My favourite beach on the small island of Waiheke Island. From this view point it looks like I was stood on a deserted tropical island in the middle of nowhere with nobody for miles around. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Whilst the beach wasn’t crowded like it would be in popular tourist beaches in Europe. There were dozens of people on the beach. I was also only a minute or two walk from Oneroa, the main settlement on the island. And Waiheke Island is only a 45 minute boat trip from Auckland’s city centre.
Vineyards are harder than I imagined to photograph. The contrast between the neat rows of green vines and the bright blue sky above made me have to select this photo for the website. I’m not that happy with it to be honest. Cable Bay is a lovely spot, especially on a sunny spring day like this. Still I wonder how to take a nice vineyard landscape photograph that I am happy with. Maybe a drone or helicopter flight would help.
Although I lived in Auckland for around a year in 2012/13 its been quite a few years since I’ve been up the Auckland Skytower. This is from the lookout or observation deck looking north west over the Auckland Harbour Bridge. In the foreground you can see the Wynyard Quarter and Westhaven Marina. On the far left is the edge of the Victoria Park. On the other side of the harbour bridge is the Northshore area’s of Chatsworth and Birkenhead. This has to be one of the best views in Auckland’s central city.
In the Harker Reserve the Vivian Falls were the most difficult to find during my 2019 tour of New Zealand’s North Island. They are in the north west of the Waikato region, only an hours drive south of Auckland. When I parked up the car I missed seeing the small sign and gate. This meant I ended up walking through the whole reserve. Which was a nice bush walk but ended up walking for a couple of hours looking for this waterfall which turned out to be less than 50 metres from where I had parked. It’s not the easiest one to get down too. Theres some very slippy stairs. It’s a 12 metre drop waterfall in this horse tail style. It is much more difficult to photograph in this landscape format but I liked the mosses of the greenery on the side. This is a 3.2 second long exposure. I did try some vertical shots but prefer posting landscape aspect photographs.