Castlepoint is a beautiful place to visit, but not for pretty gardens or a great night life. This is rugged New Zealand, where the forces of nature have left there marks on the landscape. Between the power of the ocean and the wind, this place can vary from the serene beautiful holiday spot with great beaches for swimming, to howling gales, driving rain and huge sea swells.
New Zealand, located in the south pacific has an active and dynamic climate, or as we like to say changeable. When changeable can be anything from hot and dry to blowing a gale with horizontal rain, all in the same day. This is so commonplace that one of the iconic songs of the 90's had in it's lyrics the refrain "four seasons in one day". This is one of the reasons New Zealand is such a beautiful place to photograph, the drama the storms bring to the landscape means that they are forever changing.
Kids can be frustrating, funny, playful and sometimes quite profound and it can be quite interesting what they pass on to you. The primary school my kids attend has a bit of a tradition, on the last day of term, if the child hasn't got in to trouble then they get to go to right choice day. A celebration and reward for making the right choices through out the term.
West coast beaches in New Zealand have a different nature to their eastern cousins. On a sunny peaceful day the beaches go on for miles, with the occasional interruption by a river or stream. On a stormy day the winds, rain and waves, drive into the coastline from the Tasman sea, in some cases the first landfall in thousands of kilometers.
A couple of weeks ago, our Camera Club (the Manawatu Camera Club) went for a weekend trip down to Cape Palliser. As part of the trip I shot some video along the way which I have put together into a video so that people who are thinking about coming on the next trip with us have an idea what it is like.