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 opened in 1897, it was called the New Central Hotel and it quickly became famous for its comfortable rooms, sumptuous décor and grand entertainment.
There are stories from a few of the rooms of unusual occurrences and shadowy figures seen in hallways through the years, but the main room we were focusing on for this investigation was Room 35, which is supposedly occupied by a female ghost that likes to seduce single men. Otherwise known as a Succubus to some.
With no single men on the investigation, Mark stepped up (all in the name of science!) as bait and stayed the last few hours following the investigation session sleeping in the room, solo.
Did we experience anything? Maybe.
Let’s just say something happened at 5am, that was captured on camera.
The room key, sitting on a table, moves and drops to the floor at 5am.
Rotorua is known for its geo-thermal activity.
The only explanation we have so far been able to come up with is possible infrasound. However, if the cause were underground vibrations, wouldn’t the visible lens flare from the tripod mounted Infrared camera and lights have moved as well? The lens flare remains completely static throughout the entire length of the recorded camera footage.
Wouldn’t there be a slight vibration seen if it was strong enough to move the keys?
Of course, we don’t have enough evidence to conclude that this was indeed paranormal activity, but we found it interesting, intriguing and worth documenting.