The Lakehouse Art Centre

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

The Old Melbourne Gaol (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

It’d been many, many years since I’d been to Melbourne. In-fact the last time I’d been I think Kylie and Jason were still mulling about on Ramsey street and I remember peeking over the fence at a friend’s house thinking that the set of Neighbours was on the other side. That was over 30 years… Continue reading The Old Melbourne Gaol (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

Hunt for the Wilderpeople – Houses

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a 2016 New Zealand made film written and directed by Taika Waititi, whose screenplay was based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump. Sam Neill and Julian Dennison play “Uncle” Hector and Ricky Baker, a father figure and son who become the targets of a manhunt after… Continue reading Hunt for the Wilderpeople – Houses

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

The Haunch of Venison, Salisbury’s oldest and most haunted pub – UK

On my way to visit Stonehenge in July 2018, I stopped off in the ancient City of Salisbury and took the opportunity to visit one of the oldest and most haunted pubs in the city. The Haunch of Venison is a very unique pub; the atmosphere is thick and heavy when you walk in.  You… Continue reading The Haunch of Venison, Salisbury’s oldest and most haunted pub – UK

Project Puhinui: Solo Session five – Puhinui Homestead, Howick Historical Village.

On March 29th of this year, it was Marlene’s turn to conduct a solo overnight stay at Puhinui Homestead, one of our favourite, and possibly one of the more ‘active’ of any of the locations we have thus far investigated in this country. On this night Mark, Barbara, Sam and Lisa also spent the night… Continue reading Project Puhinui: Solo Session five – Puhinui Homestead, Howick Historical Village.

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

Glasgow Necropolis – Glasgow, Scotland.

The Glasgow Necropolis is a Victorian cemetery in Glasgow, Scotland. It is on a low but very prominent hill to the east of Glasgow Cathedral (St. Mungo’s Cathedral). Fifty thousand individuals have been buried here. Typically for the period only a small percentage are named on monuments and not every grave has a stone. Approximately… Continue reading Glasgow Necropolis – Glasgow, Scotland.

Macclesfield Cemetery – Macclesfield, Cheshire

Macclesfield Cemetery, is a Victorian cemetery located on Prestbury Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire. It was opened on 17 May 1866 and consists of 68 acres (28 ha) of land including gardens of remembrance, cemetery walks take place three times a year. The site contains three chapels, terrace walks overlooking a stream and examples of monumental stone… Continue reading Macclesfield Cemetery – Macclesfield, Cheshire

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

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

Couldrey House – Wenderholm

History Couldrey House is an historic Victorian-Edwardian family home set in parkland. It is fully furnished but in a mix of styles reflecting the eras and preoccupations of some notable past owners. Who lived here? • An early entrepreneur extraordinaire • An Indian Army Major and his artist wife • A wealthy widow with a… Continue reading Couldrey House – Wenderholm

Karori Cemetery – Wellington

Karori Cemetery is New Zealand’s second largest burial ground, covering nearly 40 hectares. It was the final resting place of about 83,000 people. Today, it is a wealth of Wellington history and a peaceful place to visit. The cemetery was established in 1891 to replace the overcrowded Bolton Street Cemetery. The cemetery filled quickly and… Continue reading Karori Cemetery – Wellington

Wains Hotel – Dunedin

The Wains Hotel Building (frequently spelt grammatically but incorrectly as Wain’s Hotel) is a historic hotel building in Dunedin, New Zealand. It is currently occupied by the Park Regis Dunedin hotel. Job Wain started his first hotel in downtown Dunedin in the 1860s, at the height of the Central Otago gold rush. Business flourished, and… Continue reading Wains Hotel – Dunedin

Loch Ness monster hunter concludes: it’s a big catfish

  After nearly a quarter century camping out by the banks of Scotland’s Loch Ness hoping to glimpse “Nessie”, the most dedicated hunter of the legendary monster has given up, concluding it is just a very big catfish. Steve Feltham, who gave up his girlfriend, house and job in southwest England in 1991 to spend… Continue reading Loch Ness monster hunter concludes: it’s a big catfish

Alberton House – Mt Albert

Alberton is a distinctive colonial mansion, built about 1863 by one of Auckland’s elite landed families. Once the centre of an estate that stretched as far as the eye could see, this beautiful building grew from a farmhouse into an 18-room mansion – including Oriental styled decorative verandahs and towers. Famous in the 19th Century… Continue reading Alberton House – Mt Albert

Ngatea Mystery Circle – Terrestrial or Extraterrestrial?

From the original script by the late Harold H. Fulton It began quietly enough early in September 1969, but before two months were up, New Zealand’s biggest space scare had boomed to the greatest public UFO awareness on record in this far southern land’s experience. For a period commencing mid-September for the following four to… Continue reading Ngatea Mystery Circle – Terrestrial or Extraterrestrial?

Carrington Unitec: Building One

Carrington Hospital, now Unitec Institute of Technology Whau Lunatic Asylum (or: Lunatic Asylum at the Whau; later: Auckland Lunatic Asylum, Avondale Lunatic Asylum, Avondale Hospital, Auckland Mental Health Hospital, Oakley Hospital; Carrington Psychiatric Hospital; commonly Carrington/Oakley Hospital) was a psychiatric hospital on the Oakley Farm Estate situated in Point Chevalier, Auckland. Built in 1865 on… Continue reading Carrington Unitec: Building One

Monte Cristo homestead

Monte Cristo homestead was the country’s most haunted home. And it doesn’t seem to have fazed them – they still live there. Reginald’s nephew and his wife once visited Monte Cristo and were looking for the loo late one night. A young woman dressed in white appeared before them, whispered “Don’t worry, it will be… Continue reading Monte Cristo homestead