Haunted Locations in New Zealand

Waitomo Caves Hotel

Looking for details on famously haunted locations in New Zealand? You’ve come to the right spot! Some of these places have been investigated by Haunted Auckland and some we are yet to visit, but all are on our top lists of haunted locations throughout the country.

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Alberton House - Mt Albert - Alberton is a distinctive colonial mansion, built about 1863 by one of Auckland's elite landed families. Once the centre of an estate that stretched as far as the eye could see, this beautiful building grew from a farmhouse into an 18-room
At Night at the Vulcan Hotel - I thought I'd share this here. It's a chapter from my Haunted New Zealand Roadtrip book on an intriguing old histoical Pub / Hotel down in the stunning Central Otago region. We slowly crawled along the gravel road that passes through this
Auckland Civic Theatre - What lurks behind the curtains at New Zealand’s largest, and most iconic theatre? Location: The Auckland Civic Theatre is in the heart of Auckland City. It’s imposing Rococo facade looms over a busy and well-patronised intersection of bars,
AUSA University Building, Auckland Central - The team were called, in an attempt to document some of the unusual activity that has been reported through the years, right up until recently, in this late 1800's student office building. Reports of people being touched, items moving,
Cambridge Hotel - Wellington - Cambridge Terrace, site of some of Wellington's landmark buildings, was once a stream. Before a massive earthquake changed the landscape in 1855, flat-bottomed boats used to make their way from the harbour along what are now Cambridge and Kent
Camp Adair - YMCA Camp Adair is located in Hunua, south of Auckland. It was first established in 1913 and encompasses over 100 acres, the camp was later purchased by the YMCA in 1938. The camp currently provides outdoor recreational facilities, including
Carlile House - Auckland - Carlile House is arguably one of New Zealand’s most famous haunted houses. Its brooding presence on Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn, drains the life, emotion and property value out of the street.
Carrington Mental Hospital (Unitec) - Building 76 - Unitec was founded as "Carrington Technical Institute" in 1976 on the Mt Albert site on Carrington Rd, which has 55 hectares of grounds. The area on which Unitec's main campus is located was formerly home to the Whau Mental Hospital, later known
Carrington Unitec: Building One - Carrington Hospital, now Unitec Institute of Technology Whau Lunatic Asylum (or: Lunatic Asylum at the Whau; later: Auckland Lunatic Asylum, Avondale Lunatic Asylum, Avondale Hospital, Auckland Mental Health Hospital, Oakley Hospital; Carrington
Central Hotel - Dargaville - On July 29th the team headed off on another road trip, this time up north to Dargaville, to spend the night investigating ongoing paranormal activity within the Central Hotel. The Hotel sits directly opposite the mighty Northern Wairoa River and is
Chalet Backpackers, Dunedin - Investigation - Earlier this month, Haunted Auckland were invited to investigate the ongoing activity at the 1904 built Chalet Backpackers hostel, a former Hospital, in the very historic South Island city of Dunedin. I jumped on a plane and headed down to document,
Chateau Tongariro Hotel - Chateau Tongariro is a New Zealand hotel and resort complex located close to Whakapapa ski-field on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu. It is also close to the volcanic peaks of Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe, within the borders of the Tongariro
Couldrey House - Wenderholm - History Couldrey House is an historic Victorian-Edwardian family home set in parkland. It is fully furnished but in a mix of styles reflecting the eras and preoccupations of some notable past owners. Who lived here? • An early entrepreneur
Cromwell Kilwinning Lodge / Lake Dunstan - Cromwell - Cromwell Cromwell is a town in Central Otago in the Otago region of New Zealand. It is situated between State Highway 6 (linking to Wanaka, 50 km north, and Queenstown, 60 km west) and State Highway 8 leading to the Lindis Pass, 75 km northeast,
Cumberland College, Otago - Cumberland College is a residential college in Dunedin, for the University of Otago. The iconic landmark was established as a hall of residence in 1989 and is located in the former Dunedin Hospital Nurses’ Home, built in 1916, just across the road
Dunstan House - Clyde, Central Otago. - Clyde is located in an area known as The Dunstan, named by an English surveyor, John Turnbull Thomson. He was the second white man to enter the region in the spring of 1857. It is believed he used the name Dunstan because the mountains reminded him
Erskine College, Wellington - History Erskine College in Wellington built from 1905 by the Society of the Sacred Heart, is a collection of Class 1 recognised historic buildings which include the Chapel of the Sacred Heart and the Main Block Convent. The premises served as a
Ewelme Cottage - Auckland - One of Auckland’s most famously haunted locations, the historic home of the Lush family for several generations. Location History: The kauri-constructed Ewelme Cottage has a link with the Anglican community in Auckland, the dwelling
Firth Tower Museum: Barn / Cinema building - Matamata - Feb 20th 2021, Haunted Auckland’s Mark, Aimee, Sam and Guest Investigator Clint Lawson spent a night investigating various buildings within the stunning grounds of the Firth Tower Museum in Matamata. One of the buildings documented that session was
Former Wellington Fever Hospital / SPCA - It was a privilege and thrill to finally get the chance to explore this iconic historic Wellington landmark. The former Wellington Fever Hospital was designed in 1917 and completed for opening in 1920 to look after patients with infectious
Fortune Theatre, Dunedin - New Zealand's Fortune Theatre is on the corner of Moray Place and Upper Stuart Street, in the heart of the southern city of Dunedin. The theatre lays claim to being the world's southernmost professional theatre company and is the sole
Foveaux Hotel - Bluff - A 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
Gibbons Homestead - Whatipu - A few members of the team road-tripped out West to spend a fun night investigating the allegedly haunted Whatipu Lodge, where the ‘’Pink Lady’’, thought to be one Matilda Gibbons, is said to reside. We also spent a few hours heading around to and
Hard To Find Bookshop - We track down the elusive spirits at this legendary literary paradise. History & Background Built in the 19th century, the building used to house a retailer downstairs and a Dentist upstairs. No details about the retailer have been were
Highwic House - Epsom, Auckland - Situated at 40 Gillies Ave, Epsom. Highwic is a historic house in Epsom, New Zealand that is registered by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as a Category I structure and is also one of AA Travel's "101 Must-Do's for Kiwis". The site has
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
Investigation: Cardrona Hotel - South Island. {Interview with the Hotel Manager} - In April 2021, Haunted Auckland Researcher Mark Wallbank headed down to the lower South Island to spend a night investigating the Cardrona Hotel, one of New Zealand’s oldest and most iconic hotels. Situated on the spectacular Crown Range Road,
Kinder House, Parnell - Auckland - Kinder House is located in Parnell, Auckland. Built in 1857, Kinder House is one of Auckland's most notable stone buildings. It was commissioned by Bishop G.A. Selwyn and designed by Frederick Thatcher, the architect for many Anglican buildings in
Laishley House - Investigation Session 2 - FRIDAY 10TH JULY 2020 Onehunga is a suburb of Auckland City in New Zealand and the location of the Port of Onehunga, the city’s small port on the Manukau Harbour. It is eight kilometres south of the city centre, close to the volcanic cone of One
Laishley House, Onehunga - Former residents warned their grandchildren of  frightening goings-on in the upper storey of this historic home. Is there something lurking upstairs at Laishley House? History Onehunga is a suburb of Auckland City in New Zealand and the
Lake Alice Hospital - Manawatu - Lake Alice Hospital was once a rural psychiatric facility situated in the Manawatu region, catering to the full mental health spectrum, from troubled youth and the criminally insane to the elderly with dementia. The sprawling complex, opened in
Lakehouse Art Centre return visit - Another return visit to one of our fav' local haunts, the LakeHouse Art Centre. Always a pleasure to get back there to try out new experiments, ideas, trigger objects and gadgets and to see if we can recapture activity that occurred during
Larnach Castle, Dunedin -   Larnach Castle (also referred to as "Larnach's Castle"), is an imposing mansion on the ridge of the Otago Peninsula within the limits of the city of Dunedin, close to the small settlement of Pukehiki. It is one of a few houses of this
Lopdell House – Titirangi, Auckland - In recent years it is said that some of the tenants had complained of hearing unusual banging coming from the kitchen, toilets flushing by themselves, unusual voices recorded on gallery computers and windows that appear to open by themselves after
Mahurangi Cement Works - Warkworth - History The Mahurangi Cement Works (near Warkworth) saw New Zealand’s first manufacturing of Portland cement in the 1880s. The founder of New Zealand’s cement industry, Nathaniel Wilson (1836-1919), emigrated from Glasgow with his family when
Mangawhai - Paranormal overnight Camp-out (3 Teams) - November 14th, 2015. Haunted Auckland headed back to this beautiful, yet allegedly haunted slice of bush land, for a third overnight visit for further exploration. This time, we were joined by members from two other teams; Midnight Paranormal
Mc Nichol Homestead - Clevedon - European settlers, Duncan and Maureen McNicol came to New Zealand in 1853 from the Isle of Arran off the west coast of Scotland after an unsuccessful foray to the Australian gold fields. An historic homestead set in attractive grounds and
McCaw Homestead - Matamata - From the www.heritage.org.nz website: The former McCaw Homestead stands on the site of an earlier dwelling, which formed the centrepiece of the Matamata Estate. The estate was established by Josiah Clifton Firth (1826-1897) in 1865 when he leased
Mokena Boutique Hotel and Restaurant - Haunted Auckland journeys to the historic and vibrant Spa town of Te Aroha to investigate the paranormal claims at this scenic hotel. History and Location Mokena Hotel was originally named Hinemoa House and was a boarding house during the gold
Mysterious Occurrences in Butchers Gully - A few kilometers south of Alexandra, deep in the Central Otago region of the lower South Island, while travelling along Highway 8, (or Alexandra-Fruitlands Road as it is otherwise known), there is a place you will pass by called Butchers
Napier Prison - Napier Prison is a former prison in Napier that was New Zealand's oldest prison. It is now an historic facility which offers guided tours twice daily and self-guided audio tours all-day. It is also the only building where it is possible to see
Napier Prison Investigation - On the topic of prison, it’s more likely that you’d hear of those on the inside that can’t wait to get out. And then there’s us – those on the outside that couldn’t wait to get in... Haunted Auckland had been invited by Craig Wright to join him
North Shore ''Hanging man'' - Since moving to the north shore of Auckland around 15 years ago, I've picked up a few intriguing local stories of possible paranormality and high strangeness around the region. One was told to me back when we first moved here. I noted it, visited
Omakau's Mysterious Newly-wed Corpse - On our way to St Bathans to investigate the notoriously haunted Vulcan Hotel, we stopped in at the Muddy Creek Cafe in Omakau, for a fish and chip break about midday. Waiting for our order of blue cod and chips (some of the best blue cod I have
Otira Tunnel Ghost - I heard an intriguing story while doing the Transalpine Rail trip between Christchurch and Greymouth recently. The onboard commentary tells of a ghost who is sometimes seen on the Old Coach Road. Apparently the male ghost walks with his swag
Otuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve, Ihumātao - The Otuataua Stonefields, near Ihumātao, is one of the Auckland's last volcanic areas where you can see the large-scale stonework and earthwork remains that show how people once lived and worked. A stark reminder of Auckland's volcanic
Otuataua Stonefields: 2nd research visit - Mangere, Auckland - The Ōtuataua Stonefields show how the early Maori adapted to their new environment. New Zealand’s shorter growing seasons and colder mean temperatures ruled out many Polynesian staples. The settlers salvaged only a few crops - kumara, taro, yams and
Playhouse Theatre, Glen Eden - The team was invited to visit this wonderful old theatre in west Auckland’s Glen Eden. We had heard stories of ‘Ernie‘, the resident ghost, who some say, has been residing there since World War 2. Ernie is often blamed for any theatre mishaps within
Project Mercer: Visit Three - Mercer Jail-House, Cemetery and Morgue investigation - A great investigation session last night. We headed out South again to carry on with further research of the Mercer Jailhouse, cemetery and Morgue building. This is visit 3 in our on-going study into this fascinating and very historic region of
Project Puhinui: Solo Session five - Puhinui Homestead, Howick Historical Village. - On 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
Re-visit to Massey Homestead - Touch-light activation incidents - On July 25th, 2020, the team returned to follow up on a location we had investigated back in 2014. The mid 1800s built Massey Homestead; situated in lush, landscaped grounds in Mangere, is one building the team have been wanting to revisit for a few
Regent Theatre, Dunedin - The Regent Theatre is a theatre in Dunedin, New Zealand with a seating capacity of about 1,650. It is in The Octagon, the city's central plaza, directly opposite the Municipal Chambers (Dunedin Town Hall) and close to the Dunedin Public Art
Return to Carrington Unitec - Basement tunnels - The team briefly returns to Unitec, the grounds of the former Carrington Lunatic Asylum, to further investigate the underground tunnels beneath Building One. [gallery type="rectangular" size="medium"
Riccarton Racecourse Hotel - Christchurch - The Riccarton Racecourse Hotel is considered to be one of the most haunted places in New Zealand. It is said that the ghost of former licensee Donald Fraser walks the corridors of the hotel looking for his killer. In 1933, Fraser was murdered in
Spirits Bay (Piwhane) - The aptly named Spirits Bay, or Piwhane, is located at the most northern tip of New Zealand's North Island. The isolated bay is 12 kilometers long and was named one of the top campers’ spots in New Zealand. [caption id="attachment_12991"
St Bathans Old School Ruins - At the end of Cross Street situated beside St Patrick’s church are the old school ruins.  These hauntingly beautiful remains serve as a picturesque and poignant memorial to the generations of children who once lived in the town. At its peak the
St Bathans School ruins return visit - Photo Gallery -
St James / Regent / Odeon theatres - Auckland - TWO SESSIONS : Sat 22 August 2015 & Fri 18 September 2015 I hadn't set foot in this stunning central Auckland city landmark for a good twenty something years. as a kid I would save my pocket money and mow a few lawns, to raise enough to jump on
St James Theatre, Wellington - The St James Theatre, (previously known as His Majesty's Theatre, and the Westpac St. James Theatre from 1997–2007) (shortened to "St. James" by locals) is a stage theatre located in the heart of NZ's capital city, Wellington. The present theatre
St James Theatre, Wellington - There are numerous ghosts reported to haunt this beautifully kept and much loved, iconic theatre. The St James Theatre was opened on Boxing Day, 1912. During the theatre's first months, it was used primarily to play silent movies, but was
St Stephens House - 9 St Stephens Avenue & 1A Brighton Road, Parnell [To be Demolished] - One of the misconceptions in the research that we do, is that we can gain special access to any building we desire. If there are reports of possible paranormal activity, or a house is of historical value, then Haunted Auckland can automatically gain
St Stephens Houses, Parnell - Auckland - The St Stephens Houses have sat empty and tightly boarded up for about a decade and have a local reputation of potentially being haunted. There are ‘urban-myth’ type claims of seeing shadows moving around; a person seen standing in a top floor
The Huntly Ghost Bride - There are stories that tell of a mysterious alleged ghost ''bride'', that is witnessed from time to time standing , or wandering along the railway tracks adjacent to the Huntly Cemetery located along State Highway one; about an hour south from
The Junction Hotel - Thames - Last weekend a few of the team roadtripped down the line a couple of hours, to the beautiful (and refreshingly friendly) little town of Thames, on the Coromandel Peninsula to conduct an overnight investigation of the reportedly haunted Junction
The Kentish Pub - Waiuku - Built in 1851 by Edward Constable, who emigrated from Maidstone, Kent in England, the Kentish Hotel is possibly the most famous established watering hole in the Franklin area, namely Waiuku. Granted to sell liquor in 1853, the pub can lay claim to
The Lakehouse Art Centre - We have been enjoying our ongoing investigation of the Lake House Arts Centre, in Takapuna. A stunning piece of historic real estate, built in the
The Leviathan Heritage Hotel - Dunedin - When the Leviathan Railway Temperance Hotel was built in 1884 it was situated beside the harbour, beside the original railway station, on land, which had been reclaimed from the harbour, with rock dumped during the flattening of Bell Hill. With 150
The Masonic Hotel - The team ventures south to the scenic Hawkes Bay to investigate this majestic art-deco hotel on Napier's waterfront. History Napier has been described as the ‘Art Deco Capital of the World’ and the Masonic Hotel is a fine example of Art Deco
The Mercer Project: Part 1 - Investigation Intro - It started with a morgue... and became a mystery, with some fantastic surprises along the way so far. Welcome to the start of the Haunted Auckland Mercer Project... which begins today, on Anzac Day - a day to remember all those who went before us.
The Onehunga Blockhouse - Session 2 - Re-visit - FRIDAY 10TH JULY 2020 Haunted Auckland investigates the Onehunga Blockhouse to try to uncover what spirits may be residing in this nineteenth-century stronghold. The team last visited this historical local in May 2013. We felt it was time for a
The Palace Hotel - At the recommendation of the local residents in Te Aroha, the team investigates potential hauntings at this iconic local pub and hotel. History & Background Situated in the very heart of this historic Waikato township, the Palace Hotel is
The Prince's Gate Hotel - Rotorua - On Feb 27th 2021, Mark, Sam, Aimee, Barbara and Natasha, piled themselves and a heap of equipment into two cars and made their way to beautiful Rotorua to spend a fun day & night taking in the sights, eating Mexican food, visiting the thermal
The PumpHouse Theatre - The PumpHouse Theatre is located in the picturesque Killarney Park which sits on the edge of the equally beautiful and intriguing, Lake Pupuke. The PumpHouse operates as a venue for hire for the performing arts. It hosts a wide range of theatre,
The Queen's Ferry Hotel - Haunted Auckland investigates the city's oldest continuously licensed premises. Do former patrons still lurk in this pub's notorious Gin Room? History First opened / licensed in 1865. Used to be a General Store which burned down. The
The Stone Store, Kerikeri - Located next door to Kemp House, the Stone Store is NZ's oldest stone building. It was designed by Wesleyan missionary John Hobbs, and built by Australian convict William Parrott. The Stone Store was constructed to hold mission supplies and
The Tavistock Hotel - Waipukurau - We team up with Core Paranormal from Palmerston North in a joint investigation of the historical Tavistock Hotel in central Hawke's Bay. Location History The Tavistock Hotel, originally built in the late
Torpedo Bay Navy Museum - Devonport, Auckland - Housed in a 19th Century submarine mining station looking over the Waitemata Harbour, the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum showcases the rich history of the Royal New Zealand Navy. Torpedo Bay, on the shores of the Waitemata Harbour in Devonport, is the new
Waimate Hospital, Waimate - A number of sod built cottages were built at Sodtown in the Waimate's early days.
Wains Hotel - Dunedin - The Wains Hotel Building (frequently spelt grammatically but incorrectly as Wain's Hotel) is a historic hotel building in Dunedin, New Zealand. It is currently occupied by the Park Regis Dunedin hotel. Job Wain started his first hotel in downtown
Waiouru Military Camp - Waiouru 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. [caption id="attachment_7747" align="aligncenter"
Waitomo Caves Hotel - Location & History Waitomo Caves Hotel was first originally called Waitomo House, then in 1905 the Tourist Department bought it & renamed it the Government Hostel. Waitomo Caves Hotel is situated upon a natural high-point in an area of
Waitomo Caves Hotel - Location & History Waitomo Caves Hotel was first originally called Waitomo House, then in 1905 the Tourist Department bought it & renamed it the Government Hostel. Waitomo Caves Hotel is situated upon a natural high-point in an area of
Wellington Opera House - Wellington - Construction work on the building, originally known as the "Grand Opera House", began in 1911. William Pitt, the architect, was based in Melbourne, Australia, and much of the work was overseen by local architect Albert Liddy. The Opera House has
Wharekuri - NZ Ghost Town - Wharekuri This was a busy village as early as 1865. There was a post office, a store and a coal mine. A school was established in 1889 for 24 pupils. The hotel, the remains of which you can see, was built in 1865, by a Mr. Geddes. This was a
Whatipu Caves exploration and investigation - Session 1 - Whatipu is a remote beach on the rough and rugged West Auckland coastal bay, at the southern end of the Waitakere Ranges. Swimming there is considered risky due to all the currents and rips. The region has a dark and tragic past. mysterious deaths,