Days 2-4: Heading to Kaikoura, New Zealand – December 2015.

This post covers three days (day 2, 3, and 4) of our holiday in New Zealand. It involved driving from Rotorua (see previous post here) to Wellington then departing on the ferry at 2:30 am to Picton, arriving around dawn, then driving to Kaikoura.

Day 2-4 – Heading to the South Island.

Unfortunately, as with all holidays, there is not enough time to see everything. There is a lot to see on the North Island but even though we had a loose schedule, there were some hard times/dates we needed to be at certain places – one such deadline was a ferry connection to take us to the South Island.

Leaving Rotorua we headed to Wellington via Lake Taupo and a few other smallish diversions. Whilst in the Rotorua area we visited Hamurana Springs for a peaceful and scenic break and saw this Waka (Māori watercraft).

Hamurana Springs - Rotarua 2AM-000456. ©Andrew McInnes

Waka – Hamurana Springs 2AM-000456. ©Andrew McInnes

 

Because I like birds…
A Paradise Shelduck on the shore of Lake Taupo.

Paradise Shelduck 2AM-004285. ©Andrew McInnes

Paradise Shelduck 2AM-004285. ©Andrew McInnes

 

South of the beautiful Lake Taupo area are some volcanic features many of you may recognise from the The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The “Desert Road” through Rangipo Desert is a spectacular drive, and we paused for lunch with this view of Mount Ruapehu (left) and Mount Ngauruhoe (right) – the fictional Mount Doom. iPhone 5C panorama.

Tongariro National Park 2AM-000471. ©Andrew McInnes

Tongariro National Park 2AM-000471. ©Andrew McInnes

 

Further south, a fence that caught my eye. iPhone 5C photo.

Waituna West 2AM-000474. ©Andrew McInnes

Waituna West 2AM-000474. ©Andrew McInnes

 

Onto the South Island.
Kaikoura and surrounds – abundant marine mammals, beautiful scenes.
I reckon these folks have a fantastic campsite!

Half Moon Bay - Kaikoura 2AM-000343. ©Andrew McInnes

Half Moon Bay – Kaikoura 2AM-000343. ©Andrew McInnes

 

The seemingly ubiquitous New Zealand fur seal, basking,  resting, and nursing the young at Ohau Point, Half Moon Bay (just north of Kaikoura).

New Zealand fur seal 2AM-004332. ©Andrew McInnes

New Zealand fur seal 2AM-004332. ©Andrew McInnes

New Zealand fur seal 2AM-004337. ©Andrew McInnes

New Zealand fur seal 2AM-004337. ©Andrew McInnes

 

Kaikoura awaking with the dawn.

Kaikoura 2AM 0407-0409 Panorama. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura 2AM 0407-0409 Panorama. ©Andrew McInnes

 

Dusk settles over the Kaikoura Peninsula.

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM 0348-0351 Panorama. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM 0348-0351 Panorama. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM 0356-0358 HDR. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM 0356-0358 HDR. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM 0365-0367 HDR. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM 0365-0367 HDR. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM 0374-0377 Panorama. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM 0374-0377 Panorama. ©Andrew McInnes

 

Assorted images from the wondrous Kaikoura Peninsula:

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM-000353. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM-000353. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM-004506. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM-004506. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM-004498. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM-004498. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM-000484. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM-000484. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM-000482. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM-000482. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM-000355. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM-000355. ©Andrew McInnes

Wooden Fence 2AM-004690. ©Andrew McInnes

Wooden Fence 2AM-004690. ©Andrew McInnes

European Starling 2AM-004447. ©Andrew McInnes

European Starling 2AM-004447. ©Andrew McInnes

In case any so-called birders or twitchers are wondering, this isn’t a new plumage for this species. Rather, it is pollen from the prolific pollen-producing plant, the New Zealand flax (Phormium).

 

Rhyolitic flows (I think so, at least) at Kaikoura.

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM 0458-0460 Panorama. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM 0458-0460 Panorama. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM-000455. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM-000455. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM-000456. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM-000456. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM-000461. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM-000461. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM-000462. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM-000462. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM-000463. ©Andrew McInnes

Kaikoura Peninsula 2AM-000463. ©Andrew McInnes

 

To wrap up this post, here are some more images of New Zealand fur seals 🙂
This time from the Kaikoura Peninsula.

New Zealand fur seal 2AM-004384. ©Andrew McInnes

New Zealand fur seal 2AM-004384. ©Andrew McInnes

New Zealand fur seal 2AM-004403. ©Andrew McInnes

New Zealand fur seal 2AM-004403. ©Andrew McInnes

New Zealand fur seal 2AM-004426. ©Andrew McInnes

New Zealand fur seal 2AM-004426. ©Andrew McInnes

 

I hope you enjoyed these.

Cheers 🙂

“Creative Context” images.

This post contains the 27 Creative Context images we have created. Creative Context images are a form of photographic expression that combines nature photography and artistic renderings of background objects to provide creative context. These unique prints are a combination of the photographic works of Andrew McInnes, and the creative drawings of Ken Skinner.

All images Copyright Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography.

Please visit the following website if you wish to purchase prints:
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We hope you see the beauty of the natural world that surrounds us in this new form of photographic and artistic expression.

 

Rainbow Lorikeet 2AM-18278

 

Great Egret 2AM-6394

 

Northern Jacana 2AM-9481

 

Carolina Chickadee 2AM-7966

 

White Ibis 2AM-5771

 

Australian King Parrot 2AM-18978

 

Mourning Dove 2AM-7053

 

Keel-billed Toucan 2AM-9787

 

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 2AM-7821

 

Great Egret 2AM-6751

 

Eastern Spinebill 2AM-19024

 

Scarlet Tanager 2AM-6930

 

Ruby-throated-Hummingbird-2AM-104192_FINAL

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2AM-104192

 

Tricolored-Heron-2AM-6839_FINAL

Tricolored Heron 2AM-6839

 

White-bellied-Emerald-2AM-9400_FINAL

White-bellied Emerald 2AM-9400

 

Yellow-crowned-Night-Heron-2AM-7818_FINAL

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2AM-7818

 

Black-crowned-Night-Heron-2AM-3870_FINAL

Black-crowned Night-Heron 2AM-3870

 

Bridled-Honeyeater-2AM-19465_FINAL

Bridled Honeyeater 2AM-19465

 

Brown-Pelican-2AM-6821_FINAL

Brown Pelican 2AM-6821

 

Common-Moorhen-2AM-4234_FINAL

Common Moorhen 2AM-4234

 

Crested-Caracara-2AM-7115_FINAL

Crested Caracara 2AM-7115

 

Eastern-Rosella-2AM-9396_FINAL

Eastern Rosella 2AM-9396

 

Green-Heron-2AM-7848_FINAL

Green Heron 2AM-7848

 

Northern-Cardinal-2AM-10073_FINAL

Northern Cardinal 2AM-10073

 

Northern-Mockingbird-2AM-5645_FINAL

Northern Mockingbird 2AM-5645

 

Pied-billed-Grebe-2AM-13179_FINAL

Pied-billed Grebe 2AM-13179

 

Red-tailed-Hawk-2AM-7746_FINAL

Red-tailed Hawk 2AM-7746

 

 

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