Explosive Skies over New Zealand’s South Island

Dec 2, 2018

Probably THE most epic sunset I’ve ever seen! During the day, it was a storm, with 100% thick cloud cover. Every local in the area said “nope, no chance of a sunset tonight”. But I made the 1.5hr journey to my previously scouted location and hoped for the best. WOW was I rewarded. Sea fog drifted over the shore, creating a thick atmosphere that lit up when the sun poked through the clouds at the right moment. Combined with one of the best seascapes I’ve ever seen, I was one happy chappy!

The location wasn’t the easiest to find, and can be quite dangerous once you do. Entering down to the beach through a small unmarked gap in the dense tree line on the side of the road, down a steep mud path, at points 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 by the rapidly moving water. No mucking around for this one.

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