I've just moved to Auckland, New Zealand. This is my first post after moving and has some pretty pictures taken with my new camera.Read More
In early January we visited Rotarua. The weather was overcast, but the thermal springs we lovely and relaxing. We visited the Polynesian Spa, Wai-o-tapu village, and our favourite Waikite Thermal Pools. We opted for private spas which was worth it to have no kids splashing around. At Waikite we had lunch at their cafe which was really good! The mist rolling through the trees was my favourite and I'm going to print some of these images as they're so atmospheric!
Over summer we had hoped to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing but the weather was going to be too bad so instead we opted for the Rangitoto Island Hike. Rangitoto Island is an extinct volcano made from volcanic rock. You hop on a ferry from Britomart and make the short journey across to the Island. The climb to the summit is easy and about an hour to the top. We had an explore around the summit looking at disused bunkers and some very interesting caves before needing to head back to the ferry before the weather turned. We did this walk on the last day of the year and it was a nice time to reflect on the year that was. Luckily we got back to the city in the nick of time as a huge storm rolled in just in time to see the New Year in with a bang, and fallen trees and lots of debris!
Summer in New Zealand was largely spent by the sea. We went on long walks, swam in some beautiful beaches on enjoyed the good weather while it lasted.
While I was in Auckland over the easter break I went up some amazing volcanoes. They are grown over with lush green grass, you can drive up some of them (what I did). Growing up in Sydney, I have never seen anything like this!
Over the Easter break I took a plane to Auckland and drove around the north island. The coffee was excellent, the weather was beautiful and I was so relaxed. I took the chance to shoot the more mundane moments of my trip and focus on spontaneous photography instead of the planned stuff I do day-today.