West Bank Motueka River, Pokororo Hall, Nelson Province
UFOINFO Online Sighting Report
Location: West bank Motueka River, Nelson Province, New Zealand
Date: Sometime in summer of Jan/Feb 1979
Time: Approx. mid afternoon
Number of witnesses: 3
Number of objects: 1
Shape of objects: Triangular, approx. 25-30 metres diameter and top to bottom, observed at a distance of approx 30-40 metres.
Could your sighting be a UFO balloon/lantern?: Not applicable
Weather Conditions: Warm, partly cloudy
Description: In 1976 my Father and Mother purchased a 2 acre property on the West Bank of the Motueka River, a few hundred metres down river from the Pokororo Hall.
The front garden of the property was only 30 metres from the banks of the river which had a 25 metre drop to it.
One afternoon, probably Jan/Feb 1979, we ( me, sister, father) were in the front garden facing toward the river bank when this triangular shaped object appeared in front of us, approx 30 meters away hovering above the river. I had time to note that it was a metallic silver colour with some small circular windows (like port holes) and a circular pattern of lights.
After a few seconds it moved down river, we lost visual contact, so I chased after it down the road to a swing bridge over the river about 2-300 metres from our house.
On the swing bridge I made visual contact again. It was travelling down river at approx 25-30km/hr hugging the west river bank. At a distance of about 800 metres it reached a bend in the river, at which point it accelerated at tremendous speed in a vertical direction and soon disappeared into the clouds.
To this day I still believe we had a close encounter in broad daylight with a UFO. I believe it was somehow connected with the Kaikoura UFO sightings beginning in Dec.1978. Soon after, my mother, sister, father experienced another close encounter at night with a craft that had landed in a field next to our property, approx 50 metres away.