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Back to New Zealand, the sea and the lighthouse

June 29, 2009

I often travel back to New Zealand during the wintertime. It’s a time when the visitors are few and the elements are at their best. The rugged coastline and stormy seas show a different side of the country; raw, bleak, open.

Growing up in a place like New Zealand surrounded by the southern oceans and cold Antarctic winds, literally does feel like you are at the end of the world or possibly the beginning. Look past those postcard shots of prettiness to the small thumbnails of ruggedness, and welcome to the real New Zealand. The small fishing villages that open for business in summer close for winter, are scattered throughout the coastlines of both main islands. Some boast of having a lighthouse, a point of contact with the outside world and a curiosity with travellers and discoverers. That’s if you dare venture off the main roads.

by Cate

by Cate

One lighthouse I have gone back to in my mind is Castlepoint — a small haven for summer campers, holidaymakers and fishing boats. And, lost souls.

by Cate

by Cate

Castlepoint is one of many lighthouses that guide shipping away from the rugged coastline of New Zealand.  The cool summer waters around these coastlines both east and west, change to freezing during winter as the Antarctic winds and currents take hold. Storms are frequent in the winter months, sending coastal surf crashing high over hanging rocks or rolling within bays and coves. Sometimes, there is a small window between storms that opens the skies just a touch, to let in a perfect balance of light and calm.

by Cate

by Cate

My favourite time to be at the beach, capturing the light, walking as far as the weather allows; letting my shoes sink into the sand.

by Cate

by Cate

Castlepoint is located about 60kms east of the wine growing region Wairarapa’s main town Masterton. For more information on this charming place click here: Castlepoint New Zealand

Time won’t affect places like Castlepoint. It will stay the small fishing village and summer-time spot for as long as the lighthouse stands.

Caffeinated Traveller

  1. June 29, 2009 7:13 pm

    I shall visit New Zealand, or Australia in one day. I have planned for. I love to see the greenery and feel the weather. In one day..

  2. June 30, 2009 1:24 am

    I feel the same way about the North of New Zealand, mid you I still like February best without the holiday makers and the wether and more importnatly the water is warm for swimming.

  3. Bear permalink
    June 30, 2009 8:09 am

    What a wild looking place and nice beach. The boats look interesting — purpose built but not for fishing. Cool how they are brought up high onto the beach.

    Do you know if you can walk out onto the point that the lighthouse sits on?

  4. June 30, 2009 10:33 am

    What a peaceful place. I could definitely spend some (semi) idle moments there.

  5. Cate permalink
    June 30, 2009 10:40 am

    rainfield – I know that statement…”One day’ so I can understand your feeling. Don’t leave it too late though.

    Greg – February is also a good time and early March. The weather is more reliable.

    Bear – You can walk out to the lighthouse –if you have a level of fitness. It’s a little steep but the path is good. Beautiful view over the endless Pacific from the top.

    Heather – Semi idle moments are designed for contemplating and idea generating. also for writing some good prose!

  6. July 2, 2009 3:01 am

    beautiful photos cate – I have a castlepoint not far from me, not as stunning – it’s a shopping centre!

  7. July 3, 2009 11:56 am

    How i wish i can revisit New Zealand. It has been 11 years i left NZ. Really miss the place.

  8. Cate permalink
    July 4, 2009 7:12 pm

    Resort Hopper – Too bad your shopping centre isn’t up to lighthouse standards 🙂

    Ching Ching – Such a long time, I’m sure if you go back to NZ it will still look the same. But you are also very lucky living in beautiful Borneo Malaysia.

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