Tautuku Beach on New Zealand's South Island

Sky Watch Friday

Tautuku Beach, New Zealand

Tautuku Beach
Location: South Island, New Zealand

Last year, my husband and I spent a month in New Zealand, traveling all over the South Island.  One of the most scenic coastal areas we visited was a rugged section of the southeast coast known as the Catlins.  This photo, taken from a spot called the Florence Hill Lookout, shows Tautuku Beach.  The spit of land at the far end of the bay is the Tautuku peninsula, which was home to a whaling station in the 19th century.

The sky was overcast for most of the several days we spent in this area, and it drizzled off and on.  Although the rain and lack of direct sun made it a bit chilly, the cloudy sky was anything but dreary.

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40 comments:

2sweetnsaxy said...

Wow, how beautiful. It looks so lush! :-)

bobbie said...

This is a really lovely beach, and a wonderful Sky Watch photo.

ellen b said...

This is such a beautiful shot! Just lovely. I want to be there :0)

Ivar Ivrig said...

Looks like paradise. A wonderful shot

Kathleen said...

I couls sit here all day and enjoy the view!

Coloradolady said...

Wish I was there. I am cold today, the weather is cool and I am wanting some warm sun and sand. Have a great SWF.

Photo Cache said...

Oh wow! Lovely view from up where you took it.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Nice beach! New Zealand in this photo reminds me of Hawaii. ;-)

Bradley Myers said...

Good capture, and those over cast skies make it easier to take good photos.

bowledover said...

Wish I was there, even now at 21.40 hours.
Lovely picture thanks for sharing.

Wren said...

I always wondered where you went for vacation when you lived in paradise. Though I have to say, if you hadn't told us I would have thought this was in Hawaii.

Sharon Ellery said...

Lovely tranquil beach. Thanks for sharing.

Sharon

Leedra said...

Peaceful and beautiful.

ChrissyM said...

Wow!! What a stunning photo!! Gorgeous!!!

Pearl Maple said...

Lovely photo of the beach for Sky Watch Friday, always interesting to see what different parts of the world have to share with us all.

Tootie said...

Very pretty view Bobbie.

Louise said...

You are right, anything BUT dreary. Beautiful sky, and the color of the water is equally wonderful.

Cape Cod Memories said...

Oh my goodness! This is a magnificent capture! =)

Paz said...

Wonderful sky shot. I'd love to visit this place.

Paz

napaboaniya said...

That place though looking deserted, looks so much like a great place to relax in :)
Wonderful skies above too!

Mary said...

Great sky! How beautiful to see a lovely beach like this that doesn't have a 100 people on it :-) So peaceful looking....I'd like to be there.

Yen said...

Such a fine day! Love to go swim there!

Mine's, HERE.Happy SWF!

T and S said...

Lovely shot, the coverage of the entire span of the beach so beautiful

Gattina said...

What a beautiful landscape !!

About Belgian skies, yesterday was an exception, today it's grey again, lol !

Suzanne said...

Wow that is a beautiful photo. What a lovely place to holiday and spend some time.
Happy SWF.

Reader Wil said...

Marvellous! Isn't New Zealand beautiful? I was on the South Island in January and part of February 2005 with my Australian daughter and children.

indicaspecies said...

Feel like talking a long walk on that inviting beach. Thanks for sharing this lovely photograph.

- celine
http://indicainq8.wordpress.com

Neal said...

So serene an beautiful!

reluctantfarmchik said...

Oh, this is gorgeous. I loved taking drives along the beach when I was young. Your picture took me back to there. Very nice.

Erin said...

beach shots are always so serene and soothing...love the shot

maryt/theteach said...

Never been to New Zealand, Bobbie. But I've been to Australia...now there's a country! :)

Dewdrop said...

It does look like the perfect lookout spot... wow, a month in New Zealand?! I am JEALOUS! Looks gorgeous!

Carver said...

That's a fabulous shot and I love the way you show the curve of the shore line.

Shinade said...

What a beautiful location and a fabulous shot. Now I want to go to New Zealand for sure.

You really got a fantastic shot! What a wonderful SWF:-)

John said...

What a great shot!

fishing guy said...

Bobbie: That is a beautiful beach and sky shown today.

Arija said...

Nice beach, but a bit crowded?
Much like our beaches across the big ditch. Nice shot.

Denise said...

What a great beach that is. I was thinking that a lot of these photos I see are great advertisements. Makes me want to hop on a plane tomorrow :) I wish! Great photo!

SandyCarlson said...

Oh, that is a perfectly serene view. Thanks.

BNS said...

Thanks to all my SkyWatch friends for visiting.

To those of you who mentioned that this New Zealand beach reminded them of Hawaii, you may be interested to know that many coastal areas of New Zealand reminded us of Hawaii, too -- but both the air, and especially the water, were much colder. Brrr.

Bobbie