At the very north end of the South Island, Kahuangi National Park was my favorite stop of the first 3 days in New Zealand. I stood under a tree with the guide for about 20 minutes waiting for the rain to stop so I could capture this shot.
For this shot, I used the mighty Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4 at f8 with a 1 second exposure to blur the water. It’s just a superb micro-four-thirds lens.
My portfolio shot is a two image panorama. You can check it out along with my other New Zealand landscapes in my portfolio.
If you’d like to visit Kahuangi National Park, I highly recommend it. You can easily spend a few days at the park and in the surrounding area hiking and taking photos. KNP is the second largest of the thirteen New Zealand national parks.
The photo below gives you another view into how dense and lush the forest is in this part of New Zealand.
Hotels Near Kahuangi National Park
I stayed at the Last Resort in Karamea, which is a clean and comfortable stay about 20 miles from the park. While it’s a little rustic, it was very comfortable and totally convenient. Plus, the people running it were super friendly, as were the other guests. The cafe on site had tasty meals for breakfast and dinner, even including some gluten free options. I was really impressed at having options to stay gluten free.