Three sleeps in Hobart, Tasmania.

Recently we spent 3 nights in Hobart, Tasmania…
and on the last night the light did this 

Constitution Dock 2AM 2656-2658 Panorama ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Constitution Dock 2AM 2684-2691 Panorama ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Constitution Dock 2AM 2673-2675 Panorama ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Constitution Dock 2AM 2680-2683 Panorama ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Whilst in Hobart, a stroll among the charming Battery Point is highly recommended.
Here are some of my images from the area:

St George’s Anglican – Battery Point 2AM-002511 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Battery Point 2AM-002587 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Battery Point 2AM-002585 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Battery Point 2AM-002593 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Battery Point 2AM-002604 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Old Brick Wall 2AM-002588 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Window Shutters 2AM-002597 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Dusk settles over the historic Salamanca Place. Famed for its Salamanca Market, this area is a thriving market every Saturday morning, and is located next to the Hobart waterfront.

Salamanca Place 2AM 2706-2708 HDR ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Leaves and Grass 2AM-002634 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 
Back to the waterfront…

The old…

Elizabeth Street Pier 2AM-002558 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

The new…
The RV Investigator, operated by CSIRO, is the Marine National Facility for Australia, and is the only blue-water research vessel dedicated to marine research throughout Australia’s vast ocean territories.

RV Investigator 2AM-002552 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

RV Investigator 2AM-002614 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Rock Lobster Pot 2AM-002545 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery 2AM-002534 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Princes Wharf No1 2AM-002664 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 
Perhaps you will get a view of Sammy the Seal around Constitution Dock.

Sammy the Seal 2AM-006836 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Constitution Dock 2AM-002637 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Constitution Dock 2AM-002553 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Constitution Dock 2AM-002547 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 
Nestled against the waterfront, still in Battery Point,  is the historic Princes Park, including the semaphore station (signal station) built in 1818.

Princes Park 2AM-002526 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Princes Park 2AM-002528 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Princes Park 2AM-002606 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

Princes Park 2AM-002522 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Princes Park 2AM-002524 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 I hope you enjoyed a little of the abundant variety available in and around Hobart.

Cheers, 🙂

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 🙂