A 10 minute drive from Whangārei city centre is the amazing Whangārei Falls. This is a close up of the falls from the north side. If you look closely you might be able to see a couple of people at the lookout to the left of the top of the falls. That lookout is only a couple of minutes walk from the carpark. It’s a bit more of a walk down through the trees, over the footbridge to the Hatea River’s edge. This was a very contrasting scene. It was taken around 11am when this photograph was taken. The sun was very bright and the waterfall in shadow. Using a tripod and filter over the lens of my camera I was able to blur the water. The height of the Whangārei Falls is around 26 metres. We were quite lucky that it had been raining recently as this was taken in the height of summer when there is often little to no water coming over the falls. In the summer Whangārei Falls often looks more like this.
When visiting the Whangārei Falls it is well worth taking the time to go south from the car park into the trees. The footpath leads down to the Hatea River away from the falls. After years of photographing waterfalls I find it worth exploring as many angles of the falls that you can, both close up and far away. This photograph was taken only about 400 metres away. The trees in the foreground frame the waterfall. At first I wasn’t going to get my camera out for this one. The footbridge was “in the way”. On second thought I am glad I did set up the camera and tripod. There were even a couple of people closer to the falls. You can’t see them as the camera is quite low to the water. I like how the trees obsucure most of the sky and how the Hatea River leads the eye through the photograph to the falls.
Also known as Falls Creek Falls. Christie Falls is a 15 metre heigh cascade type waterfall. It’s just on the side of the Milford Road (State Highway 94. Between Milford Sound and Te Anau. I would recommend stopping here on the way back from Milford Sound as there is a small parking area near the bridge just before the Falls Creek. It was a sunny day with a lot of clear blue sky, not ideal for waterfalls. A cloudly day or at dawn or dusk would be a better time for this photograph. You can see the reflections of the sky on the shiny rocks about half way up the falls on the left. I find this a little distracting, particularly the tiny bits of blue sky reflected. This seems unnatural and a little distracting from these impressive falls.
One of the must see waterfalls in New Zealand. Bowen Falls has a massive height of 162 metres. It’s one of the first things you’ll see on a day cruise of Milford Sound. It’s just off the boat to the right at Cemetery Point. Just out of the photograph to the right of this is Freshwater Basin where the cruise ships dock. Looking at the NZ Topo Map there appears to be a Bowen Falls Walk which maybe something to explore on my next trip to this area. You can also do a kayaking trip which I’m sure gets you much closer to the edge of the falls than I was here, stood on the deck of a cruise ship.