Sunday, 27 April 2014

A Day On Waiheke Island

My Day Trip To Waiheke Island

My son had a wonderful idea a day trip to Waiheke.
A great chance to catch and enjoy a late summers day.

If you are visiting Auckland or even live near Auckland and are looking for a great day out. You may like to check out Waiheke Island.

Only about a half hour ferry ride from Auckland or Devenport .
You can make a day of it with family or friends and either take a picnic or have lunch at one of the many vineyards or cafes on the island.

Waiheke Island is quite large I discovered and most people use cars to get around. You can take a car on the car ferry, hire a car over there, hire scooters and push bikes, bus  or do as I did and start walking once you get off the ferry. I did notice a couple of people on horse back too.
I believe you can get a day bus ticket  cheap if you need to rest your legs along the way.

Visiting Waiheke on Foot.

I found walking to be a good way to get around. There is a slight rise from the ferry and a hill or two to  climb  but I would say I am med fitness and did not find it too challenging.

We just followed the roads and the footpaths, with one exception of a bush walk track or too as a short cut. We first walked into a the town area with shops and cafes and then called in on an local art gallery before checking out a slightly elevated road to see what awesome views we could find for photography.

Then after cutting through a bush track we found ourselves back on the Ocean view Road and headed off in another direction in search of a vineyard for lunch.

You  get to enjoy views of the ocean, bush, vineyards and olive groves as you move around the Island.
After a yummy lunch and wine it was time to head back towards the ferry terminal for the trip back to Auckland.
Once you visit Waiheke Island you quickly realise that you want to go back and I think the best way to see the Island is to stay a night or two and maybe hire a scooter. There is lots of accommodation available on the Island .

Great to catch up with my son and we had a top day out. Loved it. Can't wait to go back.
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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Out Bird spotting Nz

I love being out with my camera  and I love photographing Nature. Anything from plants , ocean , bush to animals and especially birds as they make good subjects especially when they stay still.
It is not always easy though.  Sea Gulls a favourite photo subject  and Wood Pigeons. The Pukeko's  are always fun to try and capture and Tuis well they just don't stay still.

I thought it would be a nice post to check out some birds that I have managed to capture on camera in New Zealand. I will keep trying and add more as I can.


Oyster Catcher


Wood Pigeon

Shag There are two trees at two local beaches around here where these birds can always be found perched and ready for photos

More to Come

Fishing Off Kawau Island

Hi Everyone,

I have been so busy for a while and have not written a post  for a while. But rest assured I will pop back from time to time and share my experiences and photos of my life in New Zealand.

You may have gathered by now I live North of Auckland, actually the area I live in is now  considered as  part of Auckland.

I love fishing and try to  spend a bit of time on the sea when ever  I can .
I am lucky that my brother has a boat so I can go out from time to time .

The Early Morning Sea Was Calm
Leaving Early  Morning off  Martins Bay North of Auckland

This week I get to go out  fishing twice and our trip on Monday was an early start. I was amazed at first that nobody else was taking the advantage of Easter Monday there is usually lots keen boaties out on the water by now.
 I was more  amazed that once we were out in the bay that there was not a boat to be seen anywhere. I have never seen that before and could only wonder if we should have taken more notice and perhaps checked the latest weather  forecast for warnings.

As the wind whipped up and the clouds threatened my fears only deepened. But true to my nature all I really cared about was getting the bait in the water.          

The fish were biting as soon as the bait was down and we pulled up a variety of sizes , all Snapper. Keepers being now over 30cm or larger many were returned to the sea.

How the Seas can Change.

The weather whipped up and we went from calm to rough to white caps to calm again to rain squall s to sun and as we headed back to the mainland we endured  metre swells. followed by calm and then a howling wind. I have never in all my days   seen the ocean change so many times in a matter of  a few hours.
The good news the fish did not stop biting and although we sent most of them back for being undersized we managed a nice feed of Snapper another good trip fishing.

My best scenic photos taken from the boat. Check out how the sky changes so much in each photo.
Rain ,Sun and Rainbows.

Looking forward to my next trip out tomorrow. I love the sea and do not mind too much if the weather roughs up.