The object was a dark triangular shape with yellow lights under each of the three points, and trailing a short whitish misty glow. It was travelling at a lower altitude than that of the light aircraft the witness is familiar with watching, on training circuits from the airport. The witness stated it was moving faster than the usual plane traffic she can see from her house, but noted there was a curious slight wobble to its movement, not flying smoothly.
The witness estimated the object was approximately 1 km away (however distance and altitude is difficult to ascertain in the night sky). There was no sound from the object.
The witness lost sight of the object as it disappeared beyond a rise behind her house, heading in the direction of the Port Hills.
Date: Sunday 6 March
Time: approx 12.30 am
Location: The Lakes, Tauranga, North Island
Features/characteristics: bright green-yellow light/shaped object descending
Clear weather conditions. Duration of sighting 10 seconds.
The witness was in an upstairs room when it suddenly became illuminated with a green glow. Looking out the window to the south, she saw a large exceptionally brilliant green-yellow light descending fast and low from a south-to-north direction, and lighting up the sky and surrounding area.
As the light descended closer, the witness at first thought it was a large round light, but then saw that it had a distinct shape, flat on the bottom and curved or domed on top. The shape seemed to be “lit from within”, or glowing.
The light descended at speed directly towards the Lakes residential area, before suddenly changing direction at speed and descending almost vertically (slight angle) in a peculiar and rapid manner. The witness described how this rapid change of direction occurred in one swift movement, without the light slowing. The witness lost sight of it as it descended below roof-top level, possibly into a restricted access area of rural land beyond the housing area.
The next day the witness attempted to find the place the light had descended into, however this area of land is closed off to the public as heavy earthworks are taking place. The area has lakes and valleys.
Window from where object was seen, as illustrated above.
The witness sat at the window with binoculars for around an hour afterwards, in the hope she might see the object ascend and leave, however she saw nothing further.
There was no sonic boom.
Date: Sunday 6 March 2016
Time: 8.12 pm
Location: North Shore, Auckland, North Island
Features/characteristics: large airborne boomerang-shaped object
Conditions cloudy. Duration of sighting approximately 30 seconds.
The witness was driving up Tristram Avenue, on the North Shore of Auckland, towards Forrest Hill Road when he saw an airborne object which he thought was a bird. However, he then estimated that the object was out over the Hauraki Gulf in the vicinity of Rangitoto Island. The Island had cloud around it and the object came out of the cloud. It was shaped like a large grey boomerang. The witness viewed it while parked at traffic lights. It circled and re-entered the cloud and he did not see it again.
Date: Friday 26 February 2016
Time: 4.35 am
Location: Katikati, BOP, North Island
Features/characteristics: airborne object surrounded by red strobing light
Clear, starry sky with perfect visibility. No cloud or wind. Duration of sighting several seconds.
The witness was up in the early hours of the morning and felt an urge to go outside the house. Venus was visible and the witness was admiring the bright planet when an airborne object appeared, moving quickly in a straight line from east to west over the Katikati town-ship. At that relatively close distance it seemed to be the size of a helicopter body, but with an extension at the back looking almost like a fiery tail. The whole object was surrounded by a strobing red glow/light which made it difficult to identify the actual shape. It passed at speed, heading towards Tauranga and the Kaimai Range, and was lost from view when obscured by a large oak tree.
The witness stated it was unusual that she felt an absolute urge to go outside just seconds before the sighting
Date: Sunday 18 January 2015
Time: approx. 10.45 – 11.00 pm
Location: Longwood Forest, Southland, South Island
Features/characteristics: airborne bright light
Conditions clear sky. Gusty nor-easter. Duration of sighting approximately 2 minutes.
The witness and a family member were out on an evening hunt, and approximately 10 minutes away from their vehicle. The witness remarked how clear the sky was after some foul weather earlier in the afternoon, when he noticed a bright light moving across the sky which passed at a rapid pace. The flight path was not a perfect arc, but fluctuating. The light suddenly stopped dead, reversed direction, made a sudden, erratic course change to the north, then slowly continued on roughly the same flight path.
At that time, the witness and his family member continued walking along the forestry track and the light was obscured momentarily by pine trees. Visual contact was lost for no more than 10-15 seconds at the most, and when their view was clear again the light had gone. Clear sky was visible in all directions and it would have been impossible for any standard/known aircraft to perform such acceleration.
No sound was noticed and the object was upwind from their location during the sighting. No conventional navigation lights were observed.
No lights were in use by the hunters at the time, and their eyes had fully adjusted to the night light conditions.
Date: Sunday 3 January 2016
Time: 10.00 pm
Location: Waihi Road, Tauranga, Nth Island
Features/characteristics: black delta-shaped object
Conditions overcast, calm with no wind and patchy cloud. Duration of sighting five seconds.
The witness was outside talking to a neighbour when he looked up and saw a silhouette emerging from over the roof. The object was black, delta-shaped and very large, travelling from the direction of Tauranga City towards the Kaimai Range and Te Aroha.
It was gliding quietly at a height of 500 metres and as it passed the witness could hear a pulsating noise similar to a spin dryer as the object went into cloud. The noise increased, then went quiet, but before the noise stopped the cloud flashed green.
The witness lives on a flight path to Tauranga Airport and checked the Flight Awareness website which confirmed there were no planes around Tauranga at that time.
Date: Sunday 3 January 2016
Location: Mokoroa Valley, Waitakere Ranges, North Island
Features/characteristics: delta-shaped object
Overcast sky, no wind. Duration of sighting 2 minutes.
The witnesses, both farmers, observed two orange lights flying up the Mokoroa Valley over their farm and towards their house. The lights were approximately 200 m apart and initially around 150-200 m above ground level. Their house is nestled under a ridge and they have a clear view across to the Muriwai ridge.
As the lights approached their house, one of the lights went out and silhouetted against the sky the witnesses were able to see a delta-shaped object that passed silently over their house at an even speed of approximately 50 km/h, and on a straight NW to E trajectory. There was no air disturbance or wind force. The witnesses considered this an eerie experience as New Zealand air force aircraft regularly fly over their house heading towards Whenuapai Air Base, and these aircraft usually make a lot of noise, however these objects were completely silent (the witnesses did not actually see the second object, only its light). The object was lost from view as it flew over the treetops and ridge behind their house. The witness described it as being “like a giant bat”.
The second light flew the same course, but around 200 m to the south heading in the same direction, with its orange light still visible.
Ufocus NZ comment: see similar reports in December on our 2015 Sightings page.
We are awaiting a sketch of the object from the witnesses.
Note: the US C17 Globemaster aircraft involved in military exercises, seen flying around NZ, left our country in November 2015.
Date: Friday 1 January 2016
Time: 12.10 – 12.15 am
Location: Papakura, Auckland, North Island
Features/characteristics: orange lights
Patches of light cloud, gentle breeze. Duration of sighting approximately 30 seconds.
Four witnesses were outside celebrating New Year when they saw an intense and usual red light approaching from the east. Four lights arranged in a chevron formation flew directly overhead in a westerly direction traveling at a fast pace without any accompanying noise. The witness described the lights as traveling at “incredible speed”. The lights then just disappeared from sight.
30 seconds later, another light flew over the observers heads traveling faster than the others. A sixth light approached much slower from the same direction, with a smaller red light behind it. The two lights were secured by a tree and did not re-emerge from behind it. The lights did not flicker in any way, traveled on a straight trajectory, and did not deviate in speed or direction.
Ufocus NZ comment: given that this sighting occurred immediately after New Year, it is logical to suggest these lights were sky lanterns released from a New Year celebration. Having said this though, we have also received sightings of two delta-shaped objects with orange lights underneath that have been seen in various parts of the country, and which make no sound. However these witnesses did not actually report seeing an object, just lights moving at different speeds on air currents, and seeming to disappear. This description is consistent with sky lanterns burning out. We note the witnesses were adamant that they were seeing two craft. They were not able to ascertain altitude or distance at night, without visible reference points.