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 follow-up. The Onehunga Blockhouse is a significant example of nineteenth-century colonial military architecture dating from the… Continue reading The Onehunga Blockhouse – Session 2 – Re-visit

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 Tree Hill (Maungakiekie). The residential and light-industrial suburb, with… Continue reading Laishley House – Investigation Session 2

Whatipu Caves exploration and investigation – Session 1

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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, suicides, drownings and murder. Tragedy occurred in 1863 just inside the… Continue reading Whatipu Caves exploration and investigation – Session 1

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 gourds, all plants with short growing seasons and small or tough leaves. In the inland Bay… Continue reading Otuataua Stonefields: 2nd research visit – Mangere, Auckland

Mangere Presbyterian Church

The Mangere Presbyterian Church is constructed in the late “timber Gothic” style and was built in 1874. It is registered for protection by Manukau City as a Category Two historic building. The church was originally constructed for $440 on land donated by Mr Robert Wallace. Famous members of the church include Robert Wallace himself, along… Continue reading Mangere Presbyterian Church

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 overlooking the Clevedon Valley, this grand home, on the corner of the Clevedon-Kawakawa Road and… Continue reading Mc Nichol Homestead – Clevedon

Project Puhinui: Session one – Puhinui House, Howick Historical Village

Session One: March 19th 2016 – Solo overnight vigil by Mark Wallbank Feb 2016, I began working on a plan to investigate further, the almost regular unusual occurrences that have been reported through the years at the grand, and much loved, Puhinui house. puhi are the decorative plumes used on Maori war canoes; nui meaning… Continue reading Project Puhinui: Session one – Puhinui House, Howick Historical Village

Claims ‘witch doctors’ issue widespread

          By Patrice Dougan, Alicia Burrow So-called Hindu ‘witch doctors’ have some in the Auckland Indian community living in fear of black magic curses, with claims the issue is wide-spread and has been going on for decades. Complaints have been rolling into NZME today after claims ‘healers’ in South Auckland have… Continue reading Claims ‘witch doctors’ issue widespread

Massey Homestead, Mangere. Auckland

The Massey Homestead is an imposing historic building set in extensive gardens on Massey Road, Mangere East. It was for some years the home of William Ferguson Massey, who was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1912 to 1925. This is a brief history of the homestead, its ownership by the Massey family, its purchase… Continue reading Massey Homestead, Mangere. Auckland

St James Anglican Church & Cemetery – Mangere, Auckland

History of St James Anglican Church As with any historic building, stories abound about St James. Just about every part of the building and its conception has its own story to tell. From the very beginnings of the church to the present time. From the foundations to the roof and the top of the bell… Continue reading St James Anglican Church & Cemetery – Mangere, Auckland

The Taniwha

In Māori mythology, taniwha (Māori pronunciation: [Tanifa] are beings that live in deep pools in rivers, dark caves, or in the sea, especially in places with dangerous currents or deceptive breakers (giant waves). They may be considered highly respected kaitiaki (protective guardians) of people and places, or in some traditions as dangerous, predatory beings, which for… Continue reading The Taniwha

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?

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 past. Location and History: 56 Ihumātao Quarry Road, Mangere. 21.1km – 27 minutes drive from Downtown Auckland. The… Continue reading Otuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve, Ihumātao

Kingseat History and Nurses Hostel Walk-through

We uncover the chequered history of this notoriously haunted psychiatric hospital and share our impressions from our initial location scout at the former nurses hostel and Spookers attraction.