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Wild man of Australasia.

Etymology: From the mountain range.

Variant names: Forest taniwah, Hairy moehau, 
Matau, Moehau monster, Toangina, Tuuhourangi.

Physical description: Covered with red or silver 
hair.

Habitat: Caves.

Distribution: Coromandel Range, Waikato 
River, and Tongariro National Park, North Island, 
New Zealand; Cameron Mountains, Milford 
Wilderness, and Lake Wakatipu, South Island, 
New Zealand.

Significant sightings: In 1878, gold prospectors 
on Martha Hill in Waihi reported large, 
long-haired man-beasts carrying stone knives, 
hand axes, and wooden clubs.

Large, five-toed, humanlike footprints were 
found embedded in mud along a creek in 1903 
by miners in the Karangahake Gorge.

In early February 1952, hunters Douglas 
Tainvhana and Roy Norman got a fleeting 
glimpse of a hairy man running along a track on 
the Coromandel Peninsula.

In 1963, Carl McNeil saw an apelike creature 
running along a track bed on the Coromandel 
Peninsula.

Trevor Silcox was hunting wild pig with a 
companion in the Coromandel Range in 1972 
when they spotted a 6-foot, naked man covered 
with dark hair moving through the scrub. Four 
tracks measuring 14 inches long and 7 inches 
wide were found.

Possible explanation: A surviving remnant of 
postulated pre-Maori inhabitants of New 
Zealand.

The Moehau is reputed to be a large, hairy hominid cryptid in the Coromandel-Moehau ranges of New Zealand's North Island.

The most common explanation for the Hairy Moehau is that it is a gorilla.

However, in 1970, County Councillor J. Reddy told Robyn Gosset that the Hairy Moehau was an exaggeration started from a joke.

Also in 1970, Bob Grey told researcher Robyn Gosset that the term “Moehau Monster” came from a name given to a Yankee steam hauler that was utilized for logging. In New Zealand Mysteries by Nicola McCloy, the author discredits both theories by citing several Moehau sightings during the early 19th century.

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