Earth Mysteries in New Zealand

by Alanna Moore

New Zealand is abundant with mysterious anomalies, pointing to pre-Maori goings on.
But how much of it is wishful thinking?

I visited one such site with fellow researcher Billy Arnold last March when we traveled to NZ to run some workshops.

Jungle Mystery

We wended our way through thick lush rainforest, down a narrow dirt track in the Kaimanawa Forest Park south west of Lake Taupo, in the steaming central volcanic belt of the New Zealand north island. Would we be able to find the mysterious ‘wall’? It was a treat in itself just to be in such a splendid wilderness area (although strangely empty due to the lack of native wildlife in this country).

The hire car navigated yet another narrow bend as the last rays of sunlight shone through the forest, illuminating the tree trunks. There it was! Just a few metres from the track ­ a very obvious line of neatly jointed boulders on the side of a hill, with trees and a metre thick humus layer growing on top.

Upon inspection of the strata Billy and I both felt that it was a natural formation of volcanic stone. Researchers have deemed the stone to be an ignimbrite not found elsewhere until some 12km away. Ignimbrite is defined as “rock composed of volcanic fragments welded together, of 66% silica and generally acidic.” A sample analysed in Auckland pronounced The Wall to be formed of rhyolite ­ “a fine grained or glassy light coloured volcanic rock containing mineral potash feldspar with over 66% silica, also acidic”.

Energies of Place

Dowsing the energies revealed nothing much until I checked out a wide gap between two of the boulders and dowsed a flow of earth energy pouring up out of it. Looking into the gap I watched a shaft of sunlight (the sun being about to set at due west) shine down another wide joint on the side of the wall through to the back of the gap, lighting up the smooth surface of surrounding stones in the rows behind.

In meditation, tuning in to that spot I sensed that below the surface there was a great deal of devic activity occurring and this was also Billy’s impression. When he tuned in near the gap Billy clairvoyantly saw a kind of doorway there (for the movement of spirits) and also a “big mob of spirits in the hill”. So the Wall appeared to be functioning as a portal to other dimensions.

The whole spot felt quite special, sacred perhaps. But to whom? Perhaps simply a nature spirit temple, as Marko Pogacnik refers to such hot spots of devic activity. Often such spots are characterised by special markings or features, says Pogacnik. So this one could be a classic.

I also got the idea, as I meditated around the site, that the sort of attention the spot had been eliciting may well be attracting the sorts of devas and landscape energies which make a site especially sacred. That is, by wanting a site to be a site, it can become one.

And so if enough people go there and meditate and attune to the energies of place, then it could become a centre of power as well as mystery.

What Others Say

Looking up the article on the Kaimanawa Wall on the website, I found a range of differing opinions aired. One person has dowsed the stones and finds “none to be magnetically charged with earth energies”. Perhaps he wasn’t asking the appropriate question, as I found energy emanating from between the rocks which channeled it upwards.

In a major article on the subject from The Listener, May 4th 1996, Barry Brailsford, a maverick NZ archeologist who believes The Wall to be man-made by a pre-Maori culture, describes the uncannily smooth faces, without saw or adze marks; and how the interstices where the blocks join are knife blade thin.

However Peter Woods, the Department of Conservation geologist sent in to study The Wall, stated that “natural fractures with near vertical and horizontal joints are common in welded ignimbrites of this type”. He believes that the molten stone was laid down some 300,00 years ago, when Lake Taupo blew out.

The advocates of the temple or pyramid scenario say the wall is oriented to true north. But it turns out to be 5 degrees off true; Nature also orientates rocks. For instance – all the quartz veins where I live [Victoria, Australia] run north-south, I’m told.

A half round stone lying in front of The Wall is described by Brailsford as a ‘touchstone’ – that is: a greeting stone placed before an ancient stone structure. Rex Gilroy, Australian archeological anomalist, goes further ­ believing that this stone is from the top of an ancient pyramid structure and that it was covered with ancient writings which he has translated as describing the site as a temple to the sun. This I find very hard to believe! And my dowsing revealed nothing special about the ‘touchstone’.

An archeological study has yet to be done of The Wall. The Maori know nothing of it and, indeed, talk of pre-Maori cultures existing in this country is most unsettling for them politically.

Whatever The Wall is, it has certainly aroused curiosity and controversy. The subject makes for a good read on, where even the skeptics get their two-bob’s worth in. Perhaps readers would like to try dowsing or tuning into the photo and passing on any insights to us?

© 2003 Alanna Moore & BSD EEG