|The conditions on this evening were perfect with clear visibility and no wind.
Two pilots taking a late evening stroll along Waihi Beach, north of Tauranga, at around 11.30 pm, observed a small green light out at sea that they thought at first must be a light on the mast of a boat near Mayor Island. However the light appeared to be directly approaching the mainland and their position on the beach, rapidly growing larger as it did so. The light had a distinctive bright phosphorus green glow. They soon realized that the light was airborne low over the water's surface, approaching from the direction of Mayor Island, and travelling at a speed they estimated at around 180 knots. The airborne object was completely silent. As it came closer, they noticed that within the green glow there were actually three bright green lights forming a triangle. The leading light was raised slightly higher than the other two, and was larger.
Artist's impression of the configuration of bright green lights sighted by the two pilots.
The two men watched the light / object approach to within 200 metres of the shore and realized that it was roughly two metres above the surface of the waves. At this point the “machine” executed a right-angled turn by rotating (turning as on a pivot) on a horizontal plane, rather than rolling and banking over a considerable distance, as an aircraft would do. The pilots commented that they were amazed how controllable the “machine” was, and how it could manoeuvre in this way without making any sound at all. They could not make out any ‘body’ or framework of the object, just the configuration and position of the lights moving in unison, and the surrounding glow. The light/object proceeded parallel to the shoreline at around 100 knots, heading in the direction of Mount Maunganui (Tauranga shoreline). The two men watched the lights until they disappeared, with the duration of the whole sighting being around 40 seconds.
Flight path of object/lights from near Mayor Island to within 200 metres of Waihi Beach shoreline.
Flight path of object/lights travelling parallel to the shoreline in the direction of Matakana Is and Mt Maunganui.
One of the pilots stated that he had been flying for 40 years and he had never seen such an object like it before. The other pilot had sighted UFOs before during his 40 year flying career.
Read another report with similar aspects:
Three bright lights execute an angular turn on a flat plane - Maungaraki, Lower Hutt.
Source: UFOCUS NZ interview & files.