This spider was in our house. IN OUR HOUSE.
It made me stop short & say in a VERY SERIOUS VOICE Jesus H. Christ which of course panicked Craig just a little.
It is officially the biggest spider I have ever seen in New Zealand & in our house.
(I have seen bigger spiders - in Tahiti, Thailand, & Australia)
Also? that's a large pen. Not, say, a biro..
I took the photos then allowed Craig to kill it. When I vacuumed it up later, it was large enough to clatter up the hose.
p.s. apologies to arachnophobes!
p.p.s. I hate them too. I promise. The photos are something like ... watching a horror movie for me. Brrr.