Date: Saturday 19 April 2008
Time: 10.45 pm
Location: Hamilton, Nth Island
Features/characteristics: 6 bright lights in formation
Duration of sighting 15 minutes. Clear sky, no wind, moon & stars.
The witnesses observed 6 bright lights moving across the sky in formation, travelling in a NE direction, at an elevation of approx. 15 degrees above the horizon. They watched the lights until they faded from view in the distance. They observed the lights through binoculars and saw no indication of strobe or navigation lights that would indicate they were aircraft.
Ufocus NZ comment: possibly lanterns
Date: Saturday 19 April 2008
Time: 11.50 – 11.55 pm
Location: Hamilton, Nth Island
Features/characteristics: bright orange light crossing sky
Duration of sighting 5 minutes. Clear sky, moon and stars, no wind.
The witness observed a small bright orange light tracking from east to west, and at one point, traveling directly over the witness’s house. The witness initially thought it could be a flare set off by party-goers after the Hamilton V8 car races that day, however he quickly realized it was not a flare because of its steady, straight, horizontal flight path, and the fact that it continued on that path until it was too small to see in the distance. There was no sound associated with the sighting. The witness stated he was too awestruck by the sighting to think of fetching his camera.
Date: Wednesday 2 April 2008
Location: Melville, Hamilton, Nth Island
Features/characteristics: bright white orb with defined shape
Duration of sighting approx. 6-9 seconds. Stars, including the Southern Cross, were visible at the time, with clouds over the hills some 15 miles to the NE of Hamilton.
The observer first saw the light/object as it passed overhead the house. It was initially large, reducing in size as it tracked away from Melville, subsequently disappearing behind stratus-type clouds NE of Hamilton. The witness called her granddaughter who also witnessed the last 2-3 seconds of the sighting.
The light/object was described as a very bright white orb, with the light seeming to be contained within it (rather than radiating light). The edges were well-defined, with no exterior blurring/sparkling apparent. There was no sound from the object as it moved across the sky in what appeared to be a flat trajectory, at the speed of a very fast jet.
The witness was very familiar with cloud types, the night sky, space station and satellite sightings, as well as the lights associated with aircraft using Hamilton International Airport. ATC confirmed there were no aircraft in the area at the time.
Date: Tuesday 1 April 2008
Time: 9.50 pm
Location: Spray River, Blenheim, Sth Island
Features/characteristics: bright light illuminates entire valley
The sighting lasted approx. one hour. The night sky was clear.
The witness, a farmer on a remote farm, was at the Waihopai and Spray River conjunction. He observed a strange light up over the Spray River Gully towards the head of a valley. Knowing that the light was not typical of a spotlight, the witness decided to get closer to try to find out what it was, and traveled some 5 kms further up the 20 km farm track until he could go no closer by vehicle. He climbed to a vantage point to get a better view.
The light was approx. a further 5 kms up the valley. The farmer observed an area of light that he estimated to be approximately one kilometer wide. A light was shining downwards into the valley, lighting it up with bright flashes of light that he described as being like “stars and light”. These flashing lights lit up the entire valley. The farmer sat and watched for 15 minutes. Because of the strangeness of the light, the farmer decided against going any closer. He commented that it was strange that once he had made the decision not to pursue the light any further up the valley, the light stopped flashing. He waited for a further 15 minutes, but the light did not resume. There was no sound associated with the sighting or the light.
The farmer’s wife and neighbours have had similar sightings on 3 separate occasions in February this year:
- One of these sightings was witnessed by their 31 year old daughter who was extremely frightened by the event.
- One of their neighbours has a courier run in the area, and was driving down the valley at 4 am when he was momentarily ‘blinded’ by a brilliant light. He assumed it was a flash of lightning, until he heard the similar experiences of other residents.
- Two days later the farmer’s wife was sitting outside with a friend when they saw the same flashing as described above, lighting up the sky, again up the Spray River. The bright lights in the sky continued flashing for a good two hours. This occurred two nights in a row.
- A woman in the valley opened her curtains and watched the flashing lights until falling asleep. There was no noise associated with these lights.
- On another occasion during the day, the husband heard an extremely loud noise – like a boom or blast – coming from up the Spray River. The dogs with him barked furiously, but there was nothing to be seen.
- Two members of this family experienced a close encounter with a UFO in the valley in 2005 (see 2005 sightings).
Ufocus NZ comment: The witnesses live a 30 minute drive from the Waihopai spy base for electronic surveillance and communications. Could these strange occurrences be associated with the spy base, or with UFO activity, or with both?
Base Position: New Zealand, Marlborough, Blenheim
Longitude: 173 degrees 44’ 20”
Latitude: 41 degrees 34’ 35”
Date: Sunday 16 March 2008
Time: 7.50 pm
Location: Chartwell, Hamilton, Nth Island
Features/characteristics: spherical yellow light
Sighting duration approx. 30 seconds. Clear sky, a few stars, no wind.
The observers saw a circular or spherical yellow light in the evening sky. It became visible from beyond the eaves of their house traveling in a straight horizontal line from west to east. They estimated the light to be at an altitude of approx 500 ft, and about 100 metres from the observers. The object/light made no sound, although the observers could hear the sound of a small aeroplane in the sky to the far west of the light. The yellow light was traveling a little faster than a small plane would at that height. The intensity of the light remained constant (no flashing lights) as it moved from right to left in their field of vision, before it was lost from sight behind trees.
Date: Friday 14 March 2008
Time: 5.45 am
Location: Stratford, Nth Island
Features/characteristics: small bright orb emits powerful light
Duration of sighting approx 5 – 8 seconds. Slightly foggy early morning conditions; dark, no wind.
A farmer was walking out of a farm building early in the morning and was heading to the main house. It was pitch black, but suddenly it became very light. She looked behind her expecting to see the moon with clouds crossing in front of it however there was no moon visible in the sky. Instead she saw a very bright airborne light/object some 40 yards away from her, and some 30 feet off the ground above the implement shed. The light was roughly the size of a basketball or beach-ball and was emitting a powerful light that blinked on and off and had “a real pulse to it.” The central light/object itself was extremely bright but blurred around the circumference, and emanated a bright glow over the farm buildings.
As soon as the farmer became aware of it, the light rapidly ascended a short distance, “shot to the left, zig-zagged as it moved towards a paddock, shot to the right, moved quickly back to its original position, then shot upwards and disappeared.”
When interviewed, the farmer described herself as a practical down-to-earth person. She described how she did not initially feel any fear, thinking that the light was the moon, however she noted that as soon as she became aware of the strange light, it rapidly moved from a hovering position to a sequence of rapid and erratic movements before ‘disappearing’. She stated that she felt as if the light/object was ‘intelligent’ and seemed to be ‘observing’ her and the farm buildings.
The witness stated that the farm is situated at the end of a remote valley and is close to the Waitara River. Other farmers in the area have also witnessed strange lights hovering and moving over the nearby hills. One evening at around 5.30 pm, the witness and her husband saw a strange array of lights over the hills. A central white light was surrounded by a flashing, moving, flickering pattern of white light in the sky. She described it as similar to the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) in appearance. They observed this array for 5 or 6 seconds before it suddenly “switched off’.”
Date: Tuesday 19 February
Time: 10 – 10.30 pm
Location: New Lynn, Waitakere, Auckland, North Island
Features/characteristics: light changes direction instantly
Duration of sighting approx. 2 minutes. A clear calm evening with a few stars.
Two witnesses were standing on their decking when they observed a distant light that just seemed to “appear from nowhere” in the south west sky heading east. As it moved closer they could see that there was a small light on top that was roughly half the size of a larger light below it. They presumed it was a plane. As it came closer still they noticed there were no flashing lights. It suddenly changed direction to the south east “as no plane would” – instantly. It then hovered and the lights appeared to be rotating, and their brightness increased, before it moved sharply upwards at a 45 degree angle at high speed. The witnesses saw the lights change colour as the object reached a high altitude changing from the original bright white, to yellow, orange and red as it vanished.
The witnesses stated they felt “chills” as they observed the lights suddenly and unexpectedly change direction with sharp and sudden movements.
Date: Sunday 28 January 2008
Time: 6.30 – 7.30 pm
Location: Tramway Rd, Invercargill, Sth Island
Features/characteristics: dark stationary object
Mainly clear sky with a few clouds. Duration of sighting one hour, on and off.
A family of four observed a large dark stationary object in the early evening sky. They could not ascertain the distance of the object, but reported that it was visible in the distance beyond treetop height, and remained hovering for an hour. The witnesses stated that they were left in a state of awe when the object suddenly shot straight upwards into the sky at speed and disappeared high in the atmosphere.
Date: Saturday 27 January 2008
Time: Approx. between 11 to 11.15 pm
Location: Mt Eden, Auckland, Nth Island
Features/characteristics: dark silent metallic object
Two witnesses were driving on Dominion Rd, Mt Eden, Auckland going towards the CBD. They observed an airborne fast-moving object coming from the direction of Mt Eden towards Landscape Rd which they assumed was a police helicopter, as they had observed police cars in the area.
When the witnesses turned right into Landscape Rd they felt that the object was not a helicopter, but was in fact something big and unusual – totally different from a helicopter or plane. It was now stationary behind treetops, and the witnesses could clearly see a lot of lights on the underneath of the object. They described the object as very big – twice the size of a standard helicopter. They described its shape as elongated or round/oval. The object remained stationary for a few seconds and then smoothly started to glide away. The streets were mainly empty at the time, but the witnesses noticed two pedestrians who had stopped and were also staring at the object in silence. The witnesses tried to follow the object, but soon lost sight of it. They called the 111 emergency call centre to see if anyone else had reported seeing the object, and were advised to ring police for clarification. The witnesses were reluctant to do this for fear of ridicule.
The object was silent. The witnesses commented that the streets became unusually quiet just before the sighting – traffic flow dropped off and became quiet – and they felt as if “time had stopped for a while”. Both witnesses are adamant that they will remember this incident for a long time to come.
Date: Friday 26 January 2008
Time: 4.05 pm
Location: Rotorua, North Island
Features/characteristics: group of bright white lights move in formation
The sky was almost cloudless and blue apart from the very high hazy clouds. No other aircraft or objects were in sight in the sky; wind east to west.
The witnesses (husband and wife) stated that they were enjoying a hot spring bath outside their Rotorua motel. Leaning back, the husband caught sight of a very bright light, like a large bright star, that looked at first like a passing aeroplane with no vapour trail, moving from right to left, high in the sky from the north east. He pointed it out to his wife who commented that there was one behind it too. They observed both bright lights moving from the 2 o’clock position through to the 1 o’clock position, where the leading object came to a stop. The object at the rear caught up with the first object, then climbed and overtook it. The overtaking manoeuvre included executing a turn: as the two lights became level (one higher than the other) with each other, the lower one moved towards the upper one by executing a 90 degree turn before continuing flight.
The first object remained stationary for some 2-3 minutes. At this point, the observers saw 4 to 6 more bright lights traveling in the same direction, all without any sign of vapour trails. They were in a group, and moved around towards and away from each other erratically. The objects were as bright as a star and were moving in almost level flight as compared to some adjacent power lines. The objects were small in size to the extent that they disappeared behind the power lines then reappeared as they moved across the sky.
The husband ran to his room to fetch his binoculars. On his return, the lights could be seen high in the sky out in front of the observers. Some had disappeared by now into the high hazy cloud. Two were left. By now 10 to 15 minutes had passed with the lights moving about in the sky. The last remaining light gradually faded from view as it rose high into the atmosphere. All the lights had gained height and disappeared into the high cirrus-type cloud.
Date: Thursday 25 January 2008
Time: Between 10 & 10.15 pm
Location: Oxford, North Canterbury, South Island
Features/characteristics: large anomalous light
The sighting lasted a few seconds, but the observers watched the sky for a further 5 minutes or so. It was dusk, not completely dark.
Two witnesses were outside in the evening air when they saw a large bright white light traveling at speed in a horizontal line from SE to NW between a tree-line and the nearby mountain range. At first they thought it was a plane, but realized the speed of the light was far in excess of a conventional aircraft, and there was no sound. It was lost from view into thin cloud near the mountains. The observers continued to watch the sky for a further five minutes or so expecting to see it emerge from the clouds again, but it did not. They considered the event to be highly unusual. There were a few stars starting to appear in the sky, but the observers stated that they were “nowhere near” the size or brightness of the anomalous light
Date: Monday 22 January 2008
Time: 10 – 10.15 pm
Location: The Ureweras, Nth Island
Features/characteristics: light moves erratically
Duration of sighting approx. 2-3 minutes; a very clear still night with stars and moon visible.
Two witnesses observed a very bright white light about the size of a 1-2 cent piece. The light was relatively close and large in the sky at first, but became smaller as it traveled into the distance. They described that the light was traveling fast in a generally SE to NW direction, but that it zig-zagged erratically in the sky as it progressed, and this attracted their attention. They stopped their ute and captured the last 60 seconds of flight on a digital camera, however they felt that the quality of the film and the movement evident in the last 60 seconds was not a good representation of the whole event that they witnessed. The object was lost from sight beyond as it traveled beyond tree-lined hills.
Date: Sunday 21 January 2008
Time: 12.03 am
Location: Hamilton, North Island
Features/characteristics: large white light below cloud level
The sighting lasted approx. 10 seconds. The sky was mostly clear with high cloud to the west. The moon was to the north of the observer.
The witness was out on the decking when he observed a large ball of white light which seemed to have some dark areas. It was traveling rapidly south to north high above trees, and was seen to pass in front of a cloud. It was lost from view beyond treetops.
The observer commented that he shivered as he watched it, as the sight was so unusual, and there was no sound at all.
Date: Friday 19 January 2008
Time: 9.02 – 9.04 pm
Location: Central Auckland, North Island
Features/characteristics: dark object with flaming glow
Duration of sighting 2 minutes. Some cloud cover; no wind. Multiple witnesses.
Drawing of light / object by witness
The witness and 3 friends were sitting outside talking at a home in Grey Lynn, when their conversation was interrupted by the sudden appearance of a very bright light dropping through the cloud cover over the Auckland CBD at about 4000 feet. They stated it was, “…. flaming in appearance, like a blow torch, and large with a dark, barely visible roundish silhouette shape just in front.”
The light then proceeded north-westward on a horizontal path, below the cumulus cloud base moving at a speed comparable to an airliner. There were no other visible conventional aircraft lights (strobing, flashing) on the object and no sound from a distance. Its speed and direction remained constant heading northwest on a 15 degree angle towards west Auckland. It ascended high over the Waitakere Ranges and quickly disappeared. The reporting witness contacted the Auckland International Airport control tower, and was told that nothing unusual had been reported or sighted on radar. No aircraft were departing at that time.
Date: Thursday 17 January 2008
Time: Approx 5 pm
Location: Lake Taupo, Central North Island
Features/characteristics: delta-shaped object
A family was boating on Lake Taupo near the ‘white cliffs’. It was a bright sunny day and the sky was totally clear with excellent visibility with almost zero wind. None of the witnesses saw or heard any aircraft or airborne objects in the sky during the time that they were out on the lake.