Dilworth Building – Queen Street, Auckland.

The Dilworth Building is a heritage mixed-use (residential apartments and shops on the ground floor) building at the corner of Customs Street and Queen Street in the Auckland CBD, New Zealand. The building by William Gummer & Reginald Ford was constructed between 1925 and 1927 and is listed as a “Historic Place – Category I”… Continue reading Dilworth Building – Queen Street, Auckland.

Famous Flora’s Brothel – Pitt St, Auckland City

Famous Flora’s, one of Auckland’s most colourful and dynamic brothels, had occupied a building on Pitt Street for over 30 years when it closed in 2008. Established by Ron King, it was later taken over by his daughter, Lyn Kingsnorth, and her brother Roy. Kingsnorth remembers dropping in to visit her father at his place… Continue reading Famous Flora’s Brothel – Pitt St, Auckland City

Explore the Firth Tower Museum Cinema

On 20th February 2021, Haunted Auckland were invited to explore the Firth Tower Museum Cinema – one of the buildings located at the Firth Tower in Matamata. Situated in an old Barn, this part of the museum was complete with its own little movie theatre, and included a wealth of local history and exhibits. For… Continue reading Explore the Firth Tower Museum Cinema

Explore the McCaw Homestead

On 20th February 2021, Haunted Auckland had the opportunity to explore the McCaw Homestead in Matamata. An interesting location with a rich and varied history. Investigation team members for this session: Mark, Sam, Aimee and joining us, guest investigator Clint Lawson. For a full history of the McCaw Homestead and details on our investigations, check… Continue reading Explore the McCaw Homestead

Explore the Princes Gate Hotel

On February 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 areas and investigating the allegedly haunted Princes Gate Hotel. When it… Continue reading Explore the Princes Gate Hotel

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 South Auckland. We are gradually unearthing many intriguing ”hidden” secrets surrounding this quiet and… Continue reading Project Mercer: Visit Three – Mercer Jail-House, Cemetery and Morgue investigation

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 previous research sessions. Here’s a few fun photos we snapped off during the… Continue reading Lakehouse Art Centre return visit

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, between Queenstown and Wanaka. The Cardrona Hotel is also allegedly the home of a few spectral… Continue reading Investigation: Cardrona Hotel – South Island. {Interview with the Hotel Manager}

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, or experience first-hand (hopefully both!) the claims. As there were a few people staying… Continue reading Chalet Backpackers, Dunedin – Investigation

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. Special thanks to Jeanette and Christine at Mercer Art and… Continue reading The Mercer Project: Part 1 – Investigation Intro

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 ever tasted, by the way), I walked… Continue reading Omakau’s Mysterious Newly-wed Corpse

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 the old Barn, complete with its own little movie theatre. Here you will find exhibits of the… Continue reading Firth Tower Museum: Barn / Cinema building – Matamata

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 large areas of land from its Ngati Haua owners, through his friendly relationship with one of their… Continue reading McCaw Homestead – Matamata

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 areas and investigating the allegedly haunted Princes Gate Hotel. From their… Continue reading The Prince’s Gate Hotel – Rotorua

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 1890’s as a family home and in 1997, relocated in seven pieces from its original place on Hurstmere road, at the Northern end of Takapuna Beach. A fascinating place with… Continue reading The Lakehouse Art Centre

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 Gully. An isolated area that was used mainly for goldmining, until the diggings were swamped… Continue reading Mysterious Occurrences in Butchers Gully

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, from plays, musicals, dance, stand-up comedy and many other kinds of events. But… Continue reading The PumpHouse Theatre

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 Auckland. She has been described as wearing a long, all white dress or gown,… Continue reading The Huntly Ghost Bride

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 the area and took photos to try and document what I could… Continue reading North Shore ”Hanging man”

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 “sprawling metropolis” – about five small historical houses, a post office and a… Continue reading At Night at the Vulcan Hotel

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 years now. It was a damn chilly night to be… Continue reading Re-visit to Massey Homestead – Touch-light activation incidents