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Saturday 16 February 2013

The Beach

At the end of the road at the top of the south island we have a campsite that is about a 20-minute walk from one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. Wharariki Beach is wild and pristine yet the trail starts in a field of grazing sheep. Wharariki Beach, New Zealand
Wharariki Beach, New Zealand - Click for larger
Photographer on Wharariki Beach, New Zealand
Photographer on Wharariki Beach, New Zealand - Click for larger
Low tide was at 7 pm last night, which was perfect for photographing the arches and caves dotted along the coast. The Farewell Spit to the north is a sand spit that juts out into the ocean and can only be walked for about 4 kilometers. From there you need to ride a horse or go with an eco-tour operator to get to the tip. I think we will spend our time at Wharariki beach. It’s located about 5 km south of the spit.  Variable Oystercatcher
Variable Oystercatcher - Click for larger
This beach was on my “must photograph” list. It was difficult to photograph here though. The wind last night was so strong I had to hold onto the camera and tripod to keep it from blowing over. The strong gusts of wind mixed with sand and sea spray is tough on cameras. From here we will make our way down the west coast to Milford Sound.

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Anonymous Marta said...

The area looks beautiful. Enjoy!

16 February 2013 at 20:01  
Blogger Unknown said...

I would imagine the night skies are pretty clean. Any chance of a night time lapse? It looks like you two are having a great trip...enjoy!

23 February 2013 at 09:44  

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