Epic New Zealand Sunset

Apr 21, 2018

Sometimes when everything looks like it’s against you, the opposite happens, and the universe smiles upon you. I feel like that’s what it was like on a night like this one.

All day long it was raining and crazy windy, with a sky blanketed in thick cloud. Everyone said, “no chance of any sunset tonight”. But I got in the car and drove an hour down the coast to the location I had previously scouted, and just hoped for the best.

The location wasn’t the easiest to find, and can be quite dangerous once you do. Entering through a small unmarked gap in the dense tree line on the side of the road, down a steep mud path, sometimes completely covered by foliage, using old ropes and rusty ladders to climb down a few vertical drops, I finally found it. Once there, the situation can also be quite dangerous. Being surrounded by vertical sea-cliffs, the high tide rises 3m (10ft) extremely rapidly. So you only have an hour each side of low tide to get in and get out before the beach is swallowed up. No mucking around for this one.

But as you can see, the reward was worth it! The beach is scattered with starfish colonies that live in reef trenches, with sea stacks scattering by the dozens up and down the coast line. Simply amazing! This place has now taken my #1 seascape location.

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