Beauty sits everywhere you turn in New Zealand, which includes of course whenever you are on a beach. From the Tasman Sea and remote West Coast to the beaches lying just outside the hearts of Christchurch and Auckland, I’ve had the chance to enjoy many grains of sand and beaches along the waters of the “The Land of the Long White Cloud”.
Some of my favorite New Zealand beach shots and experiences are below. Part of the adventure and fun was just in getting to some of the more remote spots. I can never seem to put the camera down and there is almost always no one else around. No matter the weather they are all just as beautiful.
I’ve shared some of these before, with some new and alternate photos mixed in. Who is ready to visit New Zealand and hit up the beach?! Well without further ado:
It doesn’t get much more remote than the village of Okanto and this Tasman Sea beach front along the West Coast.
Looking down at the breathtaking Piha Beach, my favorite Auckland day trip destination.
Sumner Beach in Christchurch, a popular spot for locals along the east coast. Volcanic rock dots the landscape.
You’ll find wide open beach along Pegasus Bay at The Pines Beach. Christchurch lies off in the distance.
Out on the open Shakespear Regional Park beach just outside Auckland.
Get away from the hustle and bustle at Shakespear Regional Park and the Whangaparaoa Peninsula on the North Island.
Admiring the surf and blue waters of Bethells Beach on the North Island.
Walking the volcanic sand of Bethells Beach near Auckland. Watch out for that quick sand!
Walking the early morning Wanaka beachfront along Lake Wanaka.
No one else around on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula at Opoutere Beach
Starring out at the turquoise waters of Lake Wakatipu, along the beach in Downtown Queenstown.
Looking out into the Pacific Ocean and Hikunui Island from Opoutere Beach.
Where have some of your favorite photos come from in your time on New Zealand beaches?
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A while back I got in the car in the dark and road-tripped a couple of hours to Hoffmaster State Park on the West Side of Michigan. I arrived on the parks Lake Michigan beach about an hour after sunrise.
Why the early start to the day? The pictures say it all. Warm it was not so I had the state parks three miles of beach along the Great Lake all to myself. I hung out with the sand dunes, blue sky and cold Lake Michigan waters as I walked. 🙂
Where else in Michigan would you recommend going for an early morning beach walk along Lake Michigan?
Standing up-top the sand dunes and staring out at the pier, the lighthouses and Lake Michigan in Grand Haven is my favorite spot in all of Pure Michigan. Each time I’m there I also walk the pier to its end passing by both lighthouses. While walking I always see people on the pier across the Grand River Channel fishing or walking.
With all the time I’ve been in Grand Haven I’ve never been over there. On recent road trip along the Lake Michigan coast I was hanging out at North Beach Park just north of town. I said to myself, now is my chance.
I took the short stroll down N. Shore Rd to North Shore Fisherman’s Pier. Immediately after parking in the small lot I was on the pier heading towards the small North Pierhead Inner Light. Low and behold there were fisherman and visitors walking the pier.
As I walked I looked over to the other side of the channel and it was cool to see everything from a different perspective from the dunes and the catwalk to the pier and two lighthouses.
It was a sunny day, but very windy. The waves were crashing onto the pier. People were stopping about half way down, myself included.
Despite that, it was a memorable walk because I finally got to see the Grand Haven Lighthouse and pier from the “other” side!
Tip: It’s a quick twenty minute drive to get here from the other side of the channel and downtown Grand Haven. While you’re there stop at nearby North Beach Park and the North Ottawa Dunes and make an afternoon out of it.
In the San Diego area and looking to get away from the hustle-and-bustle of Southern California? Make the trek over to Coronado Island and then down California State Route 75 to Silver Strand State Beach.
The beach sits on the narrow strip of land that connects Coronado proper with Imperial Beach. You’ll find beaches on each side of the highway, along both San Diego Bay to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. All of the photos below are from the ocean side.
As you head onto the beach from the main parking area, look to the right down the coast and you’ll see the heart of Coronado and Point Loma off in the distance. The beach is away from town, so you will find it not nearly as busy as nearby Coronado Beach. No hustle-and-bustle here!
Turn to the left, now heading southward on the white and black sanded beach, and you will see the mountains and hills of Tijuana and Mexico which sits only ten or so miles away.
Starring out into the blue waters of the Pacific, your bound to see a military ship or two off in the distance.
As you walk the beach who knows what you’ll encounter. Amongst the many bits of seashells, I had my first ever encounter with a sand dollar. They are a frequent sight here. If you look down you might spot some moon snail, cockle and silver oyster shells as well, the last of which is how the beach got its name.
Seaweed, common on a lot of beaches, is on the light side here. This was one of the cleanest and biggest, non-decaying pieces of seaweed I have ever seen.
Tip: To access the San Diego Bay side of the state park and beaches, just park on the Pacific side and take one of the walking tunnels underneath the road. There is no parking available on that side.
What other beaches around San Diego and in Southern California would you recommend to get away from it all?
What do I always seem to be looking for when viewing and capturing a city skyline? This past weekend at Edgewater Park in Cleveland, I realized my skyline viewing and capturing template was right in front of me.
Head to the western entrance of the Cleveland Metropark, where you will find the upper area and Perkins Beach. Once in the park you will head up-top by taking Upper Edgewater Drive that veers off to the right.
Upon parking walk into the park, head towards the shoreline and the Cleveland skyline will quickly come into view. I’m up-top check.
There is a romantic park bench and/or picnic table up-top to soak in the views. Check.
The body of water the city sits along is easily in view. Check. In this case how could you miss the vast Lake Erie.
Lots of sand and beachfront straight ahead, check.
Blue sky aplenty along with trees and other objects to capture unique views of the city. Check.
The ability to head down from up-top and get a closer look. The final check. In this case you are able to walk on the beach, along the shoreline and on the dirt trails that run alongside.
While at the park make sure to take the time to capture the Great Lake. It is beautiful no matter the season and time of year.
It was a fun afternoon at Edgewater Park in Cleveland. The realization of what my skyline viewing template is became more clear. Oh yeah! There is one more piece to that puzzle. It has to be a place where the blue shoes can easily lay down and soak everything in. 🙂
We will see which of the things I said check to will apply at my next skyline viewing endeavor. I’ve set a standard for myself.
What things do you look for when viewing and capturing a city skyline?