Tautuku bay

Tautuku bay

Driving along the Chaslands Highway we came over a hill to see this coastal landscape. This is the view from Florence Hill Lookout. From here to the Tautuku Peninsula it’s about 2 kilometres. It’s the only place left on the east coast of the South Island where native forest fully covers a catchment from hill-tops to sea. The ancient forest with trees over 1,000 years old and grows right down to the seashore.

Nugget Point

Nugget Point

The great thing about lighthouses is the dramatic coast that usually surrounds them. Nugget Point is one of the most iconic landforms on the New Zealand coast. It’s home to many seabirds including penguins and gannets as well as a large breeding colony of fur seals. This photograph was taken in the evening from the viewing platform next to the lighthouse.

Nugget Point Lighthouse

Nugget Point Lighthouse

This is New Zealand’s most southern lighthouse. Built in 1870 it sits on the dramatic Nugget Point. I’ve seen dozens of incredible photographs of this lighthouse at night. So I was keen to point my camera at it. Sadly it was a cloudy night as the stars a much more visible in this remote part of the country. Without climbing up the cliff side it was impossible to capture the lighthouse with the nuggets (rocky islets) behind. I stuck to the path but you can see one of these nuggets in the water to the right of the lighthouse.

Matai Falls

Matai Falls

At first sight of this waterfall, I was disappointed. I thought that the fallen branches in the foreground would be too distracting. I’d considered moving them but there was no way I could have moved the larger branch. The other option was the get closer. My travel tripod wasn’t tall enough or strong enough to have its legs submerged in the moving water. Whilst this waterfall isn’t as impressive as the Purakaunui Falls it is well worth a visit. Its a 30 minute return walk from the road and the waterfall has a 10 metre drop.