This is just a collection of beautiful New Zealand sunset photos shot from around the country. Captured as the colour bursts from the sky as the sun sets beyond the horizon. An island nation, we tend to get stunning NZ sunsets over the bays and waters.
Living in New Zealand, sunset is a treat I get to enjoy often.
New Zealand sunsets over the Hauraki Gulf
The Hauraki Gulf is the 4000 km² body of water north of Auckland. It’s bound to the west by the Hauraki Plains and to the east by the Coromandel Peninsula, with its Northern most point being Great Barrier Island.
While there are over a dozen islands of the Hauraki Gulf, there are countless beaches and and coves to dock a boat, or watch NZ sunset from the shore. Here are a few of favourite Hauraki Gulf sunsets:
One of the few populated islands, there is an easy ferry service from Auckland to Waiheke Island. It’s a great place to spend a few days or longer. There is plenty to do on Waiheke, the two highlights being wine tasting or relaxing at some of the lovely beaches.
I captured both of these shots just after we crossed the finish line during a few seasons of twilight racing. The first was two yachts still on course about to round a buoy. The second was looking back just after the sun dipped beyond the horizon on a red sky night.
More from around the country
More North Island New Zealand sunsets
Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands is known for its beauty and both the early morning mist and sunset are my favourite times of the day. Of course, there arfe plenty of things to do in the Bay of Islands, both on and off the water. On our last visit, we took a ferry over to Russell where I captured this image whilst waiting for the return ferry.
The clouds formed by the impending rain made for a lovely sunset. This one from a campsite in Waipu Cove, several hours north of Auckland.
Sunset seem so different depending on which part of Auckland you are in. Here are some of our favourites:
South Island NZ sunsets
Some say the country’s most vivid sunsets are found on Hokitika beach. We know we were not disappointed. And, there was plenty to do in Hokitika during the days.
My camera information
My current camera is an Olympus OMD Em5 Mark II. Many of these images are from several years ago shot on other gear.
All yacht racing photos were shot on my iPhone, often just after we crossed the finish line.
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