Tautuku bay

Tautuku bay

Driving along the Chaslands Highway we came over a hill to see this coastal landscape. This is the view from Florence Hill Lookout. From here to the Tautuku Peninsula it’s about 2 kilometres. It’s the only place left on the east coast of the South Island where native forest fully covers a catchment from hill-tops to sea. The ancient forest with trees over 1,000 years old and grows right down to the seashore.

Nugget Point

Nugget Point

The great thing about lighthouses is the dramatic coast that usually surrounds them. Nugget Point is one of the most iconic landforms on the New Zealand coast. It’s home to many seabirds including penguins and gannets as well as a large breeding colony of fur seals. This photograph was taken in the evening from the viewing platform next to the lighthouse.

Nugget Point Lighthouse

Nugget Point Lighthouse

This is New Zealand’s most southern lighthouse. Built in 1870 it sits on the dramatic Nugget Point. I’ve seen dozens of incredible photographs of this lighthouse at night. So I was keen to point my camera at it. Sadly it was a cloudy night as the stars a much more visible in this remote part of the country. Without climbing up the cliff side it was impossible to capture the lighthouse with the nuggets (rocky islets) behind. I stuck to the path but you can see one of these nuggets in the water to the right of the lighthouse.

Purakaunui Bay Bach

Purakaunui Bay Bach

A Bach (pronounced ‘batch’) is a small, modest holiday home here in New Zealand. This photograph was taken in the far south where they’re sometimes called a crib. The bay is on the southern coast of the South Island about a two hour drive from Dunedin. This bach seemed to be empty when we were there. We’d stayed at the Purakaunui Bay campsite, which we had to ourselves. It was amazing to be able to camp right off the beach for $8 each. I’d expect this campsite would be much busier in summer. For the 12 hours we stayed here the only other person we saw was the Department of Conservation ranger. We also saw a large Sea Lion on the beach.

Sunset over the Cook Strait

Sunset over the Cook Strait

Driving along The Esplanade from Red Rocks, I stopped the car on the east side of Island Bay. You can see Taputeranga Island on the left side of this photograph. On the far right is the main land on the other side of the bay. Along the horizon you can make out the shapes of New Zealand’s South Island on the other side of the Cook Strait. What I like most is the way the rays of light from the sunset fans out into the sky.