Looking across Westhaven marina to New Zealand’s largest city Auckland. Viaduct harbour nestled between Westhaven and downtown Auckland was home to the Americas cup racing on the Waitamata Harbour
Auckland by night
The night lights of Auckland City.
I found the perfect place to set up a night shot and take this photo of the city from Northcote Point. Sky Tower lit for Christmas.
Kerikeri’s stone store.
The first store in New Zealand in the picturesque north
Where the fog sinks seamlessly into the sea.
The absolute lack of definition between the sea and the sky on the Hokianga Harbour was beautiful. This ruin of a wharf at Kohukohu matched the setting perfectly.
Sailing out of the fog to the small village of Rawene.
The finger of land is worth a visit with it’s old houses, bright colors and the way it sits into the harbour. Lovely.
Coromandel and it’s remarkable beaches.
The beaches here are amazing, I was visiting a few by bicycle, the distances between are favourable and the water was perfect to swim. The views are breathtaking, and have been used in the Chronicles of Narnia and it’s magical kingdom
This would have to be the perfect seaside city in New Zealand.
The beaches are alive with activity, the mount is a solid little walk that gets the heart pumping. Cafes and restaurants and people outdoor enjoying the location.
The heart of the Brewers.
The road here is a journey in itself! Once you arrive there are hiking trails to waterfalls, nearby lakes and the multi day hike around the lake itself.
Taupo’s secret swimming locations.
This point on the edge of the lake has the most crystal clear waters and a rock formation just perfect for jumping into the lake. The water can be surprisingly warm (but don't count on it) and when it is, it’s the best spot in the lake!
Dawn in the Wairarapa
A good reason to get up early.
The skies over the Wairarapa are beautiful. Sunrise and sunset can be mesmerising. The reason for being up for sunrise is easy, the Wairarapa is host to a hot air balloon festival and dawn is the best time to fly.
Heading to the McKenzie country?
The store here is worth a good break in your journeys and time to brows through the cars and collectables that have been lovingly kept here.
The good shepherd
This church has stood the test of time and attracts visitors from around the world as they make their way past Lake Tekapo in the McKenzie country. The beach is a great place to take a walk and if you’re keen, continue up Mount John where the observatory is. The very keen can stay and enjoy the stars in some of the clearest skies in the country.
Hiking up the Hooker Valley.
This walk is a great hike that nearly anyone can do. It gently rises up the Hooker Valley, crossing the Hooker River three times as you make your way to the moraine. Mount Cook stands very proudly in the Southern Alps and captures the sunlight and all it’s colors perfectly.
Shattered ice making it’s way down Tasman Lake.
The glacier itself is some distance up the lake and really, if you can, the flight over it and up the glacier is well worth it. Mount Cook stands on the left side, rising steeply and dominantly above the lake and glacier.
Tasman Glacier landing
Flights to the glacier make visiting this location so easy.
I know that for the real outdoors person, the only way would be to hike, but the flight really is a treat. The views over the ice from above are incredible, with giant blocks of ice stacked and shaped like some sloe motion accordion playing the landscape.
This glacier lays at the end of a long road around Lake Wanaka in into the mountains. The walk itself is not very long but climes steadily to several great view points. The glacier sits on top of a huge cliff face with waterfalls and occasional rock fall too.
Paragliding Treble Cone.
One of my pastimes is to paraglide and this location in the Souther Alps near Wanaka is one of the popular places to fly. The options to get away for a cross country flight are good and the views are stunning, Looking across Lake Wanaka, Glendhu Bay and straight down on Twin Falls.
Relics of gold mining.
Gold mining arrived on the Shooter River but before too long a moratorium was put on the mining to protect the river for future generations. These days the big activity here is the Shooter Jet Boats and further along the canyon, rope, swing and bungee activities.
Adventure capital of New Zealand.
A town that provides for as many adrenaline seeking individuals as it can. Activities run all year round here with day and night options fully covered.
Pearls of an unusual nature.
The layers of sediment slowly cemented into these spheres, and exposed by coastal erosion
Shag point Sealion.
The coast is pretty cool to explore and is home to a large number of birds and sealions like this one, basking on the rocks.
This long beach runs from the Rainbow Islands to Tautuku Peninsula. Easy, refreshing and relaxing walking. If you need a coffee, check out the Lost Gypsy at Papatowai just a few kilometres north of the beach.
Gog and behind me, Magog of the Fraser Peaks on Stewart Island. This is my most exiting piece of rock in New Zealand. I love it. If you get the chance, it’s worth an explore, but it’s challenging to get to. The bush on Stewart Island can become nearly impenetrable at times and the coast is unforgiving.
After crossing Lake Manapouri and Wilmot Pass you arrive in Doubtful Sound. The only way to travel here is on the water. It’s an amazing place to be, cruising through the fiord.
Mitre Peak is iconic in Fiordland. The drive here is remarkable and the destination, stunning. A number of boat cruises head out to sea from here and return an hour or so later, and if the sun is out, it’s perfect.
The entrance to Fiordland for many, the road follows the river up to the Hollyford Valley before heading over the mountains to Milford Sound. An absolutely perfect place to be. Fiordland is certainly worthy of the best national parks and world heritage areas that it a member of.
Following the Routeburn stream into the mountains is one of the best hikes in NZ. The changes in scenery are dramatic and the views are superb
At the top of the Routeburn track is Lake Harris, trapped in teh mountains of some forgotten or mythical place.
The Haast river valley as seen from paraglider, gliding through silky smooth air. An area renown for rain, Haast on a sunny day is extraordinarily hard to beat.
Morning mist clinging to the hills and mirror flat water is the prefect way to wake to a new day. This is joy of travel, of a night spent on the ground, of stepping out to discover this world we live on.