The Mercer Project: Part 1 – Investigation Intro

It started with a morgue… and became a mystery, with some fantastic surprises along the way so far. Welcome to the start of the Haunted Auckland Mercer Project… which begins today, on Anzac Day – a day to remember all those who went before us. Special thanks to Jeanette and Christine at Mercer Art and… Continue reading The Mercer Project: Part 1 – Investigation Intro

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 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

Hatupatu and the Birdwoman

  Just recieved this book in the post. It’s a story I’ve loved for a while now, as tells the chilling folkloric story of human interaction with a mysterious and terrifying creature. Written and published in 1982 by Joy Cowley and beautifully illustrated by Katrina Larabee. In Māori tradition, Hatupatu (or “Hatu Patu”) was the… Continue reading Hatupatu and the Birdwoman

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

Te Kowatu O Hatu Patu [The Rock of Refuge], Waikato

Te Kowatu O Hatu Patu also known as The Rock of Refuge. The rock stands at the roadside near Atiamuri, about 26km south of Tokoroa. The hollowed out rock was used by the legendary Hatupatu, a member of the Arawa tribe. When returning from exploring the forests he was being followed by a mysterious bird-woman.… Continue reading Te Kowatu O Hatu Patu [The Rock of Refuge], Waikato

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

Hunting for clues in Hamilton’s haunted places

        Hamilton man Josh Carroll is sceptical of haunted places. It’s strange because he is a paranormal investigator. He detests the term ghost hunter – “It’s appalling. It brings up connotations that we’re seeking them out like they’re some sort of prey that we’re going to capture and deal with.” Since he… Continue reading Hunting for clues in Hamilton’s haunted places

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?

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

Tirau St / Puraruru Cemetery – Putaruru

South of Hamilton on State Highway 1, the town of Putaruru sits amid rolling farmland, surrounded by the vast Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park. A timber and farming town, Putaruru is known for its beautiful spring waters, which come from the Blue Spring on the Waihou River. Putaruru is a small town in the Waikato region… Continue reading Tirau St / Puraruru Cemetery – Putaruru

Disturbances at a Waikato Farmhouse

Approximately 15 years ago my husband and I stayed with some friends on their lifestyle block In Te Kowhai, Waikato. The farmhouse was circa 1920’s with a later addition from around the 1970’s. During the course of the evening we were sitting in the open plan lounge/dining/kitchen which also housed the original wood burner stove.… Continue reading Disturbances at a Waikato Farmhouse