Golden Bay, New Zealand
Over a recent long weekend, I visited Golden Bay, New Zealand. This is a beautiful area of New Zealand and well worth a visit if you are coming this way. I have shown a lot of these photos in various weekly photo challenges in recent weeks but have put them all together in this post.
The map below provides some detail of the area. It shows Golden Bay at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. The pin is in a little township called Collingwood. You can see Wellington on the map. Wellington is at the southern end of the North Island and is the capital of New Zealand. Feel free to scroll in and out to obtain more detail and context about the location.
Onekaka wharf is found off the main road between Takaka and Collingwood. It is a fabulous location for photographers with a beach consisting of large boulders, a ‘relic’ wharf and significant birdlife. Some photos that I made at sunrise in this area are shown below.
Wharariki Beach is found at the northern end of the West Coast. It has great sand dunes and sea stacks. Unfortunately, when I was there a significant wind was also present so I didn’t risk my camera to the elements amongst the sand dunes. Nevertheless, I didn’t have the same reservations about the sea stacks. It is particularly useful being there at low tide to obtain reflections and luckily for me the tide was low at sunset. Here are a few images.
A few other locations in the area
I also visited Abel Tasman National Park, the base of Farewell Spit, the area down south towards the northern end of the Heathy Track (a multi day tramp/hike/trek) and Whanganui Inlet while on this visit. Below are a few photos showing some of these locations.