There have always been rumours of a large black cat in the South Island.
The latest sighting has been at Hanmer Springs. At about midday on Sunday, Christchurch osteopath, Mark Orr, was mountain biking on the Perseverance Bike track, when he swears he spotted it.
Sightings of a giant South Island cat have been circulating since about the 1990s, everywhere from Canterbury to Marlborough to Southland.
A local cyclist, Mark Orr, said he saw a large cat, about knee height… pretty stocky when it turned around and had a look at us.
Orr thinks it was about 50 metres away when he spotted it, but he did not think to get the phone out in the moment.
As it moved to about 100 metres away his partner was able to get the video footage, he said.
“There is no chance that was a dog. None at all… There’s nothing in it for me to go around telling people that I saw something I didn’t, but it was definitely a big cat, there’s no doubt about it in my mind anyway.”