Spirits Bay (Piwhane)

e Karaka Bay (left) and the long coastline of Spirits Bay (right), viewed from its eastern end. Credit: williamsphotography.co.nz

The aptly named Spirits Bay, or Piwhane, is located at the most northern tip of New Zealand’s North Island. The isolated bay is 12 kilometers long and was named one of the top campers’ spots in New Zealand. Cultural Significance From Wikipedia: The bay is considered a sacred place in Māori culture as according to… Continue reading Spirits Bay (Piwhane)

Theatre Royal – Raetihi

Raetihi is a historic town in the central North Island of New Zealand. It is located 11 kilometres west of Ohakume. Founded in 1893, Raetihi originally relied on the Whanganui River for access. Nearly 15 years later, the town finally connected by road to Wanganui. The great fire of 1918 was a terrible setback to… Continue reading Theatre Royal – Raetihi

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

Jubilee Pavilion Shadow Person, Marton

This one I heard about on a trip down to Marton, near Whanganui on the west coast of the North Island. The Jubilee Pavilion is situated in the historically recognised community sporting arena of Marton Park. A historical trust registration marked the park as a place with aesthetic, architectural, historical, cultural and social significance. The… Continue reading Jubilee Pavilion Shadow Person, Marton

Waiouru Military Camp

Waiouru Military Camp

Waiouru Military Camp is a camp of the New Zealand Army in the central North Island near Waiouru. All New Zealand Army soldiers complete their initial basic training at Waiouru Military Camp. History In mid-1940, 800 construction workers from the Ministry of Works built the training camp with capacity for 7000 soldiers. Within six weeks… Continue reading Waiouru Military Camp

Cameron Blockhouse, Whanganui

The Cameron Blockhouse is a timber blockhouse in Wanganui, New Zealand, built during the New Zealand Wars in the mid-1800s. Farmer John Cameron built this blockhouse at Marangai in 1868 as a place of refuge for his family. Though war never actually reached this locality between Whanganui and Turakina, fears at the time were well-founded.… Continue reading Cameron Blockhouse, Whanganui

The New Zealand ‘UFO’ Wave of 1909 – By Tony Brunt

The New Zealand ‘UFO’ Wave of 1909 By Tony Brunt 1967 – Former convener of the Auckland University UFO Research Group (no longer in existence.) For a little over a month in the winter of 1909 hundreds of New Zealanders reported seeing “airships” of varying shapes and sizes moving about in the sky. Sighting reports… Continue reading The New Zealand ‘UFO’ Wave of 1909 – By Tony Brunt

Ngatea Mystery Circle – Terrestrial or Extraterrestrial?

From the original script by the late Harold H. Fulton It began quietly enough early in September 1969, but before two months were up, New Zealand’s biggest space scare had boomed to the greatest public UFO awareness on record in this far southern land’s experience. For a period commencing mid-September for the following four to… Continue reading Ngatea Mystery Circle – Terrestrial or Extraterrestrial?

Mangonui Public & Old Cemetery

Taipa-Mangonui is one name given to a string of small resort settlements in the far north of New Zealand’s North Auckland Peninsula, close to the base of the Aupouri Peninsula. The resorts of Taipa, Cable Bay, Coopers Beach, and Mangonui, all of which lie along the coast of Doubtless Bay, are so close together that… Continue reading Mangonui Public & Old Cemetery

Let’s not get in a “Flap” – Our 70’s UFO sightings

These flaps are periods of heightened UFO activity centered on certain areas and lasting over a period of many weeks. Flaps such as the Warminster sightings in the 1960s, to as recently as the Belgium flaps of 2001 and 2002 have all triggered interest in the UFO community. The Northern Hemisphere has had a fair… Continue reading Let’s not get in a “Flap” – Our 70’s UFO sightings

In the Beginning… A history of New Zealand’s UFO activity

Historically, most of the Northern Hemisphere holds the attention of many when it comes to paranormal activity, UFO’s, Cryptozoology and strange phenomena. What I hope to bring forth in these articles is the often not heard of Phenomena that is just as prevalent in the Southern Hemisphere. As an Independent UFO Investigator myself I will… Continue reading In the Beginning… A history of New Zealand’s UFO activity

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

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

Puhoi Cemetery

Puhoi was settled by Europeans in 1863 by a group of German-speaking migrants from Staab in Bohemia, now a province of the Czech Republic, under the leadership of Captain Martin Krippner. This is how it has come to be known as the “Bohemian Settlement”. Altogether three batches of migrants arrived between 1863 and 1866. Today… Continue reading Puhoi Cemetery

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

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

Tirau St / Puraruru Cemetery – Putaruru

South of Hamilton on State Highway 1, the town of Putaruru sits amid rolling farmland, surrounded by the vast Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park. A timber and farming town, Putaruru is known for its beautiful spring waters, which come from the Blue Spring on the Waihou River. Putaruru is a small town in the Waikato region… Continue reading Tirau St / Puraruru Cemetery – Putaruru

North a UFO hot spot [The Northern Advocate]

Have you seen any UFOs in Northland? The truth may be out and about in Northland with numerous reports of strange phenomena above the region – from curious lights, mysterious craft and even a possible alien landing, and video footage being sent overseas for expert analysis. Suzanne Hansen, network director for Ufocus NZ research, which… Continue reading North a UFO hot spot [The Northern Advocate]

Defence wants UFOs off its radar – The Dominion Post

THE POLICE? THEYVE GOT TO BE KIDDING!!! [BizarreNZ] Spotted a bird, a plane or a UFO lately? Then the New Zealand Defence Force doesn’t want to know about it. The most recent instalment of previously classified UFO files were made public yesterday – and within the documents, former chief of defence Jerry Mateparae makes it… Continue reading Defence wants UFOs off its radar – The Dominion Post

NZ sightings of spiral ‘UFO’? [stuff.co.nz]

By KATARINA FILIPE – The Timaru Herald The strange spiral that appeared over Norway. Timaruvians may soon get a chance to see the large, star-like object in the sky that has excited believers and astronomical experts around the world. The enormous spiral light with its glowing centre was seen over Norway on December 9. The… Continue reading NZ sightings of spiral ‘UFO’? [stuff.co.nz]