Having been to Castlepoint around half a dozen times now, it’s my favourite lighthouse to photograph. Not just in New Zealand. I’ve shared many landscapes featuring this iconic lighthouse. Here we are looking south, back towards the small beachside settlement. At night the lighthouse is lit up in bright, coloured lights that cycle through the rainbow. As is typical for photographing this lighthouse at sunset. Just as I am about finished with my photographs, putting my camera back in the bag, the lights come up. I thought that the pink colour contrasts well with the coast landscape behind. It makes the lighthouse stand out as the focal point of the photograph.
As the ferry to Auckland city backs out of the harbour on Waiheke Island, this is the view. You can see on this headland to the north of us is the Tangaora Estate accommodation. The boats here in the bay are privately owned. Probably by residents of the island or Auckland which is less than an hour away by boat.
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.