National Park wanders…

National Park wanders…

National Park or Natty Park as the locals call it is does have what seems as its particular weather all to its self. At one time the mountain ski field at Turn can be clear but then at Whakapapa its all socked in with cloud. No wonder there is two fields to choose from. At least one of them hopefully is open during a normal winter with changeable weather.

Was sort of lucky to get some lower level snow on the trails which gives some great contrast and having such socked in weather meant that the crossing wasn’t happening so there were more people wandering about looking for alternative sights. Jus some just don’t follow the code of no jeans in the changeable weather which is a bit of a no no. They get wet and you get cold…

Anyways this is a collection from this visit. All are available with out the watermark and if you want to see BIG just click on the image and it opens in a lightbox.

Click on a pointer and a sample image will show whats there…

Mahuia Rapids

Chateau Tongariro

Taranaki Falls

Schnapps Bar. National Park Village

Historic…

Historic…

The historic old jetty at Tokaanu is a bit hard to find as there is only a small sign post on the road and its a mettle track with copious pot holes for you to navigate.

Well worth seeing this piece of New Zealand history which provided service for the steamers plying the lake transporting passengers and freight from here to Taupo town at the northern end of the lake before any form of roading was constructed. According to the info board this jetty was built around 1870 so has stood the test of time with a helping hand.

 

Whataroa Falls…

Whataroa Falls…

The Whataroa Falls are a easy hour tramp in from the roadside car park up Mountain Road on from Oropi Road south of Tauranga.

Its a really nice bush wander in and on part of the track at the start there are little signs describing the tree species that are to be seen as you make tracks.

There are also plenty of Kiwi about mainly because the locals have a intense pest eradication programme going on. If you leave at dusk you will hear them start up their social chat.

Its just great that we can have these little native gems with-in easy reach of a major city centre. We just have to make sure they stay protected…

Mount panoramic…

Mount panoramic…

This is five images blended into this panoramic which ended as a rather large file. It was so detailed i could zoom in and read some ships names so would print as a high resolution image.

Hopefully when you click on the image to open in a lightbox its resolution will show thru. A bit hard to do on a screen especially a small one. But then again you can expand with a small screen and really have a good look around. Beware this is a large file size and may take a few seconds to load up…

Off the deck…

Off the deck…

Sunrise shots off the deck.

Living north of Tauranga up in the hills so to speak we do get some fantastic sunrises that deserve imaging.

So have decided to gather up all the images into this page and add to it as the collection grows.

It can also  of interest to see the point at where the sun rises move from season to season. During the shortest days in winter it rises using this perspective on the left hand side of the Mount which will use as a bench-mark.Running towards summer this will migrate to the right.

Hope you enjoy viewing  these images as much as i have making them.

Beats waiting in Tauranga traffic trying to get to a decent spot to shot the sunrise…a rather hit and miss affair on a work day.

If you are interested in any of these images for your wall give me a shout…

Winters first day…

Winters first day…

The first day of winter started with this glorious display as the sun arose beside the great Mount Maunganui.

It can be frustrating watching the photogs living on the coast just wandering out to get dawn shots [ just a little dig ]. We all still have to get up early tho and be committed so really doesn’t matter where u are the opportunity is still there.

We wait to see how this season pans out…should be awesome as usual.

The colours of late Autumn…

The colours of late Autumn…

McLarens Falls on the Kaimai Ranges above Tauranga town are a visual feast at Autumn [ Fall ] time.

Couple that with a good drenching the nite before these images were taken produces ample water to flood the near lake side ground and get the falls themselves racing.

This is a great amenity for the Bay of Plenty area and with the booming population going on there is a constant trickle of people running thru just doing their thing or wanting some peace and quiet.

As usual any of these images are available without the watermark…lets chat.

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