For somebody visiting New Zealand for the first time, Cape Reinga is a must-see destination. For us, the Photographos group, it was an obvious choice as we are constantly looking for scenic and unique places in our travels.
We set out well before the break of dawn and embarked on a 66 km long ride from our accommodation. The journey itself proved to be spectacular and somewhat spooky with possum and rabbit eyes glowing in the dark by the side of the road.
Luckily and thanks to our speedy Mitshubishi Pajero we managed to reach the parking lot at Cape Reinga just in time for the sunrise. We grabbed our gear and rushed along the pathway stopping from time to time for an occasional shot.
We watched the Tasman Sea melt in the Pacific Ocean, in a spectacular swirl of currents. We spotted the twisted pohutukawa tree, believed to be over 800 years old and which, according to Maori oral history, is the place the spirits of deceased Maori leap from into the ocean to return to their ancestral homeland of Hawaiki.
It could have been the Maori spirits, the pohuukawa tree or something else who decided we should be greeted with an amazing sunrise. A huge thank from the Photographos group goes to whomever made it happen!
White Sand Beach
Imagine sand so bright you squint your eyes looking at it! Picture a beach made of silica sand that is so fine it makes you feel like you’re walking on a huge flour layer! Now add to this huge waves perfect for surfing and you’ll start to imagine what we experienced on our day at the White Sand Beach.
After spending enough time taking sunrise pictures we walked the whole length of the beach southwards and followed upstream the Ngataki river exploring the sand dune habitat and documenting the river bank.
Finally, we decided it was time to put our cameras away, take it easy and enjoy a lazy, all daylong ocean bath. Trust us, there’s no better way than this to end your White Sand Beach journey!
Dana Stavaru’s photos
Andrei Morar’s photos
Lucian Nistor’s photos