We visited New Zealand three years ago and one of our finds that time was the freedom camping area in Waikanae just off the coast of Kapiti Island. We return for a third time after spending the day in Wellington, it seems our secret is out as a number of campers are already there again, perhaps too many but maybe its seasonal. We head around to the lake where black swan glide over the surface and park up next to the water’s edge. The evening light is golden as the sun dips down into the sea and we stroll out onto the windswept sands. Beautiful surroundings, the mountains off to one side and the vague form of the Island sat just across the bay. As the shadows lengthen it’s a chance to grab the camera and catch the fading light. I was quite pleased with the effects of the shadows and the red glow over the windswept sands from the sunset, added to all this the silhouetted forms of people walking along the beach at sunset.
We stayed just one night, reluctantly setting off once again in the morning after another stroll along the beach, Northwards towards New Plymouth and its lonely mountain.
6th January 2017
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Where : Waikanae Beach, North of Wellington, New Zealand
Travelling : From the Centre of Wellington about three quarters of an hour, the reserve is a bit difficult to find, the area is tucked away in the housing estate. Not a bad spot to stop for the morning ferry to the South Island, just a short drive in to the ferry port.
Camping : Waikanae Beach, the site can get a bit full because it’s a great place to be, the car park is a bit noisy, a lot of people camp on the grass behind the main car park because it is near the singing toilet, really.
Next : Above the Clouds / Mount Taranaki