It'll be low tide on the 16th, so what better chance to discover the caves and reflective streams of the wild West Coast.
Atop Ninepin Rocks sits a Lighthouse that was set up after a dreadful shipwreck here in 1863 when 190 people lost their lives. It makes a great backdrop to any sunset.
A wide lens is definitely best here, and a tripod is a must for sunset. If you have an ND filter, bring it. A graduated ND is best to get the most out of sunset. As always wear a jacket and some footwear that you don't mind getting wet - we will have to cross a couple of shallow streams that run out onto the beach.
It's a one hour drive to Whatipu from Auckland CBD, the last 7 kms are gravel, although it is well-graded and not rough, it is however quite dusty. This is a remote location and the wild rugged beauty of this beach will amaze.
** There is a carpark at the end of the gravel road beside the Solstice Campground, let's meet there.
** We won't be climbing the hill behind on the beach on this outing, but instead sticking to the coast and the rock/cave formations on either side of the bay. A railway tunnel was built into the rock