A lightened cropped version from the image below (pareidolia?)-a Moehau with a sagittal crest



This shot was taken months later of the same location (cropped and lightened)

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.

See my video showing some new prints I discover along the wild way

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 runs the successful you tube channel, “Utah Sasquatch”, has 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.



IMG_3513IMG_3511from Video 2017-09-23 at 9.33.49 PM

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. Above measurements in centimetres. 


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  3. Bryan Colechin says:

    Great stuff Marc

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  4. I’m researching the Moehau man for a story (fiction) I’m currently writing. I live in Oamaru, but grew up in the Waitakeres. Can you point me in the direction of any great witnesses I could talk to?


    • mrnewzealand says:

      The ones I have contacted in this article have no interest in talking further about their experiences. I tried to get more info to no avail. I suggest trying author, Mark Walbank of Auckland paranormal. Who has a great interest in Moehau Man. Many in NZ are afraid to speak to anyone much more so than other countries. Also you could try facebook groups (which I recommend) on the subject matter and search articles (many are protective of their experiences and interactions, you might find some willing to speak openly though often trust is a big thing). Youtube video commenters on the subject sometimes have witnesses. Aussie has a lot more people willing to speak out NZ is a different kettle of fish.


  5. […] Some of them are. I’ve got a size 11 boots, and they’re bigger than my boot. Some footprints are smaller. I wish in the early days I thought to take casting material out […]


  6. […] Some of them are. I’ve got a size 11 boots, and they’re bigger than my boot. Some footprints are smaller. I wish in the early days I thought to take casting material out […]


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  8. Carla Schlesinger says:

    Hi there, i lived in titirangi as a child in a house that backed onto bushland/forest. When i was about 4 years i looked out my bedroom window at dawn only to see, what i later recognised as a big foot walking at the edge of the forest. It was over 7 foot and hairy, it walked like a man. I ran to my parents bedroom to tell them I’d seen a monster (as i had no frame of reference for what I’d seen). They placated me. A few months later mum and i were in the forest. We heard growling and i knew it was the creature I’d seen. This would have been 1976.


    • mrnewzealand says:

      Hi Carla,

      thanks so much for sharing your sighting especially as a child and not know what it was. I have gotten a few reports from the Waitakere range region. I am working on a documentary about New Zealand’s Bigfoot, would you be interested if I interviewed you on it?


      • Carla says:

        Sure, I’d be happy to. I now live in Gold Coast Australia.


      • mrnewzealand says:

        That’s great Carla. Do you have skype maybe I can do an interview through there since you live in Oz? I have heard from several people about people seeing them in the Waitaks. I am looking at doing interviews in around a few weeks


    • Bell says:

      Wow I actually got chills when I read your comment I just added my experience below which happened just off scenic drive at our friends property we actually lived on there property when I was around 6 years old for a period of time but even after we moved away we would come and stay at her house for the weekend sometimes but after that experience I haven’t been back curiosity makes me want to go back but it’s just such an odd place even before the experience I always got that feeling like we were being watched whenever I was in the bush


  9. […] Some of them are. I’ve got a size 11 boots, and they’re bigger than my boot. Some footprints are smaller. I wish in the early days I thought to take casting material out […]


  10. Bell says:

    I would call myself a relatively skeptical person and would usually try and find some sort of sound explanation for strange things but there is still something that I can’t explain
    13 years ago me and my sister were staying with our friend who lives out in the waitakere bush off scenic drive I would have been around 11 years old at the time well us three girls decided we would get up early that morning and walk down the back of her house down into the bush to this treehouse my friends brother had built I still remember this day clearly it was one of the scariest things I have experienced so we started going downhill and made it about half way to the treehouse when there right in front of us was this being call it a big foot or a moehau at the time it was like the bush went dead silent like time stopped or slowed down in a sense and there right in front of us was this 7-8 foot black hairy and had red eyes it was quite wide as well and was just standing there like not moving almost as if it was trying to blend in with the trees all three of us girls just stopped dead still our dear friend decided to pick up a piece of old wood next to her about 30cm long she then threw it at the thing which just aggravated it and made it move towards us it made the weirdest sound I can’t even explain like a deep rumbling growl or grumble it began to move and we all screamed and I just remember yelling Run and I turned around to run up the hill my sister was almost in shock she was just standing there staring at it I had to tell at her to run and ended up shoving her to get her to run up the hill and whatever it was was angry and started coming after us we ran so fast and didn’t look back and when we got to the bush line where it cleared and her house was we were fine and ran inside I haven’t been back to her house since then and I must say that whenever we were there it almost always felt like you were being watched especially down in the bush I still remember that day and it sounds crazy but it happened and definitely made me change my views


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  13. Mary Soapes says:

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