Wharekuri This was a busy village as early as 1865. There was a post office, a store and a coal mine. A school was established in 1889 for 24 pupils. The hotel, the remains of which you can see, was built in 1865, by a Mr. Geddes. This was a convenient place for wagons to… Continue reading Wharekuri – NZ Ghost Town
Experience a virtual tour of one of the team’s fav local haunts, The Lakehouse Art Centre in Takapuna, Auckland.
You can explore the building floor to floor and soak up the atmosphere of the location for yourself without leaving home.
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
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
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
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
Bangour Village Hospital was a psychiatric hospital located west of Dechmont in West Lothian, Scotland. It was officially opened in October 1906 (under the name Edinburgh District Asylum), over two years after the first patients were admitted in June 1904. In 1918 Bangour General Hospital was created in the grounds, but the hospital began winding… Continue reading Bangour Village Psychiatric Hospital – Dechmont, West Lothian. Scotland
A little cottage (or perhaps and old School House?) sitting in a horse paddock I passed by while heading out South one weekend.
The Papatoetoe Orphan Home; opened on 1 April 1909, was a hospital for intellectually handicapped children. The home designed by the architect George Selwyn Goldsbro, was also known as St Mary’s Home and the Church of England Orphan Home, until being renamed as St John’s Home, or St John’s Orphanage. The Home accommodated 64 children.… Continue reading St John’s Orphanage – South Auckland
The Howick Courthouse, Howick Historic Village Thursday 29 March/Friday 30 March This story actually starts last Halloween, when the Howick Historic Village invited Haunted Auckland to hold a ghost hunt at the village as part of their Annual Halloween Event. As a result, fellow team member, Lisa, and myself ended up holding short investigations in… Continue reading Howick Historical Village: Solo Overnight sessions – Barbara in the old Howick Courthouse
Nestled in the West Auckland bush, close to the roadside; but if you were to blink when passing, you might miss it. Its only a flash of sea blue paint splashed across the frontage that might catch your eye. Also known as The Fisher Lodge, the Huia House and the Elam House. Originally owned by a… Continue reading Abandoned Art School – Huia
It was a privilege and thrill to finally get the chance to explore this iconic historic Wellington landmark. The former Wellington Fever Hospital was designed in 1917 and completed for opening in 1920 to look after patients with infectious diseases and is a rare surviving example of an Isolation Hospital; situated high up on a… Continue reading Former Wellington Fever Hospital / SPCA
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
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
Hidden amongst an overgrown bush area around the periphery of a West Auckland Christian school complex, alongside a few oddly placed pear and apple trees, are these two old sheds. Possibly used many years ago by construction workers; now discarded and taken over by vines and gorse.
History Erskine College in Wellington built from 1905 by the Society of the Sacred Heart, is a collection of Class 1 recognised historic buildings which include the Chapel of the Sacred Heart and the Main Block Convent. The premises served as a Catholic girls’ boarding school; Convent of the Sacred Heart at Island Bay, until… Continue reading Erskine College, Wellington
Kimberley was once the largest hospital for the intellectually handicapped, in the Southern Hemisphere before it closed in 2006, and is now owned by Horowhenua developer Wayne Bishop, who plans to turn it into a sprawling 500-home estate. What was once a thriving community for the intellectually disabled, the Kimberley Centre is now an empty shell tarnished… Continue reading Kimberley Centre – Levin, Horowhenua
The team were invited back to the village for their annual Halloween event. We gave presentations in the old Pakuranga School house and took keen ghost hunters around the village to give them a small taste of what it is we do. They used our equipmnent and got to learn a little about the whos, whys and whats… Continue reading Howick Historical Village: Halloween Event – October 29th 2016