The best view of central Napier is from Clyde Road. This is a very small and residential street. I would not recommend driving up to this part of Bluff Hill. It’s a short but steep walk up the hill from the city. From here we get a fantastic view of some of the iconic Art Deco architecture of Napier. In the foreground is The Country Hotel on Browning Street. A couple of blocks back is The Dome on the corner of Emerson Street and Marine Parade. This spot also shows how flat the city is. Perfect for walking or cycling along the waterfront. It also gives a lovely view south out into the Hawke Bay. This was taken on a clear evening so we can see all the way to Cape Kidnappers peninsula, about 15 kilometres south.
Whenever visiting a city I’m on the look out for lookouts. The city of Napier has Bluff Hill Lookout. This spot doesn’t have a view of the central city to the south. Looking north over Breakwater Road gives this great view down into the Port of Napier. In the foreground the purple flowers are agapanthus. They’re a pretty flower but here in New Zealand they are an invasive weed that has become a threat to native plants. Napier Port is the second largest export port in New Zealand. Exporting a lot of apples, pears stone fruit and wine grown in the Hawke Bay area. As you can see there is also a huge amount of wood that leaves the country from this port.
Kaikōura is a small town on New Zealand’s east coast of the South Island. It is famous for whale watching and seal colony. Both of which are popular with tourists. It’s also famous for the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake which cut off train and vehicle access to the town. Exploring the rocky coast around Point Kean Viewpoint, I was looking for Seals to photograph. It was dawn and the sun was rising but the seals were few and far between. Seeing the pink hues that the light from the sunrise was casting on the Kaikōura Range, I wanted to capture this. So I started looking around for a pool of water. This rock pool in the foreground was only about a metre across. Getting on my knees and putting the camera almost on the surface of the water, I was able to capture the mountain range reflected in the water.
Kaiarahi is one of Interislander’s ferry. Seen here sailing into Queen Charlotte Sound. We had to wait about half an hour our ferry for the Kaiarahi to leave Picton Harbour. Taken from another Interislander ferry looking north, back towards the island we had come from. Going between New Zealand’s North Island and South Island there are a couple of options. Flying is the quickest and most convenient. If you want to take a vehicle with you, the ferry is the way to go. There are two companies, Blue Bridge and Interislander. I’ve done the crossing half a dozen times now, it takes around 3 to 4 hours. A lot of this depends on the weather. The Cook Strait can have high winds and waves. We got lucky with the weather on the morning we sailed south. Even seeing some dolphins as we entered the Malborough Sounds.