A focus on: The Wellington waterfront…

A focus on: The Wellington waterfront…

Recently had the good fortune to be in Wellington for a major family event. And the saying that you cant beat Wellington on a good day was so true as to my mind it rivals and sometimes surpass Tauranga as a harbour city. Auckland has its moments too but it takes so long to get around. Now i know that you may say that Wellington with its sometimes narrow and winding streets is a bit old fashioned but i think that that is what gives this city some of its charm. Theres plenty of history here and a vibrant arts culture as well as all the hot air around parliament.

When you drive down the motorway leading into Wellington from the north and you make that right hand turn and see the harbour and cityscape for the first time on a nice sunny day you cant beat it.

If you are driving into the city centre and like me not used to how to get where and which lane to take good old Google maps with lane directions is a good start. Parking at Te Papa is a breeze as it keeps you away from the carparks that the city workers use and which can cost a arm and a leg and some with 2 hour limits for shoppers. At Te Papa you can stay for 5 or 6 hours but just have to pay of course.

So this is a small collection of images from the waterfront near Te Papa. All of these have been listed on the Alamy stock photo site and are also available as a print if you so chose. Lets talk..

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Owharoa falls…

Owharoa falls…

These have to be one of the most photographed falls in the Bay of Plenty/Coromandel by far. Having said that makes a different composition all the more hard so left out the rocks and went for a nice flowering piece of herbage…
5061owharo falls weeds web by M Handley.

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.

Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe longshot…

Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe longshot…

At the summit of the Kaimais when you drive between the Bay and the Waikato if you are very lucky with a clear evening you can see the mountains of Tongariro National Park in all their glory…although a few ks away. This shot was made using a zoom lens – 70 to 200mm on a crop sensor camera which really brings those far objects seemingly closer. In this case the effect is just awesome…especially with that sunset light. Couldn’t have asked for more.

As usual canvas prints are available with out the watermark. Please enquire.

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4427ruapehu-ngauruhoe kaimai web by M Handley.

Icons at sunset…


Tongariro National Park…a collection.

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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.


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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