Vacation notes: Auckland to Whangarei

Men and women are normally surprised when we vacation, by just how considerably distance we are likely to go over in a excursion. We are not inclined to sit in one particular location and relax, I discover I can do that at home. We enjoy to check out and have adventures.

We drove through a extremely fairly countryside to historical Waipu Cove, (which basically has a white sand beach). Onerahi Marina, with drinking water so turquoise, was incredibly very as properly, a wonderful place for coffee. We at last reached our spot Whangarei. (WH in Maori is pronounced F – so this area can bring about a little bit of confusion. Fangarhay is what most locals seem to pronounce it.)

Whangarei Waterfall

With some daylight still left, we headed out to the Waterfall situated right in town, a nearby swimming gap for some. It is easily accessed and witnessed from the prime, but so wonderful and worthy of the wander down to the base. It’s also a relatively straightforward stroll for an old cripple like me. It is also lovely and great in the shade. Attractive going for walks tracks and picnic tables make for a really fairly picnic location.

I acquired a new broad-angle lens for this journey. So, we set up the tripods and expended a attractive afternoon playing with very long exposures and checking out the waterfall spot. I was still very new to bracketing back then but I resolved to devote a reasonable little bit of time training. We had also brought our ND filters and resolved to use them way too to develop all those pretty silky waterfall photographs. One of my most loved matters to photograph while touring is waterfalls.

It was really demanding with deep shadows at the base of the waterfalls and brilliant apparent skies. Not the most excellent capturing variables, but unfortunately occasionally although touring you require to operate with what circumstances you have. I located that significant-distinction black and white could normally mask these lighting difficulties.

Hidden treasure and regional places


  • Normally carry a tripod and ND filters with you (anywhere doable) you under no circumstances know what you are going to obtain when exploring.
  • Have a fantastic ranged zoom (probably 18-300mm) or a variety of lenses if at all probable. Not generally one thing that can be performed but a good solid telephoto zoom is a wonderful area to start off when traveling.
  • Usually have a hat, sunscreen and drinking water. A few snack bars or nuts are a excellent plan. You never ever know when your subsequent halt for supplies is heading to be.
  • Stop by the vacationer spots, but also communicate to the locals and get an thought for a couple of concealed treasures.