Called the Wetcoast, the name suggests what happens there a lot. Right, raining.
Lucky as we are (not), it started to rain as soon as we entered the region. Most people say, that you have to see the coast in the rain, because that adds to its atmosphere. But that’s probably just to make you feel better.
However, after a few days the weather cleared and we had some dry and even sunny hours.
First we headed towards the “Oparara Basin”, a beautiful region just few people know of. It’s got two huge limestone arches, which can be visited. The cool part of the “Moria Gate Arch” is, that a little cave leads right underneath it. Allowing us to explore and photograph the arch in an interesting way.
Further south the famous “Pancake Rocks” were the first really touristy sight we’ve been to in a while. Locations where many of these big sightseeing buses full of people from “certain” countries stop, are not relaxing at all. Though, almost ever the masses leave before sunset (I mean why would anyone want to see these amazing rocks in the best possible light?), leaving a calm scenery with a handful of people.
Despite the rain during the day, we even got some sunset colours. Using my ND – filter for long exposures, the clouds began to blur and become smooth. Then I combined two different exposures, one for the foreground and one for the sky.
This is a really special place to be, which loses a bit of flair, due to its popularity.