Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre

Christchurch has changed a lot over the last few years. Opened in 2021 Te Pat convention centre is the main facility in the Christchurch Convention Centre Precinct. The theatre inside seats 1400 people. The exterior titles reflect the Canterbury region’s braided rivers. The architectural design is inspired by both our people and our place, with a strong design influence from the region’s mana whenua (people of the land). As soon as I can I’m planning an evening photo shoot around central Christchurch. The Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre will be high on the list of buildings to photograph at dusk.

Wellington Marina at dawn

Wellington Marina at dawn

Wellington has a couple of marina’s for yachts. This was taken just before dawn in front of Te Papa the Museum of New Zealand. Looking east towards the lovely apartments of Clyde Quay Wharf on the left and 22 Herd Street on the right. In the background is Mount Victoria. Surprisingly this was a taken on my phone and not at all planned. I had decided to go for a short walk around the waterfront rather than going to the gym. Often a harbours water is much stiller in the morning than the evening. 

Whangārei Falls

Whangārei Falls

A 10 minute drive from Whangārei city centre is the amazing Whangārei Falls. This is a close up of the falls from the north side. If you look closely you might be able to see a couple of people at the lookout to the left of the top of the falls. That lookout is only a couple of minutes walk from the carpark. It’s a bit more of a walk down through the trees, over the footbridge to the Hatea River’s edge. This was a very contrasting scene. It was taken around 11am when this photograph was taken. The sun was very bright and the waterfall in shadow. Using a tripod and filter over the lens of my camera I was able to blur the water. The height of the Whangārei Falls is around 26 metres. We were quite lucky that it had been raining recently as this was taken in the height of summer when there is often little to no water coming over the falls. In the summer Whangārei Falls often looks more like this.

Hatea River to Whangārei Falls

Hatea River to Whangārei Falls

When visiting the Whangārei Falls it is well worth taking the time to go south from the car park into the trees. The footpath leads down to the Hatea River away from the falls. After years of photographing waterfalls I find it worth exploring as many angles of the falls that you can, both close up and far away. This photograph was taken only about 400 metres away. The trees in the foreground frame the waterfall. At first I wasn’t going to get my camera out for this one. The footbridge was “in the way”. On second thought I am glad I did set up the camera and tripod. There were even a couple of people closer to the falls. You can’t see them as the camera is quite low to the water. I like how the trees obsucure most of the sky and how the Hatea River leads the eye through the photograph to the falls.