Thunder Creek Falls – Haast

Tall and thin waterfall surrounded by thick, green foliage and a rushing river in the foreground.

This waterfall has been on my list to revisit for nearly 10 years. Back in 2013 I had an extremely wet visit to the Thunder Creek Falls. It rained so hard that even with the camera in a waterproof bag it stopped working after two shots. Revisiting it meant many extra hours of driving. Fortunately it was up the West Coast of the South Island which is a spectacular drive. It was raining when I took this photograph. Using a 30 second long exposure I was lucky not to get too much rain or spray on the lens. This is a 28 metre tall waterfall. It is great to revisit locations like this with more time and better equipment. When comparing the two photographs it’s clear to me which had more thought go into it and which was a quick snap shot.

Dawson Falls – Te Were o Noke

Te Rere o Noke (Dawson Falls) is an 18 metre waterfall in Mt Egmont National Park. It’s one of the most popular and accessible falls in the Taranaki region. There are a few stairs making the track not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers. The road to the carpark is sealed and from there it is a 20 minute walk to the waterfall. We arrived in the early evening in summer. If I had had more time it would have been nice to get closer to the falls, maybe even gone for a swim. We still had another hour or so drive to our accomodation that day so this had to be a quick stop.

The Devil’s Pulpit Waterfall

Unless you love photographing waterfalls, I would not recommend going here. It’s quite dangerous to get down into the gorge. It was the last evening of our short trip to Scotland, I realised we hadn’t seen many big or dramatic waterfalls. So this one is thanks to Flickr or was it Instagram? I forget exactly where I discovered the Devil’s Pulpit. Turned out to be less than half an hour away from where we were staying and not too much of a detour. When we visited, there was no easy places to park on either the B834 or the A809 roads. After a few back and forths we found somewhere to park and walked into the woods around Finnich Glen. This is Carnock Burn. There’s a footpath on the south side of the gorge. Then a very steep, slippery ancient stone steps called Jacob’s Ladder. There wasn’t a rope there when we went but it could do with one, especially on a rainy day. Taken with a tripod and the camera zoomed in to create this perspective. Finnich Glen isn’t anywhere near as narrow as it looks in this photograph.

Vivian Falls

Vivian Falls

In the Harker Reserve the Vivian Falls were the most difficult to find during my 2019 tour of New Zealand’s North Island. They are in the north west of the Waikato region, only an hours drive south of Auckland. When I parked up the car I missed seeing the small sign and gate. This meant I ended up walking through the whole reserve. Which was a nice bush walk but ended up walking for a couple of hours looking for this waterfall which turned out to be less than 50 metres from where I had parked. It’s not the easiest one to get down too. Theres some very slippy stairs. It’s a 12 metre drop waterfall in this horse tail style. It is much more difficult to photograph in this landscape format but I liked the mosses of the greenery on the side. This is a 3.2 second long exposure. I did try some vertical shots but prefer posting landscape aspect photographs.