Cape Reinga Sunset.. and stingray encounter

We arrived at Tapotupotu Bay in the mid afternoon, erected our tent against the beach front again, and took a quick swim to freshen up. I had one of our cameras with us, to capture the amazing water, and some fun splash shots with Katrina. Whilst I was wading through the water, I suddenly felt the floor beneath me, pull away quickly like a rug under my feet being ripped away. The firm jelly-like texture gave it away. I knew it was a stingray I had just trod on. Katrina thought it was another tall-tail. She dived into the next wave, and came face to face with a monster 2 metre sting ray. Cue, end of our swim. 😉 Following this, we ventured around the coastline to see the rockpools towards Spirits Bay. As evening progressed, we drove up to Cape Reinga and the lighthouse to watch the sun set over the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean.

Tapotupotu Bay

Tapotupotu Bay

Stingray Encounter

Shortly before our stingray encounter!

Cape Reinga abstract

Enormous Waves off the shore, as the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean collide - to put into perspective, the lighthouse is over 150metres high on the cliff

North-Western tip of New Zealand

Cape Reinga sunset

Katrina enjoying the sunset

Cape Reigna Lighthouse

Cape Reinga Lighthouse

Beautiful New Zealand Sunset

The full gallery of our Northland camping trip can be seen here: http://williamsphotography.co.nz/gallery/northland/

Diane Woods - very nice pictures 🙂

Spirits Bay

Located at the very northern tip of New Zealand, Spirits Bay stretches for 12 km along to Cape Reinga and Tapotupotu Bay. According to Maori legend, the spirits of the dead leave for their journey to the afterlife. Whilst there, we enjoyed watching a couple of fishermen attempt to get their little dinghy back into shore, amongst some fairly large waves!

Spirits Bay New Zealand

Spirits Bay Panoramic - Click for Larger view

Spirits Bay Fishing

Flying Dinghy

Flying Dinghy!

Flying Dinghy

And the whole sequence put together

The full gallery of our Northland camping trip can be seen here: http://williamsphotography.co.nz/gallery/northland/

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