Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve is in the east coast of the Cornmandel peninsula. It’s one of the regions most popular tourist attractions. Having visited this area before I was keen to walk down there as I hadn’t made time to do this in the past. This photograph was the main reason I decided to stay the night in the nearby town of Hariri. I wish I could have stayed longer. The photograph was taken at 8pm in the evening in mid November so the sun had just set. I wanted to capture the detail in the top of the archway as well as the famous Te Hoho Rock behind. This was taken on a tripod with a 6 second exposure. I didn’t bring torches to get back up the footpath which is a good lesson learned to keep a torch in the bag. There was quite a few people around but I got lucky to not include them in this view. 5 minutes later there were many people. It would be interesting to go back in winter and see if there could be some stars behind the rock on a clear night.
Constructed in 1858 this is one of Australia’s most important lighthouses. Standing bright at the southern entrance to Port Jackson and Sydney Harbour. In my two week trip to Sydney, this was location was the furthest I ventured from the city. Taking a ferry from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay. Then walking the 3 kilometres around Green Point Reserve and Camp Cove to the lighthouse. On the other side of the water is North Head on the right and the lights of Manly behind the light house.
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.
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.