In 1978 a rash of UFO sightings occurred across the Southern Hemisphere.
At the same time strange lights were reported in the foothills on the coastal mountains of New Zealand’s south island accompanied by reports of sheep being abducted.
The Kaikoura Lights is a name given by the New Zealand media to a series of sightings that occurred in December 1978, over the skies above the Kaikoura mountain ranges of the northeastern South Island of New Zealand.
The police began receiving numerous calls from civilians reporting beams of light being projected onto the sea. A cargo plane that took off around the same time also reported seeing lights playing on the sea and unexplained lights in the sky. Plane pilots described some of the lights to be the size of a house and others small but flashing brilliantly.
The lights were tracked with scientific equipment and found them to be travelling at 1,930 kph (1,200 mph).
An Australian news cameraman boarded a plane to film the lights which recurred over a period of nights. He filmed some of the most startling evidence of UFOs ever caught on film.
This all coincided with the mysterious disappearance whilst flying of Australian pilot Frederick Valentich. His last words were: “My intentions are – ah – to go to King Island – ah – Melbourne. That strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again (open microphone for two seconds). It is hovering and it’s not an aircraft.”