Just south of Auckland in the grounds of an abandoned mental hospital is a haunted theme house. It all began when Beth Watson started Amazing Maze 'n' Maize Tours, a spooky experience in a crop of maize. The idea was popular and Spookers has certainly captured the imagination. In winter, up to 500 people go along to be frightened out of their wits and in summer, 1200 visitors a night.
There are three attractions. The former nurses' quarters have been transformed into the haunted house, which has 28 themed rooms such as the Autopsy Room and Butcher's Room. Actors jump out when you least expect it scary stuff!
The second attraction is the Freaky Forest, a shingled walkway through dense forest filled with props and actors. That's where you'll find yourself running from characters such as Chucky and Freddy Kruger.
The latest is a 3-D maze. It is made up of walls of graffiti and when you wear special glasses, the paint seems to come out of the walls and you have to work your way around, figuring out what is real and what isn't.
If anyone becomes too spooked, they throw their hands up and say "stop". The actor will then reveal himself and lead the visitor out of the forest or haunted house.
Little Spookers is a lights-on, spook-free attraction for children. Visitors to other attractions must be over 16 years of age and ID is required before entry is granted.
Auckland, on New Zealand's north island.
Spookers Haunted House tours are $15 per person.
Air New Zealand has one-way flights to Auckland.
One-way fare from;
- Sydney, $331
- Melbourne, $336
- Brisbane, $338
- Adelaide, $434
- Cairns, $443
- Perth, $549
Prices quoted are correct on October 12, 2006.
833 Kingseat Road
Ph: 64 9 291 9002
Fax: 64 9 291 9008
Air New Zealand
Ph: 132 476