On Christmas evening, people in New Plymouth and Wellington claimed they saw "'UFOs"' in the sky.
Jennie Velvin, of New Plymouth, said everyone would think she had had one too many wines when she saw a UFO.
But she was positive she had not touched the booze and that even her husband, John - normally a sceptic - could confirm there had been something strange in the sky above Ngamotu Rd, New Plymouth.
Velvin said she takes her dogs out the back of the house for toileting at 10pm every evening and whenever she does so she always look up to the sky to see what's there. Sometimes she sees a satellite or a helicopter.
But she said what she saw on Christmas night was not normal, Stuff.co.nz reported.
She described the object as a small, fast-moving fiery sun that was heading south towards Oakura. She said it flew really low as though she could have reached out and touched it.
The mysterious object had already disappeared into cloud by the time her husband got there, but a second one the same as the first travelled past soon after, and he narrowly missed capturing it with his camera.
Another person named Chris Welson said he noticed three orange lights travelling over New Plymouth on Christmas night about 10.30pm.
A man said he and two other people also saw something strange in the sky above the Wellington suburb of Johnsonville around 10.30pm on Christmas night.
During the 15 seconds he watched it, the light moved very fast, the man, who did not want to be named, said.