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 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

Taniwha Art

As a researcher of Cryptids (mysterious and elusive animals that avoid study), I am fascinated by all rare creatures, be they considered folkloric or flesh and blood. I’m especially interested in lake and sea based cryptids. The Taniwha, are mythical creatures that sit firmly in Maori culture and tradition. They are highly respected protective guardians… Continue reading Taniwha Art

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

Parirau Zion Church – Matakohe

While road-tripping through Northland to get to an investigation destination, Sam and I (in the “boys” car) stumbled upon the tiny old abandoned Parirau Zion Church, built in 1889, sitting lonely in a field on Otuhianga Road, off State Highway 12 on the way towards Dargaville. The church served the Anglican congregation at Parirau until the 1930’s… Continue reading Parirau Zion Church – Matakohe

29 Hepburn Street, Freemans Bay. Auckland

Stately but faded, this once-glorious historical home has been a long-standing presence on a massive 1246 square-metre site at 29 Hepburn Street, Freemans Bay, perched atop a large section alongside a huge mature pohutakawa tree. The interior of the home, which boasts many original character features, including a grand staircase, fireplaces, entry foyer, timber floors… Continue reading 29 Hepburn Street, Freemans Bay. Auckland

St Peter’s Maori College – Northcote, Auckland

I visited the former boarding facilities wing of St Peter’s Māori College in Northcote, which closed down operations in 2016 and now stands abandoned and boarded up. Hato Petera College (formerly called St Peter’s Māori College) is an integrated, boarding and day co-educational college in Northcote Central, Auckland for students in Year 9 to Year… Continue reading St Peter’s Maori College – Northcote, Auckland

Fairy folk tales of the Maori – Book by James Cowan

Loving this old gem I dug out of an old South Island second hand bookstore while on a recent roadtrip. I’ve always been fascinated in Maori folklore and handed down true – life histories; especially when it involves mysterious creatures and ghosts. This book, written by the then Wellington based historian, James Cowan satisfies my… Continue reading Fairy folk tales of the Maori – Book by James Cowan

Matukutureia (or McLaughlin’s Mountain), Clendon, Auckland

Matukutūreia, or McLaughlin’s Hill, is one of many extinct volcanoes in the Auckland Volcanic Field. It has a peak 73 metres above sea level, and was the site of a Maori pa. History The scoria cone was originally crescent-shaped and featured Māori terraces and kumara pits, before extensive quarrying reduced it to a pyramid-shaped mound… Continue reading Matukutureia (or McLaughlin’s Mountain), Clendon, Auckland

The Trout Hotel – Canvastown

History Canvastown,  the home of the Trout Hotel, is 50 kilometres west of Blenheim, is a locality at the point where the Wakamarina River joins the Pelorus River, in Marlborough. Named after all the miner’s thick canvas tents that were set up all over the land, the town was founded in 1864, after gold was… Continue reading The Trout Hotel – Canvastown

Helensville Museum – Exploratory first session

The Helensville Museum is located at the Riverside Reserve, Mill Road, Helensville. The museum has been open to the public (apart from its current transition period) since December 1970, when Hedley House, as it was known, was officially opened by then Helensville Member of Parliament, the late Peter Wilkinson. Until then, the Society housed its… Continue reading Helensville Museum – Exploratory first session

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

Ahiaruhe Abandoned House – Carterton

The abandoned house at Ahiaruhe has given rise to lots of legends. Perhaps the most frequently enquired after house in Wairarapa is a derelict mansion that sits atop a ridge in the Ahiaruhe district, across the road from Stonehenge Aotearoa. It must surely be the most photographed building in Wairarapa. It has all the requisites… Continue reading Ahiaruhe Abandoned House – Carterton

Patupaiarehe

In Māori tradition patupaiarehe, also known as tūrehu and pakepakehā, were fairy-like creatures of the forests and mountain tops. Although they had some human attributes, patupaiarehe were regarded not as people but as supernatural beings. They were seldom seen, and an air of mystery and secrecy still surrounds them. In most traditions, those who encountered… Continue reading Patupaiarehe

St. Anthony’s Convent – Huntly, Waikato

Many of you would’ve driven past this old building and, like myself wondered about its history. What is it like inside? What was it used for? Is it still used today? Yesterday, after many years of wondering, I decided to stop the car and get a closer look. It’s the former St Anthony’s Convent. Now… Continue reading St. Anthony’s Convent – Huntly, Waikato

Maori War & Early Settlers Cemetery – Rangiriri, Waikato

Rangiriri is a small town on State Highway 1, 17 km north of Huntly in Waikato. Here, on 20 November 1863, British troops and Waikato Māori sustained more casualties than in any other engagement during the New Zealand Wars. ‘Bloody Rangiriri’ was the decisive battle of the Waikato War. Waikato Māori constructed the Rangiriri defensive… Continue reading Maori War & Early Settlers Cemetery – Rangiriri, Waikato

Jubilee Pavilion Shadow Person, Marton

This one I heard about on a trip down to Marton, near Whanganui on the west coast of the North Island. The Jubilee Pavilion is situated in the historically recognised community sporting arena of Marton Park. A historical trust registration marked the park as a place with aesthetic, architectural, historical, cultural and social significance. The… Continue reading Jubilee Pavilion Shadow Person, Marton

Chateau Tongariro Hotel

Hotel Chateau Tongariro

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 National Park, New Zealand’s oldest national park. The Chateau Tongariro Hotel building was finished… Continue reading Chateau Tongariro Hotel

Cameron Blockhouse, Whanganui

The Cameron Blockhouse is a timber blockhouse in Wanganui, New Zealand, built during the New Zealand Wars in the mid-1800s. Farmer John Cameron built this blockhouse at Marangai in 1868 as a place of refuge for his family. Though war never actually reached this locality between Whanganui and Turakina, fears at the time were well-founded.… Continue reading Cameron Blockhouse, Whanganui

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 hours. A woman who had worked in the Art Gallery (large ground floor room) in… Continue reading Lopdell House – Titirangi, Auckland

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 as Carrington Hospital. The hospital was decommissioned during the early 1990s, and the… Continue reading Carrington Mental Hospital (Unitec) – Building 76