Purakaunui Falls

Purakaunui Falls

One of New Zealand’s most photographed waterfalls in the heart of the Catlins Forest Park. It was the first waterfall of my weekend camping in the Catlins this winter. Waterfalls are on of my favourite subjects. The weather was perfect for this type of photography. It was cloudy, dry but had been raining in the previous days. Purakaunui Falls are a short 20 minute walk through the forest from the carpark. As you can see the waterfall has three main drops but the total height is 20 metres. Taken from the lower viewing platform. This was a 5 second exposure time to capture the movement of the water.

Stanley Ghyll Falls

Stanley Ghyll Falls in Lake District

Eskdale is in the heart of the Lake District National Park. One of my favourite walks is from the tiny railway station to this waterfall. The path is steep and unfenced. The narrow gorge reminds me of parts of New Zealand. At the end of the path you come to this dramatic 60 foot high waterfall. This was my second time visiting Stanley Ghyll Falls. It’s a magical location that I’d like to visit again and again.

Fairy Falls – Waitakere Ranges

Fairy Falls - Waitakere Ranges

A short but hilly walk from the car park on Scenic Drive, through the bush led me to Fairy Falls. This is a 15 metre tall waterfall in the central part of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. If you look closely at the top of the falls you can see a walkway going across them. There is a series of upper falls beyond that. This was as far back as I could go without standing in the stream or disappearing into the bush.

Lady Bowen Falls

Lady Bowen Falls

Lady Bowen Falls is one of two of the permanent waterfalls all year round on Milford Sound. This is the view from a cruise coming back towards Freshwater Basin where the boats dock. The Bowen River runs south for about 8 km before flowing from a hanging valley to become the 162 metre high falls. They provide all the electricity via a small hydroelectric scheme as well as water to the settlement at Milford Sound.