Brunner Mine Site – West Coast, South Island

Location Brunner Mine was a coalmine on the banks of the Grey River in an area known as Coal Gorge which is between the towns of Taylorsville and Stillwater and is an 11 km drive from Greymouth. Coal was discovered on the West Coast by Nelson surveyor Thomas Brunner while searching for land suitable for agriculture.… Continue reading Brunner Mine Site – West Coast, South Island

The Trout Hotel – Canvastown

History Canvastown,  the home of the Trout Hotel, is 50 kilometres west of Blenheim, is a locality at the point where the Wakamarina River joins the Pelorus River, in Marlborough. Named after all the miner’s thick canvas tents that were set up all over the land, the town was founded in 1864, after gold was… Continue reading The Trout Hotel – Canvastown

Mc Nichol Homestead – Clevedon

European settlers, Duncan and Maureen McNicol came to New Zealand in 1853 from the Isle of Arran off the west coast of Scotland after an unsuccessful foray to the Australian gold fields. An historic homestead set in attractive grounds and overlooking the Clevedon Valley, this grand home, on the corner of the Clevedon-Kawakawa Road and… Continue reading Mc Nichol Homestead – Clevedon

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

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

Riccarton Racecourse Hotel – Christchurch

The Riccarton Racecourse Hotel is considered to be one of the most haunted places in New Zealand. It is said that the ghost of former licensee Donald Fraser walks the corridors of the hotel looking for his killer. In 1933, Fraser was murdered in the dead of night in his bedroom, where his wife was… Continue reading Riccarton Racecourse Hotel – Christchurch


The thylacine ( THY-lə-seen,  or Thylacinus cynocephalus, Greek for “dog-headed pouched one”) was the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times. It is commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger (because of its striped back) or the Tasmanian wolf. Native to continental Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea, it is thought to have become extinct in the 20th… Continue reading Thylacine

West Coast gets UFO fever

Reported in NZHerald – 8th August 2013. UFOs are the talk of the West Coast after reports of one man’s ‘close encounter’ at Rutherglen on Tuesday night. Although no other witnesses have come forward about the sighting; in which Matthew Robert Haisty claims to have come across a UFO parked on the road right outside… Continue reading West Coast gets UFO fever

UFO sighting leaves West Coast man ‘bug eyed’

Reported in NZHerald – 7 August 2013 A West Coast man is ‘freaked out’ after coming face to face last night with what he claims was a UFO, parked on the road outside the entrance to Shantytown. Matthew Robert, a mechanic from Rutherglen, insists he is not alone and that three other cars were also… Continue reading UFO sighting leaves West Coast man ‘bug eyed’

Alcatraz – San Francisco Bay, California

Alcatraz is a small island (of about 9 hectares) located in San Francisco Bay about 2.4kms from San Francisco, California. The island was originally developed with facilities for a lighthouse but was a prison from 1933 – 1963.   Alcatraz Penitentiary was designed not for reforming prisoners, but for punishment and housed prisoners who had caused… Continue reading Alcatraz – San Francisco Bay, California