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.

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..


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

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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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Magical Rotorua redwoods…

Magical Rotorua redwoods…

The redwoods at Rotorua town on the road to Tarawera Lake are a really special spot with a heap of options for wandering …from easy to gut busting.

Highly recommend if you want to chill out and the new skywalk looks a blast as well…

2520redwoods-stream-web by M Handley.

A stream with forest litter preserved under water.

2531redwoods-path-web02 by M Handley.

Redwood track

2551redwoods-long-path-web by M Handley.

Redwood main track

Waiting…

Waiting…

The old historical wharf at Anzac Bay is not a well known feature. A bit hard to find and its not that huge but still a piece of local interest that has been preserved by the Lions club.

Heres looking for the boat to come in after all…

267 anzac wharf  selfie web #04 by M Handley.

Waiting…

Stairway to paradise…

Stairway to paradise…

These are the bottom falls at Kaiate road and are easily got to from Tauranga thru Welcome Bay . So good to see a young family group getting out and about wandering about rather then just go to the mall…

I cannot sell this as a print as the people in the image could be recognised…

9480kaiate falls group web#03 crop by M Handley.

But this one i can…because its a selfie.

Or you can have one with nobody in the frame…

9442kaiate falls selfie web#04 crop by M Handley.