High Strangeness: The Thing in Lake Rotorua

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Thing in Lake Rotorua

In the course of researching my book about Dr. J. Allen Hynek, I have found myself going down some strange, unexpected byways of UFOlogy, some of them puzzling, some of them confounding, all of them fascinating...

A few days ago I came across another oddity: an aquatic UFO case that Hynek investigated in the early 1970s, when he was in New Zealand. I'm still working on figuring out the extent to which Hynek investigated the case, but in the process I've been having an entertaining email exchange with Lxxx, the woman who was one of the main witnesses to the event, and it's a great story.

Claiming that her memory was not as good as it used to be, Lxxx directed me to Carl Feindt's Water UFO website, which is probably old hat to many of you but was a first to me. There are enough water UFO's to warrant a website and a "Research Endeavor?" News to me.

Anyway, at the site I found the story of Lxxx and her then boyfriend Rxxxxx, who had been out on a date the night of July 3, 1971, and found themselves parked in their Hillman Minx near the shore of Lake Rotorua, in the town of Rotorua on the northern island of New Zealand. The time was about 1:45 a.m., and Lxxx and Rxxxxx were the only people in the area... it was a very quiet night
Lxxx heard a strange beeping and asked her boyfriend what is was. Looking around for the source of the beep, they both noticed something odd 25 to 30 yards out on the water, out behind a tourist boat and a moored seaplane... It was a circular, domed saucer in -- or on -- the water.

The report didn't say explicitly what she and her boyfriend were doing in their car on the lakeshore at 1:45 a.m., and I don't want to make any assumptions, but both witnesses did report having to roll down the car window to see what was going on out on the water... Draw your own conclusions.

Rxxxxx reported later in the "CAPR Bulletin" that the object "appeared to be an inverted plate with a small dome on the top. The dome was dark grey, and the base of the saucer appeared to be light-grey to white in colour. There was a fog around the base of the object, therefore I couldn't tell if it was floating or hovering. Set off-centre on the dome there was a bright red light which rotated clockwise, and seemed most intense when pointed towards the car, at the same time as the light pointed towards the car, a metallic sounding "beep" rang out, the frequency of both the light and the beep was about once per second."

Lxxx's report echoes Rxxxxx's in minute detail: "To my surprise I saw a huge dome or half of a saucer shaped object which appeared to be sitting of hovering in between the float plane and a small boat anchored on the lake. I couldn't judge what size it was but it was very large and seemed to be a whitish colour. There was a fog around the base of the object. There was also a red or orange light in top (just like a traffic cops car) and it was flashing in a clockwise direction as far as I can make out and beeping at one second intervals as the light turned towards the car. This sounds quite strange I realise."

After fleeing the scene, Lxxx's and Rxxxxx's curiosity got the best of them and they returned to the lakeshore some fifteen minutes after their sighting... Alas, The Thing in Lake Rotorua had vanished.

Forty-three years later, Lxxx didn't have much to add: "not so sure it was unique (probably was pretty amazing at the time seeing it had landed on the lake...well slightly hovering)" she wrote to me. "I dont know if the ufo came from under the water when we heard the beeping or whether it just came from the air as it just appeared out on the lake (close) by seeing it from the side window of the car."

"It sounds a bit of a comedy," she wrote, "but it's true."

Lxxx went on to tell me that her family has experienced a variety of strange occurrences over the years, some of them quite creepy, including one that resonated with me very strongly...
"On one occasion in the early hours of the morning (my son) and I witnessed two pinpoint lights in the sky flying about, and then a big exchange of what looked like zig-zag lightning between them. Whether they were fighting or exchanging something, remains to be seen, but it left us stunned... Then they sped off.  That amazed me at the time.  I thought are they exchanging information.... or fighting."
Zig-zag UFOs, anyone? Are these unique to me and Lxxx?
The reason this story resonates with me is that when I was a child I had a recurring alien invasion nightmare in which I was out in the backyard at night with my family when the sky suddenly filled with brilliant UFOs that looked like zig-zag lightning laid on its side... There were always millions of these things filling the sky, and I knew they were coming for us...

No idea what it means, but I am naturally intrigued by Lxxx's story and I hope she'll remember more details as we continue our correspondence. In the meantime, I confess to being a little confused: should we be watching the skies... or the lakes?


Anonymous said...

It's me "L" just two things. We returned to the waterfront
after seeing the ufo just a few mins later (e.g. 3-5 mins) not
15 mins ... as we only drove through the town (which we were in) just
a few streets so it was only like driving down 2 streets and
we only saw 3 other people walking down the road. We didn't
stop the people we were so shocked and were wanting to go back to
the start of the drive and see if it was still there. I might
have mentioned we spent about 15 mins sitting outside the Nurses
home in the city as we were so stunned and said "what on earth
was that".
Also we were not up to naughtiness as we were parked watching the ufo ha. It was only our 2nd date and we had been to the movies
and just sat parked for ages eating, drinking and talking at the lakefront just sort of relaxing in each of our seats and having a good old talk. It was a public area but being Winter it was a bit
cold for lots to be out. Quite a few people were sitting in their cars and/or coming and going, then
they all left and as we didn't want to go home yet, we still sat.
(You know teenagers they aren't ready to go home even at around 2 am).
Concerning the later episode with the zig zag lightning that passed
between two cirle or dot ufos high in the sky, it was a very long
zig zag.

But just clarifying those two points above. My memory isn't great
but I do remember the events of that night as I have told honestly...
one doesn't forget that stuff. cheers thanks for putting up the
(true) story.

Anonymous said...

It is "L" again. Just thought I would make a couple more
comments. It was Winter in July 1971 when we saw the object,
hence the windows being up in the car. People had been coming
and going all night sitting by the lake, a few anyway, at different times.
I had recently met my then boyfriend a very short time before,
and we did end up getting married 3 years later. I was new
to Rotorua and living alone and we met in the office.
We are still married. I don't know why I said my memory was not as good
now as it certainly was/is concerning the ufo. Dr Hynek met us
at a house at Miramar Wellington from memory (pretty sure it
was Miramar) or one of the suburbs of the city. As we were taken
there one night I didn't pay much attention. The organisation
who investigated our sighting had arranged it for when Hynek visited
NZ (late 1973) and I believe he was going to have a talk with others.
I don't think there would have been many though who had seen ufos. I remember he was on tv
also with interviewer Brian Edwards at that time and he was ridiculed
a bit as they did in those days. The years have flown. I am a young
(65 later this year). I mention the ufo sometimes to my husband.
The organisation at the time (CAPR) sent people to Rotorua to investigate - grid patterns, latitude, longitude etc.
They wouldn't have gone to those lengths if they thought we were
nitwits. We had met them at a meeting a year after seeing the ufo
when my husband (boyfriend then) had been working with a girl
who's uncle was in it, otherwise we wouldn't have know they existed.
(Being a christian these days my belief (along with many) is that these
entities (demonic) may put in an appearance in the not too distant future
claiming we are descended from them, thereby misleading many and
causing them to miss out on eternal life and commitment to Jesus).
(Quite a lot of christian men think this as well).
Anyway that is all.... just thought I would add that. We haven't
had anything happen for a couple of years now thank the Lord.
Well I have had demonic happenings but I can't pin them down to
"aliens" but they are all the same I think and from satan's realm
(scripture tells us he is prince of the power of the air). People
are seeing 100s of ufos now around the globe with us being the final
generation to Jesus return.