National Park wanders…

National Park wanders…

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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…

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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.

 

Autumn at Tongariro National Park…

Autumn at Tongariro National Park…

Have assembled these images in a rough time-line as there was a early dumping of snow part way thru a visit creating a before and after scenario.

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Lake Rotoaira on a still misty morning after a nite of heavy rain.

The mist was just hanging around Pihanga on the other side of the lake creating a other worldly effect which is symptomatic of a damp autumn morning. Makes for great atmosphere but not blazing golden sunrises …

Ngauruhoe presents a different mood in autumn before the first of new southerly storms bring a dash of snow to its slopes. The cloud using long exposure techniques creates a soft texture in comparison to the rough rocky volcanic slopes…

This is Girdlestone Peak on Ruapehu with part of the chair-lift of Turoa at the bottom.

This place on this occasion was just howling with wind. Had to shelter behind a ski-field building to try and keep the camera still long enough for a long exposure in the stiller wind gusts with some interesting clouds rolling thru at the same time. Bit of a juggle but success crowns effort mostly…

The Pinnacle ridge on Ruapehu…

With a light dusting of fresh new pre winter snow on its slopes the Pinnacle Ridge takes on a other worldly look with a long exposure technique to blur out the swiftly passing cloud cover. Almost a hard and soft texture effect which highlights the rugged aspect of the ridge-line…

Ngauruhoe pre snow with a passing cloud cap seems to take on a soft side. Don’t be fooled…its cold and windy up there.

Pre snow also makes for a harsh terrain image. Theres still beauty there tho…

The hike to the Tama lakes is not that hard. Its another 1.5 hours or so on from the Taranaki Falls and on this day the wind was just howling…literally. You can see the ice on one side of the bush on the right and the rocks…brrrr.

Ngauruhoe with a cap of cloud using a long exposure technique. A bit tricky in a howling gale tho…

The track to the Tamaiti Lakes from the Chateau end is really well formed. DOC has spent some money. Its a easy wander for a few hours and the mountain view is awesome…

The Wairere Stream which feeds the Taranaki Falls which are just below these rapids. Ruapehu stands proud at the head under a veil of cloud…

Ngauruhoe does seem to create its own weather when the others are clear. So needed to make a problem into a solution…make it look like a rock on the sea-shore…sort off.

And conversely at sunset the cloud takes on a whole different persona…

Never found out what these trees were. Anyways they produce a neat contrast between the sign of Autumn and the sight of a approaching winter with fresh new snow on Ngauruhoe…

A bit of fresh new snow on bare rocks creates some spectacular contrast as the snow is not deep with the ridge lines still clearly seen. A real change of season feel…

Pre-winter season is very busy at the Top of the Bruce with all the construction. Also the helicopters were taking advantage of a really still day…fun to watch.

Ruapehu at sunset at a different angle. You can see the Pinnacle rocks in the middle. Made this image from above the Taranaki Falls…

Hope you enjoyed these images of Autumn at Tongariro National Park over a interesting week-end weather wise.

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Exploring around the northern end of the Desert Road on the eastern side there are some old access roads for the power schemes. Some are sealed and curbed and some just bush tracks such as this one.

Just couldn’t resist a selfie…as you do.

Sunset wave on the Kaimais…

Sunset wave on the Kaimais…

This panoramic is a total of 12 images which were bracketed when shot for enhanced dynamic range, blended and stitched into this pano.

The original image is a reasonable file size…tho this file has been down sized for the internet viewing so wouldn’t print to well… and the detail was so good i could see individual trees on the skyline of the Kaimai Ranges. Shot all the frames using a zoom lens to cut out the water from the Tauranga harbour and concentrate on the hills and trees, the misty wave over the ranges and the sunset effect. Having the glow shining up like that was just awesome…seemed like a spaceship in the sky…haha.

Will do canvas prints of this…

As usual all prints are with-out the watermark…

Alpine garden…

Alpine garden…

Ruapehu stands over all the landscape and definitely has its moods. This day a approaching weather system from the west created some cloud to swirl about the tops. Amazing the resilience of the plant life on its lower slopes and how they cling to the volcanic environment. Made sure that i didn’t stomp all over the plants either…its hard enough in this climate with-out some pesky human trampling on ya..

4794ruapehu web_ by M Handley. 4751ruapehu le web by M Handley. 4735Ruapehu stormy web by M Handley.

4794ruapehu web_ by M Handley. 4751ruapehu le web by M Handley. 4735Ruapehu stormy web by M Handley.

Natty Park wanders…

Natty Park wanders…

Always enjoy time at National Park even if the weather is a bit annoying but so what…its mountains on a island. Weather seems to happen. But off course when weather happens there is always the world famous in Natty Park Schnapps Bar to squander a bit of spare time…just make sure your bed is walking distance or let some-one else drive.

As usual all the watermarked images are available as a canvas with-out the watermarks…see the pricing page for info.

Cheers…

3149ruapehu-scrub-track-web by M Handley.

Te Heuheu peak

3155-te-heuheu-peak-web by M Handley.

Te Heuheu peak

3156clouds-peak-web by M Handley.

Wave cloud

3170mahuia-rapids-redit-web by M Handley.

Mahuia rapids

3200-mahuia-ngauruhoe-web02 by M Handley.

Mahuia Rapids

3228-tawhai-falls-web by M Handley.

Tawhai Falls

 

3093-mahuia-rapids-rocks-web by M Handley.

Mahuia rapids

We also planned a hike from the Desert road to the chateau looking for a sunset near the Tama lakes but weather being weather that didn’t go well. Never mind the dinner we cooked went down rather nicely part way then amnaged to arrive at the Chateau at about 11.40pm then off to the book-a-batch. No sooner settling down then that earthquake happened…not nice.

Following are a collection of iPhone images purely for illustration…the image quality is not up to printing…of the across the divide wander.

 

 

 

 

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Dinner on the trail…no fancy silver wear here…

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