Auckland, New Zealand
The following are some stories of ghost in the Auckland area, on the North
Island of New Zealand. When possible, I list the name and the date I received
it, but to prevent spam, I no longer include email details and contact
information for the story.
Some of The city's spookiest places
* Kingseat Hospital, Karaka, closed in July 1999. Many deaths
were recorded at the hospital and more than 100 apparitions have been reported
* Waikumete Cemetery was opened in 1886. In Murderers Grove, 19
executed killers were buried with nothing but a tree as a marker.
* Ewelme Cottage, Parnell, is a colonial dwelling built circa
1863. It was used as a location for The Piano.
* Highwic Cottage in Epsom is one of New Zealand's finest
timber Gothic houses. There have been sightings of a ghost in a bedroom.
* Kinder House, Parnell, was built in 1857 by the Rev John
Kinder. The house is reportedly haunted by a black, shadowy figure said to be
Kinder, or his brother.
Maori place great ceremony with death, a body is returned to the family as
soon as possible. The family are called on to a marae, a meeting house. Where
they move as one.
is part of the tangihanga (funeral), called· whakawatea wairua. It removes
sadness and clears the spirits -- whatever may have been left behind has to be
sent on. The kehua (ghosts) and spirits are called to go to those who have
Everything has to be exorcised by a tohunga (holy person) with spraying of
water and special karakia (prayer). If this is not done, the whanau (family)
will be troubled; it can cause a great deal of stress and unhappiness. The
spirits beyond the curtain of death may not be satisfied and might take someone
This has been known to happen.
The ceremony of the whakawatea wairua (personal cleansing) takes place, the
clearing of the house. The whanau enter the house, the tohunga first. After the
karanga from the doorway and a karanga in reply, the tohunga begins to takahi
(bless) the house, spraying water around wherever the departed sat or walked.
His/her clothes have already been buried with him. At the place where he died
the mourners really start to tangi (cry) in a loud wail.
The place of spiritual departure.
was searching for Ghost related sites, because of an experience that I had
I was in Auckland's mission bay on a late Friday night with my friends
and we were driving past a crossing and I noticed a small girl about 5
years old riding a tricycle on the side of the road I took a long look
at her and asked my friends if they saw her and they had not.
What was weird about it was that it was past midnight on a cold evening
and there was nobody to be seen on foot or in a car. We proceeded in
turning around and had a search of the area and find no evidence of the
little girl anywhere. At this stage I was a little confused and scared
but what really scares me was from talking to people around the area I
found out that a 6 year old girl on a tricycle was run over on the
crossing exactly where I had previously sited her 6 years ago.
Totara Park, Auckland
Noises in the forest
I got a location you can go to but I'll tell you what happened to me.
Me and four other mates went to camp for the night we got there around
about 9.30 at night and set up our camp . When I was about 11 me and my
scout group use to go swimming at this camp site and heard stories that
the place was haunted.
Well 12 years later I'm with my mates telling them about the story that
two young boys died there I don't know how because 12 years is a long
time ago I forgot.
Later on about 3.oclock in the morning I woke up, I was the only one
awake but I new to not move to much because I could sense something
watching me but I had to move because I had a sore tooth and to grab my
panadol pills. Before I got up I could hear a growling noise it sounded
like a choking noise it was a strong noise but I didn't take no notice
of it because it happened when my other mates were up but still it was a
weird sound it didn't sound like an animals growl.
When I went to grab my pills a whistling noise suddenly came out of
the forest it got louder and louder I don't think any one would of walk
through the forest just to scare us because it was that dark I couldn't
see my hand properly. Then after a minute later it started to die out
then it turned quite again. I was just lying there in shock keeping
still I didn't want to wake my friends up because if they freaked out I
would of to because it was a strange whistle. I told them when they woke
up I couldn't stop talking about it, but that was not the only
experience I had there.
Me and my friend James went to go get water from a tap that same
morning I was telling him about what I heard that night he was freaking
out to, as we were walking we came to deserted toilets but found no taps
I had a funny feeling that someone was watching us from in the toilets
as we walked away about 7 feet from the toilets the wall of the toilet
started to pound three times kind of a loud banging noise my mate James
turned to me in a freaked out look I looked at him as well in shock. I
tell u now if u wanna hear some strange noises go to Totara Park
Sent: Sunday, February 03, 2002 04:27 PM)
Park Road, Grafton, Auckland.
Auckland's oldest park. Green and expansive, with a Winter Garden and
Fernery, formal gardens, duck ponds, memorials and sculptures; also home of the
Auckland Memorial Museum.
On summer Sundays there are free open-air concerts. There is plenty of space (81
hectares) for a good walk.. There is a café in the ground floor of the museum
and a store selling refreshments by the duck pond. From the inner city it is
easy to get here on foot, by bus, car or taxi. There is parking in front of the
The Domain hosts a number of sculptures.
A self guided walking tour in the Domain taking in the sculptures is available
on request from the Information Desk in the Auckland Museum foyer.
Ghost At Fletcher Bay
This was about 8 or 9 years ago, Dad, my brother, 2 of my cousins,
my uncle and I were on our annual fishing weekend at Fletcher Bay at the
end of the Coromandel peninsula.
We had a campfire going, and us boys went for a wander down the beach
at night, while my uncle and dad stayed back at the campfire. The 4 of
us lay on the beach (which is all made of smooth pebbles) and looked at
the stars, when I got the feeling someone was coming and looked back
towards the camping ground, and saw a figure in the darkness, a
blue/black shape coming towards us about 30 metres away. I assumed it
was dad or my uncle, and said to the other guys that one of them was
coming, and they all saw him then we went back to our conversation and
After a moment or two, I realised I couldn't hear any footsteps, which
are usually quite loud on the pebbles- and turned to look and there was
no-one there. I said this to the others and we all freaked out and ran
back to the campfire. There was nowhere this guy could have gone- he
didn't come past us, was nowhere to be seen on our run back (it was a
clear night with a full moon), couldn't have jumped in the sea obviously,
and the beach is surrounded by massive, unclimable cliffs.
Over the years I wondered if I had made it all up, as I was about 10
or 11 at the time and my brother and cousins were about 13 or 14 Last
year, when the four of us were together again I reminded them of the
story. All of us remembered it, and were convinced we saw something.
Lion Rock Piha
I saw something which I can't explain I've never seen a ghost before so
I can't really say what I saw was a ghost. I know I saw something and it
wasn't human, nor can a human actually do what this "THING" was doing.
It was something a couple of my family members and 2 others saw 2yrs ago
on a boring Friday or Saturday night @ Piha Beach West of Auckland
appearing out of Lions Rock (a big rock shaped like a lion - hence the
name) None of us have heard of anything unusual happening or seen there
by any others. Does a ghost have bright piercing eyes? Can a ghost be
luminous? Can a ghost climb down a side of a rock fast like a spider?..
Greyghost have you heard of any sightings @ Lions Rock? or do you know
of anyone that has experienced anything @ Lions Rock? The only story we
know of about Lions Rock is that it is closed off to the public to climb
as there have been quite a few suicides and drowning of people that
jumped off Lions Rock several years back! Is what I saw coming out of
the rock the ghost of one' that have died? It would be great if you
could get back to me on anything that you know about LIONS ROCK! In the
next couple of weeks I am definitely going back @ night with a video
camera hoping I will see "IT" again.
Women finally appears
I don't know quite where to begin... I feel kinda weird writing this cos it
makes it all the more real... but I don't know what else to do now. My parents
bought a beach house in Pio shores a few years ago. The previous owner was my
uncle. The house was newly built when he bought it. No one has ever died in the
house. But someone is there. My cousins and I first got very odd feelings about
the downstairs of the house a couple of years ago. Nothing major happened but we
all just felt we weren't alone. Then one night one of my cousins saw a light in
one of the downstairs rooms. We investigated it but there is no possible way it
could have been a reflection or anything. The light had no light source.
Then months later me and a few others were asleep in the downstairs living
room. One of the guys woke up and went upstairs to get a drink. He heard the dog
barking. When he came downstairs he noticed the dog was looking into the house -
directly into the living room - he was going crazy getting louder and louder. My
friend went back upstairs and while up there he heard a womans voice tell the
dog to calm down, the woman even used the dogs name. My friend thought it was
me. But I was asleep. As was the only other female in the room. After this
strange incident nothing happened for a while. Then I went to the house with my
now ex boyfriend and the two of us were messing around doing tarot card
readings. While we were upstairs the tv turned on downstairs. I went down and
turned it off. Went back upstairs and heard it switch on again. This happened
several times. When I went down one time I was sure I saw a woman in her
40's-50's standing in the corner. She wasn't looking at me but she was looking
in my direction. I went upstairs again pretty quickly. The latest thing to have
happened is that I went to the house with my current boyfriend and another
couple. They slept downstairs in one of the bedrooms, we slept upstairs. I
hadn't told them anything about the 'ghost' as I don't want people thinking I'm
crazy. But the next morning the guy said his girlfriend had woken him up in the
night cos she was screaming in absolute terror. She insisted someone was by the
bed. Naturally he got my attention and when she came upstairs I asked her if it
was a woman. She said yes. I then described a woman and asked if that's what she
looked like. I knew I'd hit the mark when both her and him looked at me wide
eyed and pale faced. He didn't believe in ghosts beforehand, but after I
described the woman she'd seen he didn't know what to think - as she'd described
the exact same thing to him in the night and I hadn't spoken to her on my own
since then. It disturbs me a bit that this woman is appearing more and
more...these occurrences are becoming more real. It's no longer just noise...
Am I going crazy? I want to find out what happened on the land our house is
on. Because whoever this woman is, she's not happy.
(A cleansing was sent to Renata, I have not heard back from her)
I can only assume that it helped.
The Whistlestop Ghost
cafe, started life in the 1880's as a railway station at Waitakere,
where it sat just across the road from the cemetery. It was moved to
Glen Eden in 2002 where it has been restored and turned into a cafe.
Alec first appeared in the cafe a week after it opened at it's new
It is believed that the ghost is Alec MacFarlane a porter at the
station in 1924. Alec was tragically killed on the platform when a
hook on a passing train hit him on the head, decapitating him.
Children have commented to the proprietor of the cafe of seeing a
tall bearded figure wearing a grey trench coat standing outside on
the platform. Other staff have commented on seeing the tall dark
figure moving beside them or sensing him near them or just behind
them. No one is worried by the presence, he appears to be just
At one time, during the great flu pandemic bodies were kept in the
old station temporarily whilst awaiting burial at the nearby
Taniwha Stops Highway
Taniwha is a forest or water spirit or guardian.
In their role as guardians, taniwha were vigilant to ensure that the
people respected the restrictions imposed by tapu. They made certain
that any violations of tapu were punished. Taniwha were especially
dangerous to people from other tribes. There are many legends of
battles with taniwha, both on land and at sea. Often these conflicts
took place soon after the settlement of New Zealand, generally after
a taniwha had attacked and eaten a person from a tribe that it had
no connection with. Always, the humans manage to outwit and defeat
the taniwha. When Hotu-puku, a taniwha of the Rotorua district, was
finally killed, his stomach was cut open to reveal a number of
bodies of men, women, and children, whole and still undigested, as
well as various body parts. The taniwha had swallowed all that his
victims had been carrying, for his stomach also contained weapons of
various kinds, darts, greenstone ornaments, shark's teeth, flax
clothing, and an assortment of fur and feather cloaks of the highest
quality (Orbell 1998:149-150, Reed 1963:299).
Work on Waikato expressway halted as Ngati Ngaho claims taniwha
lurking; meeting being held with Transit
4 November 2002. IRN
20 December 2002
North Waikato hapu Ngati Naho has agreed with Transit New Zealand on
preserving the lair of a taniwha.
In November construction work on State Highway 1 was halted for a
week over concerns raised by the hapu who said it was encroaching on
the taniwha Karutahi's lair.
Yesterday Transit regional project manager Chris Allen said the
company would put in rock fill to preserve 90 per cent of the site.
The change adds $15,000-$20,000 to the project.
Road works stopped by the belief the home of a taniwha would be
disrupted are to restart after authorities and local Maori agreed on
a way of protecting the mythical creature's lair.
Transit New Zealand was forced to stop work in November on a
100-metre section of State Highway One (SH1) in the Waikato after
Ngati Naho, a tapu of the Tainui iwi, complained the new road went
straight over the swamp home of Karu Tahi, the one-eyed taniwha.
Ngati Naho believe Kahu Tahi's lair is a small area about 1km
south of the Meremere power station beside SH1, surrounded by a
grove of protected kahikatea trees, lush grass and raucous cicadas -
and right in the middle of the new Meremere expressway.
Transit regional project manager Chris Allen said a 30-metre rock
fill would be built next to the swamp "lair," creating a steeper
than originally planned embankment along the edge of the new
Had the embankment not been steepened, it would have occupied more
of the swampland believed to house the taniwha.
Drainage would also be redirected to ensure water is not
unnecessarily drained from the swampland, where Ngati Naho say the
taniwha lives for six months of the year. They say it has a second
home in the Waikato River.
Mr Allen said the change in plans, which would cost an extra
$15,000 to $20,000, allows the expressway to continue without any
impact on the four lanes or motorist safety.
No payments or compensation had been made to Ngati Naho.
"This solution may cost a little more but as a result was are able
to preserve a site which has both environmental and cultural value,"
said Mr Allen.
Ngati Naho spokesman Rima Herbert said he was pleased with the
outcome of the discussions which finished late last year.
"This is a significant cultural site for us and we have got Transit
to agree to a modification to their design, which preserves most of
Mr Allen said work would hopefully start on the Meremere site
sometime in the first half of this year.
Jay Laga'aia (AKEA Sen Const Tommy Tavita on Water Rats,
and smart lawyer in "Street Legal") was leading 10 high-school
students from Avondale College in West Auckland on a seven-hour bush
walk from their camp site in Tongariro National Park to a hut 548m
up Mt Ruapehu in 1992. When caught in driving rain and freezing
cold, they lost their bearings.
After six hours . . . says Jay, "I happened to look up to a ridge,
and I saw my father (who died in 1983) standing there. I blinked and
he was gone. He was a big Polynesian chief who wore a red lava lava,
Which is like a wraparound sarong. I climbed up on the ridge and
found a red tag off a backpacker's bag. And as I reached out to pick
it up, I looked over the edge and about 50m down was the hut. My
prayers were answered."
House in Onehunga
Hi Greyghost, my name is mark and here is my story...
My story began two years ago when my father bought his new house
in Onehunga, and there were about six wild cats living under and
around it. After a few months some of the cats got braver and
started to come inside when we left the door open, and a few months
after that, they were more or less our tame little pets. But then, a
stray, though looking well fed, wandered into our house, and would
not leave. Dad named him Art. It was only a few months later that my
loved Art took a glancing blow from a car to his head. I had not
seen it, but dad told me. It had not been enough to kill him
straight away, and he must have had minutes of agony before he
After someone passes away, and you keep thinking you
see them everywhere? Well that happened to me a lot, but one time, I
was sure I had seen Art. He was in the parking lot, across the road
and one house to the right. It was about 6:00, and I had just gone
out side and I saw Art. He was standing side on to me, and looking
like he was stalking something. I called to him, and his ears went
flat against his head, and he looked really scared. He took off, ran
to a fence about two meters away, but the fence was at an angle so I
could not see where he went. All this time Art had looked totally
solid. And this is where my story ends...
Sent: Saturday, December 13, 2003 7:04 AM
Just wanted to share our nights experience with you. We live in
Tirohia which is situated in-between Paeroa & Te Aroha. Four of us
went out hunting tonight for rabbits spotlighting on the back of our
ute. It had been a rather uneventful hunting trip only shooting
three rabbits until we decided to go up the local Quarry Which is on
a large hill. We were driving up. I was on the back of the ute with
our exchange student staying with us at the moment from America. We
had just driven up and around a large hole in the ground About 60
meters deep when something caught my eye a mist type object shot
from behind a large rock and went round the large man made hole
probably traveling over 100km/hr.
I thought I was just seeing things but our exchange student said
did you see that? We discussed it a little and then just discarded
it, but however we did speculate a little about the creepy nature of
the object and the fact that on top of the quarry are three Tapu
graves about 200meters away from where we were and to where the mist
like object was heading. I know that local Maori give these graves a
lot of respect as do we but some of the Maori employees of the
quarry over the years have refused to go near them. They were
recently fenced off to distinguish them from the rest of the paddock
as there are no headstones and all that is apparent is three rock
Anyway continuing with our story, we continued driving up the hill
to the back of the quarry which backs onto a few hundred acres
of native bush, now rumor has it that there are burial caves
situated within the bush somewhere although I've never actually
talked to anyone that has ever come across them, I was in the
middle of explaining this to our exchange student and shining
our light over the native bush when another very strong light
seemed to sweep over the trees and disappear. The light was
about as strong as a searchlight from a helicopter and was very
focused it was as if it was shining down on the trees from only
a couple of meters above them and swept an area of about
50meters before disappearing. We both froze and the exchange
student said 'shit what the hell was that' We discussed it for a
little longer with my brother and his friend who were in the
front cab at the time and didn't see it and we decided to call
it a night.
This is the first time I have ever experienced this light on the
hill but I've heard a lot about it from other residents in the area
some who have claimed to have watched it for several minutes and
have reported making a strange sound. I have heard many people
talking about it over the last ten years and most don't actually
know each other.
Please get back to me with your comments and anyone else that
knows anything about it.
John & Julie Bubb
Sent: Monday, October 06, 2003 8:31 PM
The Old house
It was a few years ago now, when I was a Nanny living in Auckland.
I was with a lovely mother and her son, the father was on business overseas. The
house we were renting was a beautiful old brick character home with a lot of
history. Apparently the house was build by George Courts, the man who owned the
George Courts chain of department stores, before what we know today as Farmers.
One peaceful afternoon in this house in Ellerslie, the mother
called me to give a second opinion with her son. He was having his
afternoon sleep and she was concerned at his breathing. She said it
was loud and raspy, (for a two year old that's not a good sign).
Anyway I layed down on the bed next to him to listen, and I couldn't
hear a thing coming from him: but what I did hear was the most spine
chilling sound I have ever heard. It was a very dry deep grating
breath that was getting louder the longer we sat in the room. Up
until this point I had never really believed in the spirit world,
but after this day, I have no doubt these exist.
The mother was crying at this point, and the room was getting
colder, I don't know why I did it, but I sat there and calmly, but
nervously said "whoever you are please don't hurt us" and with that
the breathing stopped and the room was warm again.
We moved out a week later.
Spooky House in Orakei, Auckland
One evening, me and a group of my friends were staying at my
friends house for a sleepover. We spent the evening watching
movies, then started talking about things and the conversation moved
to ghosts and things.
The friend whose house we were staying at mentioned this
abandoned house down the road from her, so we got some candles
together and decided to go check it out. We had to walk up a hill to
reach the house and once we stepped inside, we felt really, really
cold, which was strange because it was a warm, still summers
evening. We started looking around the house, it was really run
down-the doors had been ripped away, windows were broken and there
was an old dusty fireplace that had a dark stain in front of it on
the wooden floor. Suddenly, I had this feeling that I can only
describe as purely evil come near me and I went ice-cold. I asked the
other girls if they could feel the presence that I was feeling and
they all agreed.
As we decided to get out of there, all our candles went out. We
ran out of the house but felt like we were being chased. We ran as
fast as we could but all the way down the hill we could feel this
evil, dark presence coming after us, it was so scary. We were all very
freaked out! It was weird because whenever you walked past that
house, even on a sunny day, t was always in shadow and there were no
trees around it. The house has since been knocked down and a new
house has been built in its place-I wouldn't want to live there!
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