New Zealander here...
The case sounds familiar might have had a mention on the local news, We had a similar one a good 10 years or so ago but if I remember the video of it
was of a black feline.
To me it looks like a large male ginger colored tom hunkered down in the grass.
Ive owned alot of Cats (i own 9 currently, 4 of which where rescued feral kittens) and while people have mentioned they get bigger when they go feral
I have to say this is wrong, what id say it is, is that intact un neutered male toms, feral or otherwise are noticeably larger than their neutered
counterparts. They put on larger muscle mass and wild cats also depending on the season can grow a rather thick coat of fur.
We have a cat that has possible maincoon or Norwegian ancestry (shes got the coat and coloring) and she grows a very thick coat during the winter
which we sheds at the start of summer (the difference is quite funny looking going from fluffy to noticably balder, especially the neck and cheeks
Although i have seen some real big cats on occasion. One of our tabby males currently is quite a large cat standing just above a foot at the shoulder,
but ive seen males get to a good foot and a half once or twice (friends cat as a kid was a real monster and we lived next door to a cat who was
rightly called Chewbaca... he was not only tall but fat)
Looking at those tourists pic id definitely say the coloring is interesting, although given the direction of the sun a light ginger cat can get real
tawny in color, we had a part Abyssinian female that was a very light red cream color. If it was 200m's away then its definitely large but cant tell
looking at the photo, pitty they dont have any unzoomed pics of it with more noticeable terrain features to judge scale. Either case its deffinetly a
Id hazard to say its just a typical tom however, although the black cat that was film a decade ago was definitely something a little more exotic.
We get these large cat sightings every 4 or so years here, most people dont give it a second glance. Alot of people dont see feral cats all that much
(their there but good at avoiding humans) and are to used to seeing domesticated cats so when they see a cat outside the habitats they normally
associate them with they go 'Ooo strange beast!'.
Sure wish they wouldnt kill feral cats, its not their fault their dumped by uncaring people (only 3 days ago my brother rescued a little tabby kitten
that had been dumped down a long drop toilet at a local beach... so a new addition to the family)... better to capture, neuter, then release, and they
arent as big an impact on the native wildlife as alot of people seem to think.
I personally like the Moose sightings we have down in Fiordland, even with hunting cam footage of them people still say 'bollocks'