Wharariki Beach

I noticed that Wharariki was voted one of the best beaches in New Zealand in something I was reading recently.  It is not a swimming beach but one of the most beautiful places in  New Zealand, up the top of the South Island.  It is also isolated, and windswept and picturesque.  The photograph was taken several years back when Anne and I walked over the hillside track to the beach in the dark in order to catch the morning light… it was worth it!

Dawn at Wharariki

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Onekaka

Onekaka Wharf at dawn

Anne and I love the Onekaka [on-e-ka-ka] wharf (what is left of it) in Golden Bay – we often spend a half-day there reading and enjoying the wonderful landscape where the river estuary is ever-changing in the views.  We found out that the wharf functioned until the mid-1950’s for loading the iron ore that was mined at Onekaka over many years.  It is hard to believe that so many people once lived in this small community.
The image was taken at dawn – we had risen at 5.30am to travel over to the Wanganui inlet and the brilliant morning light encouraged a quick detour to Onekaka.