Day 18/35 – Part 1/3

Sunrise

This morning I get up early with the beautiful skies of yesterday morning still in my mind. I first drive to the Kaikoura Lookout, a high vantagepoint, in the hope that the Kaikoura Mountains will be illuminated nicely, but this is not the case yet. It’s now well over three quarters of an hour before sunrise, just to early. Better to return to the beach close to the hotel and try again later.

This is much better. Now it’s 40 minutes before sunrise.

Kaikoura Coast

Kaikoura Coast

Kaikoura Coast

15 minutes before sunrise it’s becoming much lighter already.

Kaikoura Coast

This is the last one here. I’am due to go back to the vantage point.

Kaikoura Coast

The whole south side of the peninsula is bathing in a red glow, both the sky and the ocean. This, while the sky on the north side, I am just coming from, was deep blue.

Kaikoura Mountains

The colors intensify further. I have seldom seen such a bizar sky!

Kaikoura Mountains

Kaikoura Mountains

The colors start to drop…

Kaikoura Mountains

…and not much later everything is business as usual.

Kaikoura Mountains

That was a beautiful show! More than worth it to get up early for.

Maps, Charts & Downloads

GPS Map with color coded altitude information

Color coded distance/altitude chart

Color coded distance/altitude chart, New Zealand Late Summer 2011, Day 18

Download the original gpx file gpx file here.

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