New Zealand Cryptids

Taniwha Illustration

Articles and research written exclusively by the Haunted Auckland team and our international researchers covering strange and out-of-place creatures reported to dwelling in the forests, lakes and seas of New Zealand. A “cryptid” is an animal whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated. These are our uniquely New Zealand Cryptids:

The Cryptid in the Sky
The Dunedin Dog boy
Hatupatu and the Birdwoman
Taniwha Art
The Goatman
Full Little Bush Moa skeleton at Dunedin Airport
Patupaiarehe
Moa and Various Skeletal displays at the Auckland War Museum
Manaia (mythological creature)
The Zuiyo-maru carcass
New Zealand Globster
Big Bird's Last Stand
The Laughing Owl
New Zealand South Island Panther
New Zealand Moose
Kumi Lizard - NZ's Giant Enigmatic Lizards
Kawekaweau - Giant New Zealand Gecko
Waitoreke - Giant Otter
The Taniwha
The Moa
Giant Moa wasn't so robust
Moehau Man - New Zealand's Bigfoot
Otter Sightings In Southland
Elusive 'panther' may be on the move
The Possiblity of Mosasaurs breeding off the New Zealand Coast.
Distortions of time
Friends and family farewell moa seeing mountaineer
Paddy Freaney, Moa Man, is dead
Scientists find 'supergiant' from the deep [Stuff.co.nz]
Big Feet Musing
Alien Big Cats in New Zealand
Dinosaur footprints in South Island revealed
Maori legend of man-eating bird is true
Where have all the cryptids gone?
Hunting mythical creatures
Death of a legend: NZ's Moehau