dining/kitchen/family type room and garage downstairs . Also a bedroom upstairs. The outside areas have been landscaped. Over the years the owners have added a pool, removed the shed and (about 3 months prior to our visit) removed the asphalt outside the master bedroom window, which they grassed and landscaped. The home was tenanted out for a few years before the new owners decided to move in themselves. Barbara – Of particular interest to me was the newly worked area right outside the master bedroom. Mark – The home was in obvious stages of reconstruction. Floor boards were uncovered, revealing the joins where the home extensions have been connected to the original building. Walls were un-papered and plastered, but it was clear to see that when this ongoing ‘work in progress’ was eventually completed it will be a stunning piece of North Shore real estate. Alleged activity Over many years various people (children and adults) who have lived in the house have claimed to have seen a “dwarf”. Dirty, dressed in miners working clothes and helmet, carrying a pick axe, seen in the bedrooms and in the hallway by the stairs. The young daughter continually reported “Mummy, Mummy there’s a dwarf at the end of my bed!” Several people have seen a ‘miner’ dwarf in the front bedroom and by the stairs. He has been described as looking like ‘he belonged in a fairy tale’. The woman’s daughter was the first person to speak of the dwarf and apparently it would stand in her room at night when she was a young child. The owner had called a group of mediums in and they too commented about a dwarf in the house, without knowing of it. One incident was when the daughter (5 years old at the time) ran to a nanny that worked there claiming there was ‘something on her bed’. When the nanny went to look, she saw an ‘imprint’ on the bed which was ‘moving’. The Nanny also reported seeing the dwarf for herself on another date as she came out of the bathroom. This time standing at the base of the stairs. Since then various people have reported seeing him over the years. It is not known if the dwarf is actually a dwarf, or perhaps just a short person. One theory is that, because the home was raised a foot higher during its rebuild, the dwarf could in fact be a normal sized person standing on the ground below, but the floor boards are now at his knees, giving the impression of a dwarf. Our theory on this, for now, is that maybe the land was being mined at one point in time. For what , we do not know. This was a miner that died on the scene, but is still seen today as a residual based haunting. Non intelligent and non- responsive or conscious. More a visual recording of a moment captured long ago. – The owner told us of electrical appliances (beaters, vacuum cleaners, radio) which have turned themselves on and off for various family members over the years. – There had also been times when the family returned home to find windows open that had been closed when the family had left the house. – Some sort of energy often visits the lady of the house, who gets touched and affected by an apparent unseen spirit. She hears it coming, as the door rattles as it arrives in the bedroom. It tickles her, strokes her face and head, thumps the bed, touches her and she feels it moving around on the bed at night. – Uncomfortable and frightening full body ‘tingling’ sensations are experienced at night. The feeling of ‘energy’ enveloping the woman whilst in her bed. She knows when it is around as the feeling it gives her makes her feel ill. – Many times the activity will last all night long causing a serious lack of sleep. – The night time sensations sometimes become so unbearable that the woman will go out and sleep in her car to try to escape whatever is causing it. – Unexplained noises are also heard in the walls and ceiling. – A Nanny employed by the family had her daughter complain that there was something moving on her bed and when the nanny investigated she could see the imprint of something on the bed. The master bedroom was where most of the recent activity had happened, but the hallway, bedrooms and garage were also interesting as that was where other activity had occurred. First Impressions Barbara – The house was very orderly, clean and tidy. It had been extensively renovated including the addition of a lot of Rimu and glass joinery inside (interior wall, cupboards, wardrobes etc). The master bedroom had bare walls and looked to have had recent plasterwork done in preparation for paint or papering. Feelings Barbara – Initially I had no change of feelings or emotion, however in the master bedroom when The owner was saying that “it” was there, I did get strong physical sensations of energy in my lower back and stomach. It’s very hard to explain but felt like a weird “tingling pins and needles”. It was not a pleasant feeling. I have felt this before but not as strongly as it was at times during this investigation. Investigation The owner walked us through the house and explained the various ongoing activities that had been experienced in the home over many years. We then carried out as thorough an investigation as time would allow, including temperature readings and EMF sweeps of all rooms, communication sessions in key areas, taking hundreds of photos and filming video footage of areas of interest (including times when the owner indicated that she could feel the spirit energy was with her). The whole investigation was also audio recorded. We were lucky enough to have the owner indicate that the energy was in the room with us several times which meant that we could focus on trying to get evidence of the energy/spirit at those times. Interestingly, while the EMF meter did not indicate activity at that time, the studfinder indicated that there was some sort of interference. We were able to document several odd noises that occurred during our investigation 8pm & 10pm Ambient and surface temperature readings – Front entrance – Ambient 18 degrees / surface 19.1 and Ambient 17.8 degrees / surface 18.5 – Inside front door, living room – Ambient 17.8 degrees / surface 18.1 and Ambient 17.9 degrees / surface 18.7 – First bedroom – Ambient 18 degrees / surface 17.5 and Ambient 17.3 degrees / surface 18.7 – Single bedroom – Ambient 18.3 degrees / surface 18.2 and Ambient 17.4 degrees / surface 18.7 – Hallway – Ambient 18 degrees / surface 17.9 and Ambient 17.9 degrees / surface 18.1 – Bathroom – Ambient 18 degrees / surface 17.7 (Tiles and glass windows made this room colder than the others) and Ambient 17.2 degrees / surface 17.9 – Shower / toilet ensuite – Ambient 18 degrees / surface 16.8 and Ambient 17.2 degrees / surface 17.9 – Master bedroom – Ambient 18 degrees / surface 17.4 and Ambient 17.8 degrees / surface 18.2 – Laundry off kitchen – Ambient 18 degrees / surface 17.8 and Ambient 17.9 degrees / surface 17.4 – Lounge room – Ambient 19 degrees / surface 20.8 and Ambient 18 degrees / surface 18.5 – Kitchen – Ambient 19 degrees / surface 21 and Ambient 18 degrees / surface 18.8 – Upstairs stairwell – Ambient 19 degrees / surface 17.00 and Ambient 18 degrees / surface 18.2 Noted: Stairwell temperature fluctuated suddenly and briefly from 19 to 21 degrees as I ascended the stairs into the spare room at 8pm. This did not occur at the 10pm temperature check. – Upstairs Spare room – Ambient 19 degrees / surface 17.8 and Ambient 18.5 degrees / surface 18.1 Descending the stairwell, the ambient temperature leapt again from 17 degrees to 21 degrees at the 8pm, but not the 10pm update. I could not find any reason for this happening. If the temperature had dropped instead of increased, I could have put it down to cool air movement, but in this case, that theory didn’t fit. EMF Field levels EMF levels stayed constant at zero throughout the entire house, except for in the master bedroom. On the wall to the right of the couple’s bed, the EMF meter immediately went off the scale. We were able to trace the area and size of the unusually high energy and its path. It was presumed at the time that there might have been wiring inside the wall cavity, though we were unable to confirm this. Barbara – I found it very interesting that my studfinder went off (sound and light initially) when the owner said she felt that “it” was with her in the bedroom. Then when “it” was no longer there, the studfinder stopped only to start flashing (no sound though) again once the owner said the spirit was back in the room. The light on it continued to flicker at various times during the investigation and did seem to correspond with when the owner said she sensed that the spirit was in the room. When the owner felt something in the bedroom I did also feel an odd sensation in my stomach and lower back. It felt almost like an electrical vibration and was quite strong and not pleasant. I have felt that sensation before but not as intensely as during this investigation. I noticed it a few times and it lasted from a few seconds to about a minute. I do question whether I was imagining it due to what the owner had told me and it is unfortunate that we have no way of verifying this feeling, however I have not felt that sensation since that investigation. Mark’s meter indicated that there was high EMF in some small areas of the master Bedroom. My studfinder indicated that at times there was some sort of energy in the bedroom. It was making such a broken beeping sound I didn’t even recognise it as my studfinder initially! The Clearing At the end of the investigation, Barbara conducted an energetic clearing ritual which involved ‘smudging’ the entire home. (The burning of sage). “Smudging” is the common name given to a powerful cleansing technique from the Native American tradition; however, the burning of herbs for emotional, psychic, and spiritual purification is a common practice among many religious, healing, and spiritual traditions. It is a ceremonial way to cleanse a person, place or an object of negative energies or influences and replace with positive energy to hopefully restore balance within the home. It is also an effective method for energizing or blessing a person, place or object. Barbara – Whilst doing the clearing in the garage I saw one of the towels hanging on a line jump as though someone had yanked on the washing line. I was the only one there at the time as the others were following me and had not yet entered the room. At this time, as Barbara was in the garage and I was behind her , with the owner behind me, we all heard a metallic “ping” which sounded like something metal (maybe the weight of a key) had dropped to the floor. Barbara continued with the clearing whilst we set about searching the floor for any sign of what had dropped. We could not find anything that would have made that noise. Conclusion Barbara – The investigation went well. We probably could have had a few more investigators there but we were able to do temperatures and EMF sweeps as well conducting a full investigation. The client seemed happy and made a lovely supper for us. I’d love to put infrared cameras in to see if they picked up anything over a longer time period (preferably through the night). It would also be very interesting to get another sensitive in to see if they also got the same strong sensation as both Sue and I got when the spirit comes close. I saw, heard and physically felt enough to consider that it may be possible that this home is haunted. I cannot be certain of this as further investigation would be required but I would definitely be interested in doing further investigation and research in this home. Mark – The occupants do not use any medication. Have no mental illness. The owner has had a full health check due to the worry of assuming it was her that had a problem. Only a sleeping pill is taken from time to time to aid sleep, nothing else. The woman experiencing this activity seemed, alert, intelligent, healthy and perfectly sane. There was no sign of depression or menopause or anything of a similar nature that could possibly have explained a few of the elements. The woman came across as genuine in her claims and had made efforts to communicate and capture on her cellphone what was happening. I thought the temperature drop on the stairs was unusual and I could not explain this occurrence. The stories of the ghost dwarf fascinated me. I’d love to cover this case some more in the hopes of capturing an image or video footage of it. While we didn’t come out of this with much unusual data to work with, I still feel that this bungalow might be housing a few neat mysteries. The sense of honesty and genuine frustration was evident here. I do not believe this woman is making all this up. The fact that numerous people, from children to adults (plus an ex husband, an un- family related Nanny and a group of stranger Mediums) have all had experiences within the home, tells me it’s not a case of one person’s mental illness. I won’t yet say this home is haunted, but at this point it’s certainly straying well outside the usual realms of normality. Case still open.... Read more...
- Waiouru Military Camp08/07/2015Haunted LocationsWaiouru Military Camp is a camp of the New Zealand Army in the central North Island near Waiouru. All New Zealand Army soldiers complete their initial basic training at Waiouru Military Camp. History In mid-1940, 800 construction workers from the Ministry of Works built the training camp with capacity for 7000 soldiers. Within six weeks 25000 tons of building materials had arrived at Waiouru Railway Station. 450,000 tonnes of earth was shifted to make a flat area. At the same time, hundreds of soldiers camped under canvas in the snow and completed extensive field training. By Christmas 1940, there were 230 buildings constructed, served by 20 km of streets. By mid-1941, seven regimental camps housed 7000 soldiers. There was a bakery, a hospital, two theatres and five “institutes”, each with a concert hall, library, writing room and tea-rooms. However, there were no bars; soldiers had to go to Taihape to buy a beer. More land was required for the camp by 1949. Plans were made to upgrade the Desert Road track through the artillery range to a major State Highway and build a high-voltage power line to transfer power up the Moawhango valley. The Army Schools at Trentham were to be transferred to Waiouru, compulsory military training was about to commence and, as defence responsibilities shifted to South-East Asia, the Army needed forests for jungle warfare training. These considerations resulted in another 250 square kilometres of land to the north and east of the camp being acquired by the New Zealand Government. Compulsory military training was carried out at Waiouru from 1950 to 1958, and balloted national service from 1962 to 1972. In 1978, the National Army Museum opened at Waiouru, and in 1985 the Officer Cadet School of New Zealand. These were busiest years at Waiouru. 100 recreational clubs were active in the 1970s and 80s: the Ski Club alone had 300 members. At the time, Waiouru had a population of 6,000 people, including 600 children. Reported Hauntings Army recruits stationed at the camp have reported seeing shadowy figures at the end of their bunks at night as well as sounds of tapping on their metal bunk frames. Faces have been seen outside the windows at night after curfew. In another tale, a presence known as “Harvey” has been felt in one of the shower blocks were a young man was said to have hanged himself, and his spirit is said to appear each year on the anniversary of his death. On one of these anniversaries, several recruits reported an intense feeling of cold in the middle of the night, and a pressure forcing them down on their bunks so that they could not move or speak. One also reported the sight of a dirty white mist, blurred and vaguely human-shaped but without arms or any identifying facial features. Whether these stories are true, or just tales to frighten new recruits, we may never know. But many agree there appear to be something lingering in the barracks and dormitories of the Waiouru Military Camp.... Read more...