New Zealand

The small pool outlet below Kitekite Falls which feeds the Piha stream for the last couple miles before reaching the ocean. Continue reading
Visitors to Kitekite Falls that don't want to make the climb down to the base of the falls can still enjoy a spectacular view through the trees just a short distance up the trail from the end. A well placed bench is also available. Continue reading

View from Waiheke Island out towards the Hauraki Gulf during a late summer trip to the island. Just a short ferry ride from Auckland, Waiheke Island is known for it’s numerous wineries scattered about in an ideal climate for vines.

The result of water being compressed through a narrow 20m wide gorge at the top of the falls. Water is moving so rapidly that the waterfall itself extends an average of 8m beyond where the rock ledge ends.

The narrow gorge in the Waikato River just north of the city of Taupo compresses the width of the river from an average of 100m wide to just 20m wide, causing the water to race over the 11m drop at astonishing speeds. The gorge moves up to 220k liters of water per second!

Located in the small township of Turangi on the south side of Lake Taupo, these thermal pools are far too hot to step foot in, but the adjacent Turangi Hot Springs uses water from these pools (mixed with cold water from the lake) to create an enjoyable soak on the cheap.

Traveling south on the Coromandel from Waikawau Bay was a lovely drive through some pristine countryside. A perfect day for a morning drive to Hahei.

View from the Cathedral Cove trail in Hahei, New Zealand. Quite the tourist destination, and for good reason as it is absolutely beautiful! The alternative “trail” to get from Hahei to Cathedral Cove is a guided snorkel trail underwater.

Just north of Gisborne, NZ going back in to civilization from the long drive around East Cape was this overlook of a beautiful expansive beach.

Also worth mentioning for the kiwi movie buffs is that along this stretch of coastline is where the movie “Whale Rider” was filmed.

Found this very small coastal community when traveling out towards East Cape. Amazingly clear sky with just the slightest hint of cloud rising up from the horizon.

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