Journey notes: Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

Should you ever get the possibility to journey to New Zealand, a must-see is the Coromandel Peninsula. A lot to see and do, together with Coromandel City, Whitianga, Cathedral Cove and the Mercury Bay Marine Reserve. For the photographer and nature lover, it’s a true gem.

Coromandel Bay


Coromandel is a favourite vacation spot for Kiwis and guests alike, with pristine sandy seashores and relaxed vacation vibes. A good looking oasis to cease, calm down and benefit from the beautiful climate. Seeing some actually breathtaking surroundings as we drove up and over the mountains with the bay lastly coming into view earlier than us. We booked into our lodge after which headed out to discover the city of Coromandel itself, so quaint and beachy.

We organized our boat tour for the following day. This time we did much more analysis and picked a small craft that held not more than 16 passengers, the skipper was additionally a photographic fanatic and supplied particular photographic excursions of the Bay, the Cove and out to the Marine Reserve … simply what we needed!

We then heard concerning the Driving Creek Railway and drove up there for the late afternoon practice journey and a fast wander round.

Driving Creek Railway

That is the dream of Potter Barry Brickell who began this venture in 1973. Constructing 3 km of this unimaginable narrow-gauge railway observe in very steep bushland, largely by hand! We hopped on board the little practice for a most pleasing and informative 1-hour practice journey up the mountain to the Eye-Full Tower for wonderful views out over the bay. It was additionally beautiful and funky among the many timber. Full of handmade tunnels and varied sculptures and huge pottery items alongside the observe. It was pretty darkish and the practice a bit of too quick making it troublesome to acquire good pictures whereas the practice was transferring. However a very pleasing afternoon and nicely well worth the aspect journey.

Again at our motel room for a pleasant cool drink and nibbles whereas watching the sundown. It couldn’t have been extra good for a view out over the bay from our deck.

Sundown View from our Motel room

Whitianga Wharf

Driving up via the hills from Coromandel City to Whitianga Wharf was pleasant within the cool early morning. We explored the little coast city earlier than heading to our zodiac with Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruises.

Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruises

We had probably the most wonderful day on the water with our skipper, Ken, a eager photographer himself. He took us to all one of the best spots. Cathedral Cove, Orua Sea Cave and a few sensible coastlines. This 2.5-hour cruise was positively a spotlight of our journey. Superb pictures and even noticed a hammerhead shark within the marine park. Having picked a small vessel and educated cruise operator we have been assured of getting one of the best views and wonderful pictures from a neighborhood who knew the world very nicely. So significantly better than the big cruise boats we’ve had up to now. To not point out being on a zodiac on the water was such a thrill.

I wanted we had spent extra time that just some days right here. I’d dearly love to return again to this stunning coastal space.


  • It’s fairly uneven on the water, so attempt to have your shutter pace no less than 1/1600 to 1/2500 second, ISO could be no less than ISO400 — 640
  • It’s troublesome to say the least to alter lenses whereas on the water, salt spray, motion and so on. So decide a lens and keep it up. I took a 18-200mm.
  • If you’re going out on the water, a CPL (Round Polarizer Filter) will help reduce down glare and might can help you seize the motion under the floor for those who’re fortunate to see some.
  • In fact, don’t neglect water, sunscreen, a hat, and a lens cleaner to take away the ocean spray you’ll inevitably get in your lens. A UV filter/protector could also be a very good funding too.
  • When not capturing, attempt to hold your digicam and lens lined to guard them from salt spray and water.