It’s the first official day of Winter in New Zealand on the 1st of June. I took these in the last couple of weeks, round my way. You don’t have to go to the South Island to see snowy peaks and mountain ranges. These were all taken within an hour of my place in the Rangitikei. Southern Central North Island.
I call this one, ‘Top of the Mountain road’. I’ll let you puzzle over the hidden message in that title.
I call this Ruapehu Space ship clouds. Took me ages to think that up
The New Zealand Main Trunk rail line, heading north towards Mt Ruapehu
I call this ‘Mountain Road’. Because I took it on the Mountain Road. No need to make up names when the actual name is cool enough.
The open road, literally. The sign says so.
The Ruahine Ranges again, looking across the Rangitikei River Valley. Snowy and sunny. A perfectly photogenic combination
Who doesn’t love a derelict barn with a tree growing out of the window on a remote country road. Just a hint of the Ruahine Ranges in the background.
Mt Ruapehu, looking awesome on a partly cloudy crisp autumn day. For those unfamiliar with Mt Ruapehu, it’s a 10,000 foot high active Volcano in the middle of the North Island. 10,000 feet sounds more impressive that just shy of 10,000 feet which what it actually is. 9,177 feet in actual fact.
Mt Ruapehu again, from Wanganui, or Whanganui if you prefer
No snow here, but it’s not far away. This is beside the Moawhango Valley Road, not a road you are likely to find by accident. It’s up behind Taihape, in the middle of nowhere.
Take extra care, like the sign says. Also the Desert Road isn’t really across a desert. It’s an Alpine Environment and quite un-desert like.
This is also high in the Rangitikei Hill Country, an old woolshed looking cool in the snowy morning sun
That’s the mighty Rangitikei River Valley with a bit of snow on the Ruahine Ranges in the distance. Epic views across the lower North Island.
We had a light dusting of snow in the Rangitikei hill country, I loved how the shadowed side of these hills took longer to thaw giving this cool effect on the landscape
Like a lot of my photography, I try to notice the unnoticed, and this lot are the next batch. Some more photo’s taken while moving about for no particular reason. In New Zealand we are so lucky to have such amazing scenery literally everywhere you look. This is just stuff I saw, no special trips required. This is New Zealand, the bits we drive past every day.
St Martins Church, I walked around the grounds for ages to get the spire in the sun shot.
Country road, take me home…
I don’t even know what this river is called, it runs down towards Pahiatua off the Manawatu River.
Looking straight into the sun near Apiti, yes Apiti.
Nobody has ever taken this shot before. It’s a gully. I like a nice gully
I have no idea what you might call that atmospheric effect. Like a reverse rainbow sort of thing. Seen above the Wairarapa Hill country
Derelict woolshed, near SH54, the Vinegar Hill road. Nobody knows why it’s called Vinegar Hill.
That’s Mt Ruapehu, from Foxton Beach. just the 230 kilometres away. We have clear skies in New Zealand.
Sunset from Foxton Beach. It’s the best bit of Foxton Beach.
Huntsman from the Rangitikei Hunt Club. They don’t actually hunt anything. They just get dressed up and ride about in the scenery.
High in the Tararua Ranges. I drove up the creatively named Heights Road to get here.
Who doesn’t love to stumble across a Steam Train passing through.
The sign says look for trains, I found one.
There’s Mt Ruapehu again. From about 150 kilometres away. It’s awesome.
I disturbed some pigeons when I stood on their bridge. They kindly made my shot more attractive
Dawn reflecting on the woolshed, pretty awesome. We have impressive dawns here. Sunrise in another language.
Barn, needs work.
I drove up a road called Heights Road. It was very high. I believe there’s also regularly a stiff breeze up here.
Low cloud in the Wairarapa. Near Pahiatua. Autumnal.
Small pond nowhere in particular. I liked the reflections.
This is a post showcasing the stuff we have about the place on the way to and from nowhere special. The places we drive past, or near, every day. The scenery that makes up the rest of New Zealand somewhere other than the places you see all the time in tourist brochures. All of the photos here were taken within an hour of my house though. So I didn’t even need to go far to take them.
This is a road to work if you live round here. A commute if you like
A woolshed, we have lots of them in New Zealand. not so many with graffiti on the side though.
You see this sort of thing on your way to work, not every day, but sometimes. You see the cows every day of course but the amazing rays less often.
Looking north in the evening from our front lawn. So not quite an hour from my house.
Steam train passing my house, out there.
Jerusalem on the Wanganui River Road. Or Whanganui River Road. I believe the h is optional.
A waterfall beside the Turakina Valley Road. Where? Yes, exactly, but it’s right there, beside the road.
The Rata Church which is beside the Marae, or behind it depending on where you stand. I like the angel. She looks like a celestial umpire giving someone out.
Mt Ruapehu at 8:30am. I know this gets in tourist brochures but not this shot and it is an hour from my house.
A woolshed. I like a woolshed.
I stood inside a cave and looked out.
This is inside a glow worm cave most people are unaware of. It’s also about an hour from my house.
Right inside the cave. Apparently the glow worms come out at night, inside the cave. I know right?
Who doesn’t like a photo of an old derelict shed in the middle of nowhere?
I’m not normally a fan of people leaving wrecks lying about the place but this scene works for me as a photograph. Like a graveyard in the middle of nowhere for machinery and stuff.
The Makohine Viaduct. For a while it was the tallest viaduct in New Zealand at 73 metres high and 228 metres long. It’s no longer the highest viaduct in New Zealand but it is still high.
So, I hope you like the photos, this is the Southern Central North Island of New Zealand, randomly photographed here and there.