Vacation notes: Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

If you ever get the likelihood to vacation to New Zealand, a need to-see is the Coromandel Peninsula. So a great deal to see and do, which include Coromandel Town, Whitianga, Cathedral Cove and the Mercury Bay Marine Reserve. For the photographer and mother nature lover, it is a legitimate gem.

Coromandel Bay


Coromandel is a favourite holiday break spot for Kiwis and website visitors alike, with pristine sandy beaches and comfortable holiday break vibes. A lovely oasis to cease, chill out and appreciate the lovely weather conditions. Seeing some genuinely breathtaking scenery as we drove up and about the mountains with the bay eventually coming into see ahead of us. We booked into our hotel and then headed out to check out the city of Coromandel by itself, so quaint and beachy.

We organized our boat tour for the subsequent working day. This time we did a whole lot much more study and picked a modest craft that held no extra than 16 passengers, the skipper was also a photographic enthusiast and made available distinctive photographic tours of the Bay, the Cove and out to the Maritime Reserve … just what we wished!

We then listened to about the Driving Creek Railway and drove up there for the late afternoon teach trip and a fast wander all around.

Driving Creek Railway

This is the aspiration of Potter Barry Brickell who started this challenge in 1973. Making 3 km of this remarkable narrow-gauge railway monitor in incredibly steep bushland, largely by hand! We hopped on board the minor practice for a most satisfying and instructive 1-hour teach excursion up the mountain to the Eye-Complete Tower for wonderful sights out more than the bay. It was also pretty and awesome among the the trees. Stuffed with handmade tunnels and various sculptures and large pottery items together the monitor. It was rather dim and the practice a little way too quick building it difficult to acquire great images even though the coach was moving. But a thoroughly pleasurable afternoon and effectively worth the side vacation.

Again at our motel home for a delightful cool drink and nibbles while seeing the sunset. It couldn’t have been far more ideal for a view out over the bay from our deck.

Sunset View from our Motel room

Whitianga Wharf

Driving up by the hills from Coromandel City to Whitianga Wharf was pleasant in the great early early morning. We explored the little coast city just before heading to our zodiac with Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruises.

Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruises

We experienced the most remarkable working day on the h2o with our skipper, Ken, a keen photographer himself. He took us to all the finest spots. Cathedral Cove, Orua Sea Cave and some fantastic coastlines. This 2.5-hour cruise was surely a spotlight of our journey. Incredible photos and even noticed a hammerhead shark in the maritime park. Getting picked a smaller vessel and educated cruise operator we ended up self-assured of getting the greatest views and amazing pictures from a nearby who realized the region very well. So a lot greater than the substantial cruise boats we have had in the previous. Not to point out becoming on a zodiac on the h2o was these kinds of a thrill.

I wished we had used far more time that just a handful of days in this article. I would dearly love to come back again to this gorgeous coastal spot.


  • It’s rather choppy on the drinking water, so test and have your shutter velocity at the very least 1/1600 to 1/2500 2nd, ISO can be at least ISO400 — 640
  • It is hard to say the minimum to transform lenses though on the drinking water, salt spray, movement and so forth. So decide on a lens and stick with it. I took a 18-200mm.
  • If you are going out on the h2o, a CPL (Round Polarizer Filter) can help cut down glare and can enable you to capture the motion underneath the surface if you are lucky to see some.
  • Of study course, don’t forget water, sunscreen, a hat, and a lens cleaner to remove the sea spray you will inevitably get on your lens. A UV filter/protector may perhaps be a superior financial investment as well.
  • When not taking pictures, check out to maintain your digicam and lens lined to shield them from salt spray and water.