New Zealand has hundreds of photogenic waterfalls but one of my recent discoveries was Whangarei Falls. Just a couple of hours drive north of Auckland it is a fantastic stop for a picnic or walk along the Hatea River. The walk I took around the falls took less than an hour and gave a couple of good views of the falls. This photograph was taken at the start of the walk looking down on the falls from the first lookout point.
Waterfalls tend to be equally challenging and interesting to photograph in my opinion. Whangarei Falls was difficult to get a good angle with the camera due to the trees around the site. However, not only was it well signposted the district council had provided a couple of walking tracks around the area. I took the shorter half hour loop that zig-zagged through the mature bush. The falls are over 26 metres high. Traditionally this area was a fishing spot for local Maori. Today it is a popular picnic spot.
Waterfalls have always been a subject that has been of photographic interest to me. After visiting the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in the Northland, I came across a sign to the Haruru Falls. In the 1800s there were more than 100 Maori villages along the banks of the Haruru River. The word Haruru in Maori means “big noise”. As you can see this is quite unusual as the falls are horseshoe-shaped.
Huka Falls is one of the must see tourist attractions on the road between Rotorua and Taupo, just off the Thermal Explorer Highway. The water in fact drains from the Waikato River into Lake Taupo. It is actually a set of waterfalls that run down a narrow canyon of only about 15 metres across. This makes it tricky to photograph. The above photo was taken from a footbridge over the falls. Amazingly, the flow of water through here is about 220,000 litres per second!