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Motukiekie Rocks, New Zealand

Mar 5, 2018

Probably my favourite image from the month in New Zealand’s south island. This location wasn’t the easiest to find either, and it is 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. Motukiekie Rocks beach! 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.

Also lucky for me, the low tide happen to align directly with sunset. The light gods were with me that evening. And oh boy what a sunset it was!


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