Low cloud over South Waikato

Low cloud over South Waikato

Sometimes you need to pull over to the side of the road. Especially in New Zealand when you see a lookout sign. Even more so around dawn or dusk. This is an early morning landscape. Looking west towards Raglan from the Valley lookout on State Highway 23. I was driving over the hills east towards Hamilton. Then on to Matamata, the home of Hobbitan for the 8:30am first tour of the day. This meant an early start for the 90 minute drive from my Air BnB in Raglan. This landscape might turn out to be one of my favourites of the day. Certainly my best landscape of the Waikato area of New Zealand’s North Island.

Bridal Veil Falls

The North Island’s highest waterfall. It got its name because it looks like a bridal veil. This is a tricky one to show the size but its nearly 200 feet high. If you look very closely at the top of the waterfall there is a man in a red jacket looking over the top of the falls. If I had to recommend visiting only one waterfall in New Zealand’s North Island, this would be it. The walk around the falls starts near the top and takes you down many flights of stairs to the large pool at its base. There are about 4 different lookouts from various heights along the waterfalls drop.

Lake Rotomahana

This inlet on the shore of Lake Rotomahana makes the lake look small. It is under 4 miles long with a maximum width of 1.7 miles. It is the largest crater lake in the area. Before the 1886 eruption it was two smaller lakes. Walking along the shore of the lake I took many photographs. This was my favourite as I liked the reflection of the sky and trees in the foreground. What you don’t see in this image is the frogs. Despite not seeing them, I could hear them whilst taking this photograph.

Marokopa Falls

With a height of 35 metres, the scale of this waterfall is hard to see on camera or in reality. 35 metres is about 10 floors of a building. This is by far my favourite waterfall in New Zealand and one of the most impressive I’ve seen. Located in the North Island, it’s a long drive from other attractions but well worth the effort. Captured in the pouring rain from the waterfall lookout. This is as close as you can get to the waterfall.