Journey notes: Getting Auckland – Photofocus

I have observed myself going about aged excursion notes and images from recent adventures, longing to go back. A single this kind of trip we did was a thirty day period-prolonged self-drive all around the North Island of New Zealand. For me, it was a dream arrive real and this kind of an awesome experience. I assumed I’d share some of the highlights with you.

Initially off, we located it extremely effortless to get a auto and self-generate our way all-around New Zealand. It permitted us to have far more gear, cease in which we desired and shell out as significantly time as we wished in every place. We also had no accommodation booked aside from our initially night when we flew in. Our total journey was pushed till we required to cease, and remain as very long as preferred, when it got to about 3 p.m., we determined how considerably even more we’d travel that day and then locate lodging for the evening. We never ever went with no a spot to snooze, while from time to time what we got was unanticipated. We stayed in 2-star and 5-star accommodations and usually for the exact price tag! It truly was an adventure.


We flew from Australia into Auckland, received our automobile, found our lodge and then hit the ground working. There are a lot of notable matters to explore in Auckland, but as we experienced been below prior to we didn’t shell out substantially time revisiting much too many previous spots, but there are a couple of of be aware we did on this excursion.

Cornwall Park and A person Tree Hill

So named for the lone tree that used to sit on best but was eliminated for community basic safety, there now sits a monument. It is a pretty steep and long climb. It is total of pet dog walkers and walkers, but has these kinds of a charming check out on a very clear morning. A pleasant extensive-angle will acquire some charming scenic photographs if you can capture your breath after the climb.

Piha Seaside

Piha Beach front and Lion’s Head Rock are quite well known spots in New Zealand, the backdrop to a lot of motion pictures and Tv collection, from “The Piano” to “800 Words” and many extra. It’s about 40 km from Auckland, so very a push. We did it on a very hot Sunday! So foolish, it was so busy. Took ages to discover a vehicle park and there were so quite a few people. Plenty of folks seeking to discover to surf as effectively. Way too lots of folks to properly surf, I am sure.

This is a black sand seaside and exceptionally warm to walk on. Honestly, if you want to test out Piha Seaside do NOT go on a weekend or General public vacation. There is restricted parking accessible and I’m not absolutely sure you can get there without a motor vehicle. I just utilized a common 28-75mm lens at both of those shorelines. It was way much too incredibly hot to stand in black sand and do very long exposures. Did get some fairly reflections and surfers just for enjoyable.

Bethells Beach

We then drove to Bethells Beach front, which is only 7 km from Piha as the crow flies, but can take 45 minutes by auto! Not quite as busy, but even now masses of people today out experiencing this pretty Sunday afternoon. Also a very very hot black sand seaside, which is produced of iron and silica, in the North Island. The black sands come from volcanic rocks and dominate the 750 km of shoreline between Taranaki and Cape Rēinga in the considerably north. Auckland’s black sands are mined and smelted into iron.

To be truthful, we were being not very sure what all the fuss was about. Bethells Seashore was not really as scenic as Piha. It’s a Extended wander from the automobile park to the drinking water over Extremely very hot sand. Quite a few people would halt partway in the creek to interesting off their feet — canines integrated. There is a great place for children to engage in and there is a Existence Guard Station in this article. We observed a wonderful cafe and cooled off with a consume just before heading off once more.

Area Winter Gardens

Back in Auckland is the Area Wintertime Gardens, so beautiful, with the greenhouses, fantastic hothouse bouquets, lotus and bumble bees! We don’t have bumble bees back again home and I am fascinated with them. Just take a macro lens to these gardens, amongst all the bouquets and bumble bees, you will be fast paced. You may want a 50mm to even 28mm -70mm for some scenic photographs, it is a incredibly very place.

Auckland, New Zealand


  • There are other sights to pay a visit to in and about Auckland, Rangitoto Island, Auckland Zoo, Sky Tower, Viaduct Harbour, Karekare Rainforest, and Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Everyday living, Experience Park, Howick Historical Village just to identify a few.
  • If your time in Auckland is constrained, imagine about scheduling a guided working day tour all over Auckland by itself (We did that on our 1st take a look at quite a few yrs ago).
  • Hit the vacationer spots, have fun and examine, in all places you look is a feast for the eyes.
  • Never overlook the galleries and museums, the gardens, and the parks. The Harbour is incredibly rather much too.