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Te Pukatea Bay Abel Tasman National Park

The tropical looking shores of Te Pukatea Bay are accessed by kayaking the waters of the Abel Tasman National Park on the South Island of New Zealand.
Although the pristine sandy shores of Te Pukatea Bay are accessible by hiking the Abel Tasman Coast Track, another popular way to access it is by way of kayak. Guided day or multi day kayak tou ...
Hectors Dolphins Akaroa Harbour Canterbury NZ

A glimpse at the smallest member of the delphinidae family, the Hector's Dolphins are also very rare and endemic to NZ, they are seen in Akaroa Harbour in Canterbury.
The easiest way to identify the Hector's Dolphins in NZ waters is by the shape of their dorsal fin. It is rounded or crescent shaped as opposed to the more pointed shapes of all other species foun ...
Granite Landscape Peggys Cove Nova Scotia

A fall drive along the Lighthouse Route towards Peggy's Cove, reveals a diverse granite landscape in Nova Scotia, Canada.
A diverse landscape between Halifax and Peggy's Cove along the Lighthouse Route from rugged coastline to a rocky Granite landscape. As if driving through different worlds the landscape changes ...
New Zealand Christmas Tree Picture

An outstanding tree of crimson flowers and thick, tough leaves, New Zealand Christmas Trees are found in areas with mild weather conditions.
Throughout the warmer coastal regions of the North Island of NZ, the New Zealand Christmas Tree (also known as Pohutukawa tree) blooms profusely from around mid December until mid to late January. ...
Port Credit Mississauga Ontario Canada

A stone's throw from downtown Toronto, Port Credit is situated in Mississauga on the shores of Lake Ontario, Canada.
Situated at the mouth of the Credit River, on the north shore of Lake Ontario, Port Credit is dubbed as Mississauga's Village on the Lake. The harbour which now hosts a variety of pleasure craf ...
Fantail Falls Mt Aspiring National Park NZ

Deep in the thick rainforest of South Westland are the pristine Fantail Falls in the Mt Aspiring National Park of New Zealand.
A short bush walk from the main Haast Highway 6 brings the visitor to the pebbly banks of the Haast River and Fantail Falls. The road between Wanaka and Haast was only opened in 1960 allowing a ...
Nelson Lakes National Park Fern Picture

Under the shelter of the forest canopy along the Bellbird Walk in the Nelson Lakes National Park, various varieties of ferns grow prolifically.
A sign of new life - an unfurling shoot of a fern plant near the shores of Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park on the South Island of New Zealand. Regenerating constantly in the righ ...
Bald Eagle In Flight Homer Alaska

The graceful flight of a Bald Eagle along the Homer Spit, Alaska, USA.
During a very cold spring day we were photographing the Bald Eagles along the Homer Spit in Alaska, USA. This eagle flew right past me while I was down on the beach. This is an interesting shot ...
Kalaloch Beach Sunset Picture

A vivid sunset brightens the sky above Kalaloch Beach as the sun dips below the horizon in Washington State, USA.
A special vacation spot is on the Olympic Peninsula which is situated in Washington State in the USA. Brilliant sunsets, long stretches of beach which fringe the sometimes moody Pacific Ocean, ...
Transportation Italy

While walking through the streets of tourist towns such as Monterosso, watch out for the speedy three wheeled, two stroke vehicles - a popular form of transportation in Italy.
You can hear them coming before you seen them but beware, they zip and zap around the streets of towns in Italy with seemingly little regard towards pedestrians! They seem to be a cross between a ...
Fishing Vacation Canada

During the warm summer months in Ontario, a popular family vacation activity is fishing from a wharf in a fishwater lake.
As the cool crisp winter weather gives way to the more mild air which heralds the arrival of the spring equinox, families begin to spend more time outdoors. Weekends are spent taking a mini vacati ...
Lethbridge Alberta Picture

Constructed in 1909, the High Level Bridge in Lethbridge, Alberta, remains the highest and longest bridge of it's type in the world.
It's the third largest city in Alberta and the hub of southern Alberta, but the city of Lethbridge had a humble beginning. First established in the late 1800's Lethbridge, which once bore the n ...
Winter Wonderland Picture

A winter trip along the Dempster Highway in the Yukon Territory of Canada, brings us through a wonderland of scenery.
After driving constantly one winter day and stopping in at Eagle Plains along the Dempster Highway for dinner, we headed off again through the rolling hilly countryside of the northern Yukon Terri ...
Northern Lights Igloo Brooks Range Alaska

An igloo with a warm hue radiating from within and the northern lights dancing above on a clear night in the Brooks Range of Alaska, USA.
While staying in the Brooks Range of Alaska near the tiny community of Wiseman, approximately 250km north of the Arctic Circle, we decided to build an igloo. It was constructed over a period of tw ...
Moraine Lake Banff National Park Canada

Moraine Lake in the famous Banff National Park, Valley of Ten Peaks near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada.
Standing on a rocky platform above Moraine Lake gives an impressive overview of this stunning lake, backdropped by the jagged ten peaks which crown the valley and reflect in the turquoise water. ...
Toketee Falls Oregon USA

The beautiful, pristine Toketee Falls are situated in the Umpqua National Forest in Oregon, USA.
The stuning Toketee Falls are created from just one channel of the Umpqua River which flows through the Umpqua National Forest in Oregon, USA. This channel of the river is said to plunge 120 fe ...
Glacier Heli Walk Tongass National Forest

A popular activity during a visit to the town of Juneau in Alaska is a Heli Walk on the Taku Glacier.
The town of Juneau is a cruise ship destination in Alaska. During the summer months when cruise ships ply the waters of the Inside Passage and beyond, an exciting shore excursion option for passen ...
Split Apple Rock New Zealand

The interestng formation of Split Apple Rock on the South Island of New Zealand looks exactly as the name suggests.
Split Apple Rock, a rock formation near Marahau, Abel Tasman National Park, Tasman District, South Island, New Zealand.
Kaikoura Peninsula Canterbury New Zealand

The Kaikoura Peninsula struts out from the Mainland into the pacific ocean and is backdropped by the Kaikoura Range.
Aerial view of the Kaikoura Peninsula and coastline of the pacific ocean during a Whale Watching flight with Wings over Whales, Kaikoura, East Coast, South Island, New Zealand. If you intereste ...
Cute Sheep Picture

Not really bothered by human presence, this cute sheep just gazed unperturbed at the camera.
Sheep in Titirangi Bay Campground, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand.
Gore Bay South Island NZ

The small town of Gore Bay is tucked neatly on the shores of the Pacific Ocean on the South Island of New Zealand.
Gore Bay near Cheviot, East Coast, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand.
Waitaki Rock Formations NZ

Otekaike Limestone rock formations in the Waitaki Valley on the South Island of New Zealand.
Rock formations at the Anatini Whale Fossil Site, near Ngapara, Waitaki District, North Otago, South Island, New Zealand.
Badlands Landscape New Zealand

A small pocket of badlands interrupt the coastal landscape of Canterbury on the South Island of New Zealand.
Cathedral Cliffs with Gore Bay behind near Cheviot, East Coast, South Island, New Zealand.
Coastal Vacation New Zealand

Kayaking the coastal bays and coves of the Abel Tasman is a great summer vacation option during a visit to New Zealand.
Te Pukatea Bay, Abel Tasman National Park, Tasman District, South Island, New Zealand.
South Island Coast Picture

Lush farmland stops short of the sandy coast of the Pacific Ocean on the South Island of New Zealand.
Hurunui River Mouth near Cheviot, East Coast, South Island, New Zealand.
Photo Of A Sperm Whale

A Sperm Whale will quite often rest on the surface of the water just like this one off the coast of Kaikoura in the South Island of New Zealand.
Aerial view of a Sperm Whale resting on the surface of the water during a Whale Watching flight with Wings over Whales, Kaikoura, Canterbury, East Coast, South Island, New Zealand.
Bay Of Islands Accommodation Paihia

The view from Cooks Lookout Motel in Paihia, Bay of Islands is a million dollar view!
Situated close to the Haruru Falls near the town of Paihia, Cook's Lookout Motel offers stunning views of the Bay of Islands, the town of Russell and the Pacific Ocean. View over Waitangi towar ...
Livingstone Daisy Flowers

A bright display of purple Livingstone Daisies in full bloom in the South Island of New Zealand.
Livingstone Daisies, Mesembryanthemum criniflorum, growing on a wall along the road in the Waitaki Valley, North Otago, South Island, New Zealand.
Hippopotamus Animal

A popular animal at the Auckland Zoo is the Hippopotamus whose less enthusiastic about its visitors.
Hippopotamus, Hippopotamus amphibious, at the Auckland Zoo, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand.
Picture Of Footprints In The Sand

Fresh footprints in the sand at Kohaihai Beach near Karamea on the West Coast of the South Island, New Zealand.
Kohaihai Beach at the start of the Heaphy Track near Karamea, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand
Cape Reinga Lighthouse Picture

Among the most photographed lighthouses in New Zealand, the Cape Reinga Lighthouse has seen many people come and go.
Although not situated at the actual northern most tip of New Zealand, the Cape Reinga Lighthouse is the furthest north most people, tourists and nationals alike, can travel to. The northern mos ...
Buller River South Island NZ

The longest swingbridge in New Zealand spans the mighty Buller River in the South Island.
Swingbridge across the Buller River, Buller Gorge, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand.
Hawkes Bay Vineyard NZ

While travelling through the Hawkes Bay region of New Zealand be sure to include a visit to Mission Estate winery with its extensive vineyard and estate.
Mission Estate Winery vineyards, since 1851, Napier, Hawkes Bay, East Coast, North Island, New Zealand.
Humboldt Redwoods State Park

A stand of ancient Redwood trees in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California, USA.
Gentle giants - Redwood trees are also known as Sequoia and are native species to the Southern West Coast of California. One of the largest stands of Redwood trees is in Humboldt Redwoods State Pa ...
Abel Tasman Kayaking Picture

Taking a kayaking trip in the Abel Tasman National Park is a must do during a vacation in New Zealand.
Arches at Arch Point seen during a Kayaking day trip, Abel Tasman National Park, Tasman District, South Island, New Zealand.
Yellow Eyed Penguin Picture

The Yellow Eyed Penguin is the rarest species of penguin in the world.
Yellow Eyed Penguin, Megadyptes antipodes in the Catlins Forest at the Petrified Forest at Porpoise Bay and Curio Bay, Southland, South Island, New Zealand.
Variable Oystercatcher Bird

A Variable Oystercatcher forages along the shoreline at Ocean Bay in Marlborough, New Zealand.
Variable Oyster Catcher, Haematopus unicolor, along the beach at Ocean Bay, Port Underwood, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand.
Road Sign Lake Hawea New Zealand

Road sign along the road towards the southern alpine Lake Hawea near Wanaka.
Road Sign, Lake Hawea, Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand.
Kaikoura Sunset NZ

Even on a moody evening along the Kaikoura Coast of NZ there are possibilities for great sunset shots.
Sunset over South Bay and the Kaikoura Coast, Canterbury, East Coast, South Island, New Zealand.
Dusky Dolphins Kaikoura NZ

You don't have to travel far from the town of Kaikoura in New Zealand, to see pods of Dusky Dolphins frolicking in the Pacific Waters.
Dusky Dolphins, Lagenorhynchus obscurus, during a dolphin watching tour with Encounter Kaikoura, Kaikoura, Canterbury, East Coast, South Island, New Zealand.
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