Slope Point sign

Sign at Slope Point

The most southerly point of the South Island of New Zealand is actually Slope Point. For years I thought it was Bluff. Even after visiting the Bluff sign in 2012. Slope Point is about an hour’s drive east of Bluff towards the Catlins. It’s roughly 5 kilometres further south and well worth a look. We went around sunset so the sign was glowing in the golden sunlight. As the sign says, here you are closer to the South Pole than the Equator.

Curio Bay, Catlins

Curio Bay, Catlins

An ancient Petrified Forest lies on the shore of Curio Bay. Dating back to when dinosaurs romanced the Catlins area of New Zealand. It’s one of the world’s least disturbed examples of a Jurassic period petrified forest. Some 180 million years old. This is the view from the lookout. If you look to the right of the frame you can see some white stairs which take people down to sea level. Here you can get up close to the hundreds of fossilised tree stumps with their growth rings.

Milky Way from Haldane Bay

Milky Way from Haldane Bay

Camping at Haldane Bay, east of Slope Point I was lucky enough to be treated to a clear night sky. After a couple of cloudy nights, this was a real treat. Especially as it was my first astrophotography shot with a new camera and lens. Antares is the bright star at the top of the Milky Way. I had assumed that the bright light reflecting on the bay was Mars but my friend James informs me this is Jupiter. The camera settings were a 30-second exposure on a 14mm f/2.8 lens at ISO 6400 on the Sony A7iii camera.

McLean Falls

McLean Falls

One of the best waterfalls in the Southland area of New Zealand. Here you can see both the upper and lower waterfalls. Captured with a wide 14mm lens and a 2 second long exposure time. It is a popular spot with tourists. I waited 45 minutes for people to get out of my framing of this photograph. Those with a keen eye might be able to spot one person in this capture but at least they were wearing black. The tourist with the fluorescent pink top had moved at least.