The Cryptid in the Sky

  On several occasions while walking and driving through thick native and isolated bush around New Zealand, my partner (Kel) and I have encountered a massive bird or bat like creature, swoop down and fly off very quickly. The first encounter was in an isolated reserve on the North Shore around 10pm. Kel, our friend… Continue reading The Cryptid in the Sky

The Dunedin Dog boy

If you ever find yourself around the Halfway Bush area of Dunedin, you might just be unfortunate enough to stumble across a short but menacing, upright standing dog creature; with ”glowing animal eyes”, scurrying and making a hissing sound through the bush and watching passers by. The Dunedin Dog Boy has been known to leap… Continue reading The Dunedin Dog boy

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

Taniwha Art

As a researcher of Cryptids (mysterious and elusive animals that avoid study), I am fascinated by all rare creatures, be they considered folkloric or flesh and blood. I’m especially interested in lake and sea based cryptids. The Taniwha, are mythical creatures that sit firmly in Maori culture and tradition. They are highly respected protective guardians… Continue reading Taniwha Art

The Goatman

There are stories that travel far back into Māori folklore, and forward to quite recently, of a mysterious entity, half man half goat, that has been encountered on lonely roads and outside of smaller towns all around the country. Most people refer to the creature by a simple, straightforward name, Goatman, sometimes Hoofman. Who or… Continue reading The Goatman

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

The Zuiyo-maru carcass

The Zuiyo-maru carcass is a creature caught by the Japanese fishing trawler Zuiyō Maru off the coast of New Zealand in 1977. The carcass’s peculiar appearance led to speculation that it might be the remains of a sea serpent or prehistoric plesiosaur. Although several scientists insisted it was “not a fish, whale, or any other… Continue reading The Zuiyo-maru carcass

Big Bird’s Last Stand

Cryptozoology can be separated into three classifications: Out of place animals – Alien Big Cats in Britain for example. Previously unknown species – for example Bigfoot and the Mongolian Death Worm. Paleocryptids – those species that once existed but though extinct still make appearances and leave evidence of their continued existence. Creatures like the Tasmanian… Continue reading Big Bird’s Last Stand

The Laughing Owl

Once the maniacal laugh like call of this bird rang through the night forests, then in just 40 years this call was heard no more. However, reports persist… The Laughing Owl was a moderate sized Owl 14 – 15” in height and with a wingspan of 10.4”. It had reddish brown plumage streaked with darker… Continue reading The Laughing Owl

New Zealand South Island Panther

Does a group of Large Mysterious Cats roam the wilds of Canterbury? A relatively unknown New Zealand cryptid is the South Island Panther. Sightings of these cats are confined mainly to the Canterbury area and have led to the suspicion that the animal or animals are escapees from a private collection. Sightings began in 1996… Continue reading New Zealand South Island Panther

New Zealand Moose

Moose – Alces alces andersoni, were imported from Saskatchewan Canada, into the South Island by the New Zealand Acclimatisation Society as a sporting animal along with red deer in the early 20th century. These animals supposedly failed to establish, and yet sightings persisted and evidence of their continued presence continued. The initial introduction occurred in… Continue reading New Zealand Moose

Kumi Lizard – NZ’s Giant Enigmatic Lizards

There are 90 species of lizards currently known in New Zealand. Most are not of any impressionable size and yet from Captain Cook’s first arrival in New Zealand, strange tales of large lizards have been passed down to fairly recent times. One of these lizards, the Kumi lizard, was apparently of impressive size. When Cook… Continue reading Kumi Lizard – NZ’s Giant Enigmatic Lizards

Kawekaweau – Giant New Zealand Gecko

In 1986 in the basement of the Marseille Museum of Natural History a primitive type specimen of a large gecko was found stuffed, unlabeled, lacking any record of its collection date or its point of origin and judging from the specimen must have been there for over a century. Once examination of this specimen was… Continue reading Kawekaweau – Giant New Zealand Gecko

Waitoreke – Giant Otter

Tales of strange Otter-like creatures have come from the South Island of New Zealand and persist to the present day. What is this strange creature? Is it an undiscovered remnant mammalian species or a stranded and forgotten link to New Zealand’s past. New Zealand is believed to have had no mammals when it separated from Gondwana, apart… Continue reading Waitoreke – Giant Otter

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

The Moa

Moa were large, flightless birds that lived in New Zealand until about 500 years ago. There were 10 species of these extinct birds. They belong to the ratite group of birds, in the order Dinornithiformes, which also includes ostriches, emus and kiwi. Moa were hunted to extinction by Māori, who found them easy targets. Their… Continue reading The Moa

Giant Moa wasn’t so robust

As reported in the NZHerald – 22nd December 2013 The South Island Giant Moa wasn’t quite as hefty as we had thought. A new study has found its bones were more slender than first believed, which has resulted in a recalculation of the birds’ size. Instead of studying just the birds’ leg bones to determine… Continue reading Giant Moa wasn’t so robust

Moehau Man – New Zealand’s Bigfoot

The Moehau Man There are legends and stories of huge bushmen that abound around the world. In North America there is the Sasquatch or Big Foot, Asia has the Yeti, and Australia the Yowie. And while they are geographically separated, in some case by vast distances and oceans, their descriptions are always somewhat similar. New… Continue reading Moehau Man – New Zealand’s Bigfoot

Otter Sightings In Southland

As reported in: Stuff.co.nz – 15 November 2013. “It was about 12 inches long and needed a shave.” That is how Betty Hawkes described the cream-coloured whiskery animal that swam up and put its front feet on the bank when she was fishing under the old Clifden Bridge in 1956. Did Hawkes spot an otter? Invercargill-based… Continue reading Otter Sightings In Southland

Elusive ‘panther’ may be on the move

As reported in: NZHerald – 22 October 2013. Mid-Canterbury’s elusive black panther may have moved south. Last week a delivery driver spotted what he described as a large cat-like animal feeding on road kill just outside the Fairlie township in the early hours of the morning. The description was remarkably similar to reports in a number… Continue reading Elusive ‘panther’ may be on the move