By Max W, 9th December 2016
My trip started off driving to Wellington to catch the late Sunday ferry across to Picton at the top of the South Island. I did not have time for too many stops along the 8-plus hour drive to Moeraki as I wanted to photograph the Moeraki Boulders at dawn. Noticeably one of the stops was at Kaikoura near midnight, meaning only four weeks later on the same day at the same time the major Kaikoura Earthquake happened. Spookily I also missed the first of the major earthquakes at Christchurch by exactly a month also.
I finally arrived at the café car park near the Moeraki Boulders about 5:30am. It was a short walk onto the beach with the famous Moeraki Boulders and soon the sky became a magnificent pink-violet colour as dawn approached. However the tide was not high enough to be interacting with the most interesting group of boulders, so I came back and did a dawn shoot the next morning.
The difference a day makes with the height of the tide was noticeable, today (at one-and-a-half hours after high tide) the tide was just about the perfect height for the group of boulders that I wanted to photograph and with my wide-angle lens attached I was in the perfect position to get some great photographs as dawn lit up the sky. Note that during the day there is a donation box by the café for visitors accessing the beach.