Haunted Hotel - tick! Sometimes you have the best stays in the most unexpected of places. We booked this little gem for one night but stayed for two. I decided to do a little research on it because of its age (to the right the original Victorian wing and to the left the Art Deco addition) and what came up ... well let's just say we added something to our bucket list that wasn't on there in the first place. It came up on good ol' Safari as New Zealand's most haunted hotel! To top it off the room we stayed in apparently was one noted to have the most paranormal activity!!! Did it stop us staying another night? Hell no! The spiritual realm must have been happy with us because we loved the place. Friendly staff, top notch food, old world charm and gorgeous views (misty mountain delights). I went photo crazy in here. I grew up in a house full of antiques and on land with views like this. I felt so at home. It didn't seem to put any other travellers off either as it was booked out. I must say a few photos from inside did surprise me with some light anomalies - but I guess that just adds to the adventure. I highly recommend a stay here if you visit the Waitamo Caves (interesting note, this hotel is built on top of some of the deepest caves in the area which are also said to be a sacred burial site for the Maori people). So many corridors and rooms to explore (and some we didn't venture down). This place is even bigger than this photo depicts and oh how grand it must have been in its hey day. Our room was totally renovated as were most of the rooms we popped our head into during cleaning time. The dining hall was stunning. You really need a visit just to take in the scope and grandeur of the 'Waitamo Caves Hotel'. I do have clearer photos but this one covered most of the front and I really wanted to show that - some more photos might come later.