Around Auckland

My first attempt at a little planet.  I used my landscape shot of Auckland.


Starry, starry camp

When we arrived at the campsite, we had dinner, then when most are asleep I tried doing astrophotography.  Here’s one of my attempts.

View of Auckland Skyline from Motutapu Island

Last Friday, my wife and I along with our two friends went on a long hike to Motutapu Island via Rangitoto Island.  After more than five hours, we finally reached the camp site. It was very tiring, at least for me, but the views made it all worth it.

Falls Beauty

Here’s another photograph of Whangarei Falls:


Quick Stop at Puhoi

Before we proceeded to Whangarei Falls, we stopped by the historic Puhoi Village. Although very near to Auckland, being in Puhoi makes you feel that you are in a different time period. It’s a quiet, serene town along a lake. They have a small although a very full and very nice library. We even chatted with their friendly librarian. Time moves so slow here. We love it!  After having mussels and chips for lunch, we headed on our way.

It’s our second time here and definitely won’t be our last.

Puhoi Hotel Stables and Trading Post

Whangarei Falls

Yesterday, our friends and I went on a road trip north. Sadly, the weather was not cooperating. When we arrived at the falls, it was raining again and my camera got drenched. Happily, after 5pm, the skies cleared up again. Here’s a photo of the falls from one of the lookout points.

Whangarei Falls

Under the Sky Tower

After a hearty meal at our local Denny’s, my wife and I strolled along Sky Tower then I took this picture.