Southern Alps from glacier

Stood atop the Franz Josef Glacier this is the view of the Minarets Mountain range. I believe we might have landed on either the Geikie or Chamberlin Snowfield. Either way we are looking south east towards New Zealand’s Southern Alps mountain range. This photo is a reminder to also capture a few camera phone photos in important spots so you have the GPS location to look back on at a later date.

Peel Monument in Ramsbottom

One of my favourite walks recently was the short walk up Holcombe Hill. Maybe it was the company that day, or the great weather. From in front of the Peel Monument we could clearly see the skyline of Manchester city centre a good few miles south of here. Ramsbotton is a very picturesque place to visit and I look forward to spending more time there in future. Peel Monument is a memorial tower to Sir Robert Peel, a Prime Minister of the UK in the mid 19th century.

Mount Maunganui

This was only my second visit to Tauranga and the first time overnight. Whilst I was extremely tired from previous days of travel. I was determined to walk to the top of Mount Maunganui and capture this photograph. Especially given it was a sunny summers day. The Mount is 232 metres above sea level and it took me around 40 minutes to walk to the top. This view south east of the peninsula is unique and spectacular. With the town of Mount Maunganui in the foreground. On the right is Pilot Bay beach and the Tauranga Harbour. On the left is the Mount Mauganui main beach and Marine Parade Reserve. The small island is Motuotau Island with the Bay of Plenty stretching out the horizon beyond.

Gisborne from Kaiti Hill

Arriving in a new place is always exciting to me. First priority is finding a nearby lookout or hill to get something of an aerial view of a place. In Gisborne this involved a short drive up Queens Drive through the Titirangi Reserve to the top of Kaiti Hill. This was the view looking north across the Turanganui River to the central city. Gisborne is the last city in New Zealand that I hadn’t visited before. It has a population of around 38,000 and is in the east coast of the North Island. I was only in the city for about 24 hours and the weather wasn’t great for landscape photography. I do want to spend more time in this part of the country though. I’d love to drive around the coast on state highway 35.