UFO Sighting Report - New Zealand
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May 21st 2006 : Rimutaka Ranges, Wairarapa, North Island
Report taken from the AUFORN Mailing List
Date: Sunday 21 May 2006
Time: 5-6.30 am
Place: Rimutaka Ranges, Wairarapa, North Island, New Zealand
Duration: Approx. 1 hour
Description: The sighting took place when the witness and his companion were travelling to Lake Wairarapa early Sunday morning to go duck shooting. The reporting witness has over 30 years experience hunting and tramping in the Rimutaka Ranges.
The companions travelled out through Upper Hutt, over the Rimutaka Ranges, and then proceeded through Featherston into the Martinborough area. Their final destination was to be a 'maimai' (camouflaged duck shooting shelter) located near Kahutara, Lake Wairarapa.
It was early morning; the conditions were clear at the time, with no wind or moon.
The witnesses first spotted the unusual light between 5 and 5.30 am, when driving through Kaitoke, north of Upper Hutt on the approach to the Rimutaka Ranges. It was directly ahead of them over the hills; a large, bright purple\blue light, which changed to yellow and then white. The light initially appeared to be oval in shape, but its shape then became distorted or fuzzy. As the witnesses drew closer to the hills, the light moved and suddenly appeared very close to them, almost over them at one stage, before returning back to its original position at approximately 30-35 degrees above the ranges. They noticed that there was no sound accompanying the movement of the light close to them. The witnesses described the light as having soft hues that appeared to glow. They described the size of the light as 'substantial'.
The light remained in view for approximately another 20-25 minutes until the men drove over the ranges and down the other side towards Featherstone. At this stage they lost sight of the light because of the close proximity of hill ridgelines. The men continued on their way discussing what they had seen. (The reporting witness had observed a similar unusual light on the West Coast of the South Island many years ago).
Upon arriving at the maimai, located at the north eastern end of Lake Wairarapa, the men busied themselves preparing for the mornings shooting. Once settled in the maimai, the witnesses were facing in a southwesterly direction overlooking the lake, waiting for ducks to show up! The sun had not yet risen.
Shortly after 6 pm, the men noticed a glow behind a hill called Maunganui, some 12 kms distant (an estimate). Near the hill was a flat plateau along Western Lake Road. The witnesses observed this whole area - and the surrounding hills also - light up as if in daylight, and they saw a glowing light visible above Maunganui. This brilliant expanse of light remained constant for approx. 10 minutes before suddenly extinguishing, leaving the area in semi-darkness again before sunrise. The area that was lit up is sparsely populated, with only a few farms in the area. Both men were left baffled by this strange spectacle.
Source: Sue Hansen, UFOCUS NZ Network. Investigator B. Humphries.
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