Bridal Veil Falls

The North Island’s highest waterfall. It got its name because it looks like a bridal veil. This is a tricky one to show the size but its nearly 200 feet high. If you look very closely at the top of the waterfall there is a man in a red jacket looking over the top of the falls. If I had to recommend visiting only one waterfall in New Zealand’s North Island, this would be it. The walk around the falls starts near the top and takes you down many flights of stairs to the large pool at its base. There are about 4 different lookouts from various heights along the waterfalls drop.

Marokopa Falls

With a height of 35 metres, the scale of this waterfall is hard to see on camera or in reality. 35 metres is about 10 floors of a building. This is by far my favourite waterfall in New Zealand and one of the most impressive I’ve seen. Located in the North Island, it’s a long drive from other attractions but well worth the effort. Captured in the pouring rain from the waterfall lookout. This is as close as you can get to the waterfall.

Taranaki Falls

The Taranaki Falls walk is an easy and picturesque 2 hour loop. I very nearly didn’t get this photograph as it was pouring with rain the morning this was captured. Even it the rain this was one of the most impressive waterfalls in New Zealand. It has a height of 20 metres which is hard to show on camera without including people for scale. Due to the heavy rain I had to wipe the camera lens between each shot. The rain also accounts for the hazey nature of the image. Even after applying Lightroom’s Dehaze feature. I plan to revisit this location on a nicer day. Or even at night to see if I can get a clear photograph of this amazing waterfall.

Tawhai Falls – Gollums Pool

Driving through the Tongariro National Park, my first stop was here. Tawhai Falls is only a 10 minute drive from the small town of National Park. The Tawhai Falls are 13 metres high. It was the filming location of Gollum’s pool, where Faramir and his archers are watching Gollum fish. I recently invested in some neutral density filters which are like sunglasses for the camera. They let me use a much longer exposure time, which gives this cotton wool effect of the movement of the water. Even though it was raining, I made sure the camera was on the tripod. Using different filters to better understand the effects. This version was one of the longer exposure times of 20 seconds. When converted to monochrome I liked the effect of the soft blurred water contrasting against the hard rocks.