Gable Tostee makes brief New Zealand visit

Gable Tostee now goes by the name Eric Thomas (Facebook)
Gable Tostee now goes by the name Eric Thomas (Facebook)

The Australian man acquitted of murdering young Kiwi woman Warriena Wright on the Gold Coast has made a quick visit across the Tasman.

Gable Tostee, who now goes by the name Eric Thomas, was seen in Ponsonby early on Sunday morning according to an NZME source.

It's believed Tostee was visiting his girlfriend, Kiwi Lizzi Evans (real name Elizabeth Smith), whose family run a winery in Hawkes Bay.

Gable Tostee makes brief New Zealand visit

Lizzi Evans (Facebook)

A source close to Evans told Newshub that 30-year-old Tostee had been visiting her in New Zealand but had since flown home to Brisbane.

Newshub contacted Evans' brother Jon Smith at Hawkhurst Wines near Hastings to confirm if Tostee had visited the family but he immediately hung up the phone.

The winner of TV3's The Bachelor, Fleur Verhoeven, posted on her Facebook page: "As it turns out, Gable Tostee is residing in Havelock North under a different name atm. Might sign up for Tinder. (sic)"

Tostee was acquitted of the murder and manslaughter of Wright in October, in what some Australian media dubbed 'the Tinder murder'.

Tostee and Wright met using the dating app Tinder in 2014 while she was in Queensland for a friend's wedding.

Later that night Wright died after falling from the 14th floor of Tostee's apartment building.

The prosecution argued Wright became so afraid of Tostee she climbed over the balcony to escape him, falling to her death.