Wondering through the streets of central Christchurch you can’t go far without coming across amazing street art. I Always Knew You Would Come Back (2015) is one of the biggest. Australian artist Numskull’s bold typography brings Hannah Herchenbach’s words to life. The phrase was the winning entry in a competition and speaks of people’s relationship with the inner city. This wall is part of Canterbury College. In the foreground is the 605 Colombo Street car park. Getting the camera lens close to this puddle of water gave the photograph a nice reflection. Which I think is much more interesting than a gravel carpark.
Polynesian Spa at sunset
After long days of travel, with hours spent driving or walking around with a camera, a spa is the perfect treat. One of the best I’ve so far experienced in New Zealand is the Polynesian Spa in Rotorua. This was the second visit, this time at sunset. There are two natural springs that feed 28 hot mineral pools with geothermal waters. For the best experience the lake view private pools, shown above, are the way to go. You get this pool all to yourself for about 30 minutes. The water is 38.5 degrees C even in the evening. The perfect way to relax.
Redwoods Treewalk at night
One of the best things I’ve done in Rotorua is the Redwoods Nightlights treewalk. Due to it being a dusk I choose not to take my big camera and tripod. I couldn’t have used a tripod anyway as they want you to keep moving along. I do wish I had carried my camera with me as the experience was really photogenic. It’s a 40 minute walk floating around 10 to 20 metres above the forest floor. It spans across 28 suspensions brights and 27 platforms. You can see a couple of people stood on a platform to the right of this photograph. This photograph is a little blurred. Taken on my iPhone 12, I nearly didn’t publish it here. Certainly I need to do this experience again with my Sony camera.
Lake Rotoura sunset
Lake Rotorua – Te Rotorua nui ā Kahumatamomoe is a large lake just north of the town of Rotoura. I’ve been here half a dozen times but found photographing the lake itself quite a challenge. There’s great views of the lake from the Skyline Gondola that goes up Mount Ngongotaha. This visit I wanted to capture the sun setting over the lake. This wouldn’t be possible from the nearby mountain. In the end I drove the east side of the lake. Overlooking Ōwhatiura Bay this is the view of the lake from the end of Owhata Road. Just below the sun on the horizon is the centre of Rotorua.