Himatangi Beach

This is where we live now. A small beach community in Manawatu, New Zealand. Himi as I call it has a wonderful eclectic variety of proper beach baches and more conventional homes, and the largest sand dune in the Southern Hemisphere apparently.

The phrase, ‘a picture paints a thousand words’ is best applied here. Here is a collage of Himatangi Beach images. I love it here.

Cool ay? See you at Himi.

Dolphins

I was trying to think of a clever title, but I couldn’t come up with one so you get the obvious instead. A handful of photos of Dolphins taken from various spots in and near Wellington Harbour over the past few weeks. I’ll start with them quite far away as I stood on the shore and then we’ll get a bit closer, keep scrolling. Taking a photo of a Dolphin leaping out of the water is really hard. So I’m very pleased with how the airborne Dolphin shots came out. If you like a Dolphin, hopefully you’ll enjoy these images.

Dolphin Watcher
So, they were out by Moa Point, which is where the Airport is when I saw them first.
Dolphins AIr NZ
As I said, near the Airport
Dolphins Lyall Bay at Airport
No, seriously a lot of Dolphins
Dolphin 1
It’s like a Dolphin scrum.
Ferry Dolphin best
Now let’s get a move on. This next lot of photos were taken from the side of the Cook Strait ferry, the Interislander.
Ferry Dolphin double
Then there were two.
Ferry Dolphin dive
You’d do that too if you could, wouldn’t you?
Ferry Dolphin pair
Coming at ya’
Ferry Dolphin scar
Going back in.
Ferry Dolphins leap
You can practically hear it squeaking, whoooooooo Hooooo!!
Ferry Dolphins Four
Surf’s up!

Cool ay? Who doesn’t love Dolphins?

Summer Sunsets, At The Beach

Luckily for me, I live 200 metres from the sea front on the Western Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. I can wander down to watch the sunset any day of the week. These are a selection from just three nights. Three nights from the last week. It’s mid summer here. So these were taken between 8:30 and 9pm. That short window when the sky really kicks off. Often the best light is after the sun has set. As you can see.

Himi Inlet sunset
Heading down to the beach, this is a little rivulet which empties into the sea a few metres to the left of this shot.
Beach driftwood stack
People make piles and structures out of driftwood, it helps me take a photo straight at the sun.
Himi beach people
I don’t usually have people in my photographs, but since I referenced people in the last photo, there are some. They’ll be making a driftwood sculpture later no doubt.
Evolution of a cloud bank 1
That’s a cloud bank developing, about to block out the sun.
Himi Beach sunset
Going….
Himi beach light
Going…..
Himi beach tree two
Almost gone…
Himi Beach post sunset
Gone, now the good stuff really kicks off…
Long Beach one
See? Lavender? Lilac? Pink? You choose. looking down the beach to the South. That’s Kapiti Island way off in the distance. You can also see the South Island from here, just not in this shot.
Kapiti
Hard to believe that’s the same evening as the previous shot, but it is. That’s Kapiti Island.
Beach fort
More cool stuff assembled from driftwood. Helping me take photos.
Sea, see
You could stand and look at this all day, except you can’t as it’s nearly night time.
Thursday Night Himatangi
Saving the best till last? Quite possibly. I do like this. Low tide, post sunset. Awesome New Zealand.

So there you go. Hope you enjoyed my evenings.

Wellington Bays

Well not all the bays, the bays out past the Airport. Wellington is the Capital City of New Zealand. It’s perched in a little bay with all the houses nestled into a load of hills behind it. Most people think it’s quite a pretty little city. I was visiting a friend but was early, so decided to take the scenic route round the Miramar Peninsula rather than simply drive across town. I’m pleased I did because look!

Wellington cable car classic
Ok, it’s not a bay, but this is one of those ‘classic’ shot’s of Wellington and is as good a place as any to start. Plus there is a bay, down there.
City Centre
The Wellington Waterfront from Oriental Parade. The beehive looking building on the far right is called ‘The Beehive’. It’s where we store our politicians.
Oriental Bay
From Oriental Parade, no idea why it’s called that. People from Wellington like to walk along here, or run wearing lycra, earphones and carrying a water bottle.
Boat Sheds Evans Bay
Evans Bay boat sheds. Cool.
Worser Bay
Broken pier at Shelly Bay.
Worser Bay jetty
Another broken pier at Shelly Bay. Looking across towards Mt Victoria. It’s not really a mountain. That bit of Wellington on the hill that isn’t a mountain is called Haitaitai.
Miramar Peninsula Lighthouse
The Point Halswell Lighthouse on the tip of the Miramar Peninsula.With a guy fishing off it.
Miramar Peninsula
A busy sunday morning in Wellington. Heading into Kau Bay along Massey Road.
Karaka Bay phone box
Karaka Bay jetty, complete with old working phone booth.
Empty Karaka Bay Jetty_
That’s still the Karaka Bay jetty, or pier. I like a nice jetty, or pier.
Breaker Bay Pinnacle Rocks
Those are the pinnacle rocks looking across towards the Wairarapa from Breaker Bay. It was out there that inter island ferry, The Wahine, sunk in 1968. 53 People died.
Breaker Bay seagull
Flax Bay, over there is the very bottom of the North Island.
Breaker Bay boat
Upside down boats lend a pleasing aspect to a coastal scene. Flax Bay
Kaikouras from Moa Point
In the distance is the South Island, the Kaikoura Ranges about 250 kilometres away by ferry and road. Taken at Moa Point. That ship is a Cook Strait ferry, the Interislander
Air NZ arrival Moa Point
Air New Zealand arriving int0 Wellington, flying low over Moa Point. It can get a bit hair raising flying into wellington on a windy day. It’s often windy, mostly.
Island Bay
Looking across Island Bay. Time to turn inland.

So there you are. Worth the trip.