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}

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

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

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

Ballachulish Hotel – Glencoe, Scotland

Another night, another allegedly haunted hotel ticked off our itinerary. This one was the Ballachulish Hotel in Glencoe, in the Highlands of Scotland. Lots of stories from this place. Everything from shadows, footsteps and ”touchings”, to a mysterious ghostly young boy and an elderley woman seen often in corridors and rooms. Aside from a few… Continue reading Ballachulish Hotel – Glencoe, Scotland

Norwood Hall Hotel – Cult, Aberdeen

Tonight’s haunted bed is in the beautiful and quite huge Norwood Hall Hotel, in the quaintly named district of Cult, in Aberdeen. It was built in 1887 for the Ogston family. It stands on the former site of Pitfodels Castle which was owned by the Reid family and then passed to the Menzies family in… Continue reading Norwood Hall Hotel – Cult, Aberdeen

The Ancient Ram Inn – Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire

I was quite lucky to be granted a full nights access into this legendary haunted UK location in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, for some ”alone time” whilst I was travelling around the UK in 2020. The Ancient Ram Inn is a Grade II* listed building and a former pub located in Wotton-under-Edge, a market town within the… Continue reading The Ancient Ram Inn – Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire

Barcaldine Castle – Oban, Scotland

Barcaldine Castle, aka The Black Castle, is a 17th-century tower house castle located at Barcaldine 9 miles north of Oban, Scotland. The castle was built by Sir Duncan Campbell, of Glenorchy, between 1601 and 1609. The castle fell into disrepair in the later 19th century, when Barcaldine House became the principal residence of the family.… Continue reading Barcaldine Castle – Oban, Scotland

Jerome Grand Hotel – Jerome, Arizona. USA

The Grand Hotel was built in Jerome, Arizona in 1926 as the United Verde Hospital. It was a state-of-the-art medical facility and was listed at the time as the most modern and well equipped hospital in Arizona and possibly in all of the western states. Unfortunately in 1950 the hospital closed due to a dwindling… Continue reading Jerome Grand Hotel – Jerome, Arizona. USA

The Golden Fleece – York, U.K

During my time in England (July 2018), I decided to book myself in for a night at one of York’s most haunted pubs, the Golden Fleece. The day was hot and bright outside and walking into the pub early in the morning was a complete contrast. The pub was cool and very dark inside. Low… Continue reading The Golden Fleece – York, U.K

Waverley Hills Sanatorium – Louisville, Kentucky. U.S

Early in the 1900’s following an outbreak of ‘White Plague’ (otherwise known as tuberculosis) the Waverley Hills Sanatorium was purpose built for patients in hopes of containing the disease. There was no cure for the disease and whole families and sometimes, whole towns died from it. The land chosen for the sanatorium close to Louisville… Continue reading Waverley Hills Sanatorium – Louisville, Kentucky. U.S

Cathedral House Hotel – Glasgow, Scotland

Was pleased to gain some much appreciated ‘behind the scenes’ access to explore one of Glasgow’s more (apparently) active hotels. Cathedral House Hotel is a beautiful Victorian building on Glasgow’s Cathedral Square to the east of the city centre and is nestled close to Glasgow Necropolis. The building was built in 1877 and was used… Continue reading Cathedral House Hotel – Glasgow, Scotland

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 located at the corner of Victoria and Edward Street Dargaville. Constructed in 1901, during… Continue reading Central Hotel – Dargaville

The Nature and Existence of Ghosts

Macbeth seeing the ghost of Banquo - by Théodore Chassériau

“What are ghosts?” – This is a question which is often pondered by paranormal investigators. A recent Reddit post started me thinking on my theories on the nature and existence of ghosts and I decided I would take the opportunity to expand on my thoughts here.

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 Hotel. A huge thanks to the hotel management and staff for being so welcoming and helpful… Continue reading The Junction Hotel – Thames