Journey Notes: Bay of Islands, New Zealand

The Bay of Islands was named by Captain James Prepare dinner in 1769. The Maori called it Ipipiri, indicating quite a few places to fish, swim, settle and enjoy the beauty. There are a lot of tales, and several islands 144 seemingly. The ideal way to see it all is by boat. There are two most important sites to see although in the bay: Brett Point Lighthouse and The Gap in the Rock.

I could have titled this post, “The Trials of Traveling.” Unfortunately, you just have times when practically nothing seems to go your way. This was a single these kinds of working day. If you ever pay a visit to the areas, master from my blunders and with any luck ,, you will have a considerably greater time than I did and seize some really gorgeous photos.

Cruising the bay

We drove to Paihia, which is pronounced “Paheeha.” Our system for the working day was to go on a cruise from the Bay to see some dolphins, the Gap in the Rock (Percy Island), and the Cape Brett Lighthouse. When we ended up waiting to board our cruise, we explored the harbor.

Sadly we made a Big rookie miscalculation by not performing enough exploration beforehand. The cruise we booked by way of our hotel, Fuller Good Sights Dolphins and Gap in the Rock Cruise, was pretty very well-regarded. But however, it was a larger catamaran that held up to 180 persons. This meant that we couldn’t get excellent shots, as most people were being working with iPads and selfie sticks and refused to share the check out. I hardly noticed any of the dolphins, and in the close, I had to force my way by way of. Really do not get me mistaken I am confident people would like this cruise, but we did not.

As photographers, we generally choose substantially smaller sized, extra private tours, specially on smaller craft (like the types we observed earlier mentioned). So lots of persons on board vying for a glimpse of dolphins, seals and a lot more. I barely saw any of the dolphins, and in the conclusion, I had to drive my way as a result of. However beautiful to be out on the drinking water, feeling the wind, solar, and surf in my hair, and we experienced wonderful weather conditions.

During the cruise, we observed the Brett Level Lighthouse and the Hole in the Rock. The smaller craft could delight in sailing proper as a result of the gap, but our skipper deemed it way too choppy to go by in our significantly more substantial vessel. Seals were being spotted on the way again, but I did not get a great appear at them. Sadly way much too several individuals manufactured for a mostly unpleasant day. Even however I paid out a great deal of dollars for the cruise, we did not get the assistance we ended up made use of to with much smaller sized tours.


Right after the cruise, we had lunch at Jimmy Jacks, which experienced the greatest burger and ribs in city. For dessert, we stopped at a close by fudge shop ahead of wandering by means of the arts and crafts industry. Paihia was such a delightful little tourist city.

Take a look at the waterfalls

On our way again, we stopped at Haruru Falls, a attractive little place just exterior of town. However, it was pretty dry and desired additional water to certainly be a sight to see. We understood that the peak of summer might not be the best time to check out waterfalls. But even now, it was lovely to check out, as was close by Rainbow Falls. All spots of these falls are conveniently accessible and many persons ended up swimming in the lake at the base of the waterfalls.

All in all, it was not our finest working day, The choppy waters manufactured it difficult to acquire sharp photos, even with a bigger ISO and shutter velocity. To be honest wondering again on it now, I could have gone much higher than ISO 3200 and taken a more rapidly shutter pace than 1/500 seconds to keep away from any digital camera shake. Most modern day electronic cameras can simply manage ISO 640 — 800 without having incorporating way too considerably grain. Aperture Precedence Manner, with Car ISO and a bare minimum shutter speed of 1/1000, could have saved me a good deal of grief later on on. Add to that summertime isn’t always the best time to perspective waterfalls. Classes discovered for later on vacation.

Cape Brett Lighthouse


  • Do your own investigation. I have been caught out by persons telling me an attraction or action, place, and so on. was magnificent. But it was a different time of yr, or not acceptable for my requirements, or ideal for vacationers extra than photographers
  • Really don’t be much too unhappy in your self if you get it wrong. Appreciate the expertise (as substantially as feasible) and place it all down as an journey.
  • Never be worried of bigger ISO. You are substantially far better off with substantial ISO than badly uncovered illustrations or photos.
  • When photographing from a boat, test to stabilize yourself — feet aside and maintain an arm or hand on a railing for assist.
  • If you do not do nicely with h2o, recall to pack ginger or seasickness tablets.
  • Even on cloudy days, really don’t forget about sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. If you require sunglass most likely your lens demands a CPL (round polarizing filter)?