UFO Sightings in the Waikato

UFO Sightings in the Waikato

Date & Time Location Description Possible Explanations Sources & References
2011-03-29
11pm
Hamilton Suli Laomakei and Kelly Dixon saw a "light the size of the moon" moving quickly across the night. "It was very bright when it moved. Everything below it lit up," Ms Laomakei said. "It was huge, and looked like it had flames coming out of it." Ms Laomakei, who estimated the object was only around 100m off the ground, said she was not a believer in UFOs before the sighting, but the strange light had her scratching her head. "Something was travelling through the sky that night," she said. Stardome astronomer Dr Grant Christie said a meteor entered the atmosphere over New Zealand around 11pm on March 29, lighting up the night sky. He estimated the fireball to be travelling around 30 and 80km above the earth, describing it as one of the brightest observed fireballs above New Zealand since 1999. Waikato Times
2011-04-09
6:30pm
Hamilton Adrian Kilpatrick reported: "it looked like [a] plane was on fire, like the engines were glowing orange." He said the object was silent, and he estimated it was flying around the height a of a small aircraft and appeared less than two kilometres north of their house. It moved towards Hamilton from Ngaruawahia, before changing direction and zipping towards Morrinsville. Mr Kilpatrick estimated it was visible for about  three minutes. A Woodridge resident said he and his family had let off a lantern into the night sky around the time of the sighting. Waikato Times
2012-07-09
Early morning
Raglan "3 bright 'fiery' lights appeared to come up into the sky, moving quite fast, absloutely no sound, lasted about 2 mins and disappeared." ? Waikato Times
2012-09-30 Te Awamutu Strange lights in the sky, reported over Te Awamutu and as far away as Hamilton. Rod Bent's family launched about 10 hot air paper balloons at a friend’s 60th birthday. Waikato Times, Te Awamutu Courier, (resolution)
2013-01-09
9:30pm
Hamilton "The light appeared from the north way in the horizon and slowly travelled in a straight line forwards us, as it got closer you could easily tell is was no plane as the light was far too bright, it was an orange light in a v shape with white light at the base, when it was directly over head it then slowly faded out and vanished, as though going into clouds but alas there were no clouds that night! It travelled in a direct line and didn't diverse at all." ISS—the time and path match, and the "vanishing" effect is normal for satellites. Reported to HAS
2013-03-19 Hamilton "I was sitting on my bed... when my dog freaked out and cowered under my desk. there was a fuzzy static noise that soon started. ... I opened my curtans and saw 3 consecutive flashes in the sky that looked like lightening but couldnt have been because it was a clear night, the first was directly south, SEeast, the next was exactly 38 seconds later in the same postion then again another 38 seconds later in the same spot again. After the 3rd flash the static fuzz noise dissapared." ? ufostalker.com
2013-05-12
7pm
Te Awamutu "Weird lights" and something that "looked like a ball of fire". There were rumours of sightings from Hamilton but the only available witness accounts were in Te Awamutu and south to Tokanui. Some sky lanterns were reported to be flying around the north-east area of Te Awamutu. Also, the ISS made a very bright pass at the same time as one of the sightings. Reports to Te Awamutu Online and Te Awamutu Courier.