My enigmatic journey into the bigfoot world began on the outskirts of Skinwalker Ranch in 2013. It was on UFO hill that strange creatures sounds were recorded including a large rock thrown next to us from the deep darkness beneath the starry sky. Up until that time I did not have a pro-active interest in bigfoot and not until I realised after reviewing recordings what I probably had an encounter with! Some two years later during a ghost box ITC session in the Guardian Building in Auckland city that repeated a phrase “Accept the Bigfoot People, big people” (repeated radio spatter?) (see video). After being away from the lush greenery of Aeoteoroa or New Zealand for nearly two decades, I was keen to explore wild New Zealand and hear the wildlife. What was about to enter my life would open my mind to what the Maori people had been talking about for centuries, the wild men of the bush and forests of New Zealand.
I had been searching for New Zealand’s illusive Bigfoot known as Matau, Maero, Tuuhourangi, Taongina, Rapuwai and Moehau or Moehau Man (around the world there are hundreds of names). Named after Moehau Mountain where some of them are supposed to reside according to Maori legend. This is the highest peak among the Coromandel ranges on New Zealand’s North Island. I was to discover that they sought me out and let me know it! With multiple heavy bi-pedal approaches, strange footprints in remote hard-to-reach places, strange structures, voices in a strange language, wood knocks, stone tapping, feelings of being followed and watched etc. I was pretty scared and wondered what on earth was going on out there. Before these strange encounters I had no idea that New Zealand has its own big foot! It was after some research I slowly put the pieces together.
I was to discover that they sought me out and let me know it!
Referencing early Maori, many important chiefs, including Tamatekapua of Te Arawa, are buried on its (Mt. Moehau) summit, a sacred place for those of the Marutūahu Maori tribe. There are several animal and plants that are unique to this mountain range. Known also a magical place that had fairy-like little people or ‘Patupaiarehe’ (among other names) by Maori. The highest point is private property and off-limits to outsiders. Here also lies what could be an ancient trig Celt stone (indicating a possible unreported historical past of New Zealand).
Maori described these ape-like wild men that lived in the bush, that they were “Terrible creatures, half man, half animal.” Interesting to note that these creatures according to them would throw rocks to scare people away. Most familiar with Bigfoot lore know that throwing rocks is part of their nature in other countries too. These manimal creatures were said also to have sharp talons that would kill and eat anyone that ventured into their habitat. Local Maori warned early prospectors about going into the bush alone. It is thought that perhaps one of these had killed a prospector, whose headless partially devoured body was discovered in the Martha Mine region in 1882. Also the body of a woman with a broken neck who had been dragged from her shack.
During the 20th century various discoveries of larger-than-normal footprints in the Coromandel region. Also a sighting of a hairy man-like beast had frightened campers in 1970, which screamed and threw rocks. In 1972, a hunter in the Coromandel ranges witnessed a hairy naked man-like creature, about 6 foot tall, moving along a gully. Of which prints were discovered.
Some suggest that sightings are of an escaped mascot gorilla that escaped a ship anchored near Wai Aro in 1924. But this does not account for earlier sightings. There are no bears in New Zealand which might be mistaken for a Bigfoot in other countries.
It’s been decades since the last reported (via mainstream media) sighting of an ape-like creature in the New Zealand Coromandel region and seems an actual sighting for me is highly unlikely though what has my camera picked up in the research area? From research I have learnt that sightings in North America are ongoing and frequent and that there are also islands that have them. Bigfoot also have classic tree structures in areas where they habitat. Bigfoot is seen across the globe though they have various names. Even in neighbouring country Australia, they have what the aborigines call “Yowie”. Some researcher Facebook groups report there are frequent encounters over there too. I thirsted for this special knowledge of the Sasquatch people. Who are they? Are they really dangerous to people? Are they inter-dimensional beings, sometimes being associated with UFOs (I had captured silver saucer craft on video doing around Mach 3 around Mt Moehau) and other strange lights. Leaving solitary prints.
My research took me to people like you tube’s, Sasquatch Ontario. Mike Patterson reports being given weaved gifts and marbles etc. He has built a relationship with. Discovering their names and even recording their vocalizations and spoken “WORDS”. He indicates that they can even come through walls like a ghost! (this also been my recent experience!) See my podcast interview with him on youtube.
As I run a youtube channel in recent months some have contacted me here in New Zealand to let me they too have had experiences with the Moehau. One lady even told me that a bigfoot followed her and her kids in their car from the Waitakere Ranges (West of Auckland) though refused to be interviewed further about the sighting. I have heard from law enforcement and hunters as well as others. One SKEPTIC told me in the 70’s himself and a small group had climbed Mount Moehau and slept until the early hours of the morning only to be awoken by a strange terrifying howl, that sent them packing “AT PACE” down the mountain. Though with the small town mentality of New Zealand many are too afraid that if they speak openly it may affect their opportunities for advancement in jobs and what their peers may think of them (this sounds like the UFO world.)
Nathan Reo, who ran a successful you tube channel, “Utah Sasquatch”, had some sightings and found many tracks and wood structures. He has been successful where some others haven’t in finding their actual habitat. Many structures are made with very heavy logs and branches many of which would be very hard to replicate by humans without using heavy duty machines, cranes and trucks all out in isolated hard to reach terrain up on mountain plateaus. They also apparently make simple hideouts and have fall back positions. They are master hunters and masters of concealment.
Nathan uses his military experience to analyze Sasquatch’s strategies to stay hidden, alive and away from humans. He shows bigfoot prints of over 15″ in their forest highways. He reports their logic which has keep them successfully hidden for centuries. In a area with Sasquatch you might find tree litter criss (not dead felled trees) crossing. They weave branches together like fences to help funnel prey into a coral region. Criss-crossing. They prefer living in areas like the military crest that allows them to observe what is going on around them, move to and easily defend themselves. They need to be close to fresh water and close to food sources.
In their areas you might hear woops, knocks, find wallows, have rocks thrown at you (like I did near Skinwalker.) Although different to humans he says they do appear to like living on flat surfaces even if it is a plateau on a mountain. He encourages people to research for areas where they live. Film what you see. He said they are everywhere.
The New Zealand areas may be no different. I decided that I would employ Nathan’s method for finding bigfoot habitation here. The terrain here in New Zealand is very rugged. The New Zealand bush areas in the wild are thick and not easy to transverse. The thick green bush does allow for great concealment though this may not be necessary since I have been approached and have not been able to see them at all! Others have reported the same phenomenon. Is this a trait of bigfoot or something else?
I have spent many hours in my research area outside of Auckland, sometimes in the dead of night. I have not been harmed by anything and they could have easily taken me. With their speed, strength and various abilities, I would not have stood a chance if they had been aggressive and wanted me dead. Could there be some that are? I can’t say but they weren’t toward me. There are field researchers around the world who report similar interactions as me without being harmed.
As I am well acquainted with the Sherman Skinwalker Ranch story. I suspect that some of what happened to the Shermans could be attributed to bigfoot though not necessarily all the phenomena was. My instrumental transcommuncation sessions revealed that some of what happened there was due to Bigfoot or as they called “Apes”. There are two opposing groups as to what Bigfoot is whether it is inter-dimensional ‘woo’ or a human ape-like creature with excessive strength and cunning. I hope can gain their trust as I interact with them further.
The footprints I have found have varied in size, some are massive and some are small. Found in an area that has a lot of black berry, gorse and the menacing cutty grass (Carex coriacea)—this plant is sharp like a razor blade! Honestly who would walk barefoot in an off-the-track area with obnoxious plants, surrounded by hazardous steep cliffs and thick foliage with the occasional deadly cyanide possum bait stations along with scaling barbed wire fences in some parts? A menacing place to get to with only the duly determined adventurer to discover. Being fairly athletic helped me explore. A gem to discover in the darkness of night were communities of glow worms that live a long the creek bank.
NOTE: I was using a POV go pro in a watertight case. I had a seperate external mic for sound though it picks up my movement etc. (not ideal but best I could do at the time.) The post zoomed-in footage was done in software because it was a passive small camera. I had no time to pull out the bigger video cameras in this segment.
Best listened through headphones. You can hear the movement etc. I have had interactions in this area several times already including bi pedal footsteps approaching then nothing. Here they are banging on a tree twice to get my attention. They then shook the tree. Listen for electronic voice phenomena in this as well. Also I shout ‘whoop’ three times and I get a fourth (quieter than me) ‘whoop’ back in response that is not me or an echo! Listen carefully to the audio with headphones.
The general public does not know about this area. There are geographical features that make it an ideal hide away. It is hard to find/get to. In the dozen or so times I have been here I have never come across any other people. I have gotten tree knocks, found interesting structures, gotten ‘samurai chatter,’ evp’s and strange solitary foot prints.
This is what I believe to be happening. They know I’m coming through their today. I brought with me treats for them. They knock on the tree twice and shake it to let me know they are there. If you listen through headphones (recommended) you can hear the snaps etc. The ground was very slippery and made it pretty hazardous on the slopes.
I made three whoop sounds but there is a fourth one which is not me (heard through ear phones).
I did not notice any birds from the tree area with the movement. Can you see anything/hear anything else? Post it. In New Zealand we have no bears or monkeys.