New Zealand Bigfoot

Ever since I was old enough to remember, I have been fascinated by stories of Bigfoot. The big "Readers Digest Book of Unexplained Mysteries and Monsters" on our family bookshelf probably didn’t help my imagination any, and I would dream of one day exploring the American wilderness, in search of Sasquatch.

It is enjoyable to surmise about such things, and who really knows? Myths and legends usually originate from something far less sensational... Or do they?

I was in the library the other day, and found a book on New Zealand Mysteries. Much to my surprise and delight, I have discovered that we have our very own Bigfoot legend here in Godzone. "The Moehau Man". (scary music starts now.)

Here are some interesting facts on New Zealand’s Bigfoot...

Reports have persisted for many years that there is a creature lurking in the Moehau mountain range on the Northern end of the Coromandel Peninsula.

The reports of giant man-beasts in the Moehau’s date back to pre-european times.The ancient Maori had places in New Zealand where they dare not go. The Moehau mountain range was one of those places.

Gold prospectors in the 1870’s were terrified by the sight of what they called "large, long-haired manbeasts". During this time ‘The Moehau Man’ was actually blamed for the death of a minor. Apparently a corpse was found with its head ripped off, and partially fed upon, and about two weeks later a woman was dragged out of her cabin, apparently by Moehau. People were warned in the area not to go out in the bush alone.

In 1969 an Australian tourist, Vera Marshall, said she had seen a gorilla-like animal while out on a bush walk. In 1972, two men who were pig hunting in the Coromandel Ranges saw what they described as a 2 meter tall apelike creature.

There are stories of a gorilla that was released in the peninsula from a ship in the late 1800s. It was never caught. Perhaps the sightings were a case of mistaken identity? Who knows.

So, next time you go camping in the Moehau Mountains, take your camera with you, and maybe an elephant gun.

“New Zealand Mysteries” by Nicola McCloy
“Cryptozoology” by Jena Shaw
“The Maori Race” by Edward Tregear


Kristy said...

hey - I didn't give you permission to post a photo of me with this post! But seriously - very interesting stuff!

Jasher said...

Cool stories!

BB said...

Wow!! I always heard there were only two places in the world, where bigfoot hadn't been seen, New Zealand and Hawaii. Always figured it was just too far to swim. Thanks for clearing this up!