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Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-11
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF 17-40mm f.4 L USM
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand Scenes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-25 22:09
Viewed: 1894
Points: 48
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Waiheke Island

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. . .

Waiheke Island
is in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand, 17.7 km (about 35 minutes by ferry) from Auckland. Of the Hauraki Gulf islands, it is the second-largest), the most populated and the most accessible by regular ferry and air services. Waiheke is the third most populated island in New Zealand, after the North and South Islands.

My youngest son was married on Waiheke Island last January, and our whole family of 16 rented a house for the week of the wedding. He and his lovely fiancee chose the vineyard, Stoney Ridge, to hold their wedding at, and as there were many overseas guests invited, they thought Waiheke Island would be a great place to introduce a small part of New Zealand to them.

It was a beautiful wedding ( see photo ) and we had a lovely family week together.

Waiheke Island is 19.3 km long from east to west and varies in width from 0.64 km to 9.65 km, with an area of 92 km2. The coastline is 133.5 km including 40 km of beaches. The port of Matiatia at the western end of the island is 17.7 km from Auckland and the eastern end is 21.4 km from Coromandel It is very hilly with few flat areas, the highest point being Maunganui at 231 m. The climate is generally warmer than Auckland with less humidity and rain and more sunshine hours.

There is a permanent population of around 7,000 residents. Waiheke Island is a popular holiday spot. During the period around Christmas, it is said that the population on the island can swell to over 30,000 people

The Island has award winning vineyards, olive groves and pasture land. The residential areas are in small village settings each with it's own character. There is a slower pace of life than the city across the water and is a great place for a holiday or vacation and to relax and unwind.

Waiheke is also a popular destination for romantic weddings with venues ranging from white sandy beaches to vineyards and up market restaurants.

Kilted-Arab, juyona, Adri, sanita, chrisJ, GreenBaron, riverfriends, thegraduate, Travelcam, Dingo, puffy, boomcat, Josine, Refugee has marked this note useful
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To chrisJ: WaihekeJanice 4 11-26 06:22
To BLR: Thank youJanice 1 11-26 02:16
To Janone: Kia ora en groetjes van JaniceJanice 1 11-26 02:13
To GreenBaron: Thank youJanice 1 11-26 02:09
To Kilted-Arab: ScotlandJanice 1 11-25 22:37
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Another lovely view from NZ, Janice...I love how you have modelled yourselves on Scotland :-)

The combination of land and sea with the wee yachts dotted around really does make this an attractive and interesting shot. Very pleasant indeed!

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  • BLR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 90 W: 1 N: 143] (601)
  • [2007-11-25 22:53]
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Hey Janice,

I hope to one day make a stop over in NZ, my oldest cousin lives there, and I think it's high time I see her again, it's been more than seven years since I last saw her! And the fact that she lives in such a stunning part of the planet, really does add more motive to seeing her again. ;)

Beautiful landscape you caught here... and it's so laid back with the sail boats hanging around in the little cove... beautifully natural. Thank you for sharing this Janice. :)

(The note is very lovely too... must have been a great ceremony!)


Very beautiful pastoral view! Like the colors, POV.

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  • Adri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 26 N: 1877] (12221)
  • [2007-11-26 0:09]

I like this wunderful vieuw. Nice colours and composition. I live in the province Zeeland in the Netherlands and once I want to visit the real New Zealand!
Greetings from Holland,

This look like the perfect holiday spot, thanks for a awesome picture and note Janice.

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2007-11-26 1:19]

Hola amiga,
realmente bello este lugar,
agradable pov y dof, color y composición...
saludos Janice.

Hi Janice

A wonderful landscape with attractive blue & green colours & good sharpness. The fg vineyard & posts add depth. Tfs!

  • Janone Gold Star Critiquer [C: 3409 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-26 1:53]
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Very good eh..Evening, Janice.
Wow, what a lovely place this is.
Excellent looking picture you took there. What a magnificent view.! Sure a place to be.
Seen the photo of the wedding couple, looks very lovely too.
Bit late, but congratulations for them.
The story sounds like ours, when our Ingrid got married in Sicily. We rented a large villa at the sloopes of the Etna, since that we're in love with Sicily. Especially when after Johnny got married there a Sicilian girl and is living there now.
Kia ora en groetjes van Jan

Hi Jannie,
Great panoramic view, well captured. So this is what I hope to see next year? Excellent colours and light. Fine balanced picture the grape(?)trees in the FG are a wonderfull lead in and the boats in the bay a nice deatil. Well done my dear Jannie!

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2007-11-26 2:26]

Hi Janice
Very beautiful landscape photo.
Good composition.
Gr Jos

Hello Janice:
This is picture perfect:)
and I like the Wedding photo becauase you have a handsom son & beautiful daughter-in-law:)
Thank you so much for sharing!!!

Nice capture of Waiheke Janice.
Reminds me of my time there on Christian camps in the 70s and staying with friends at Palm Beach.
Also used to sail around there a lot.
Lovely place.

Hi Janice
Great coposition and pov. I think one-day I might visit NZ.
Have a great Day

HI Janice

How are you?

This is a lovely composition. Terrific POV and highlights the natural beauty of this setting AND the summer which many believe has now begun. Let's hope so. :-)

Nice colours and detail, your note is goo too. Congrats and TFS.


Stunning view Janice! I have heard a lot of this island lately and am glad to have an idea of what it looks like now! great comp too. thank you.

Hello Janice,

A wonderful composition. Great colors and details, good sharpness. Excellent work! TFS

Best regards,

hi Janice
light and colours, depth, POV and framing are excellent, great view

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2007-11-26 13:06]

What a beautiful country you live in, Janice. Dingo, Ann & I might take up your invitation to come running on those beaches of yours ;o)). Nice view here, lovely saturated colours of our planet at its best.

Hi Janice,
Beautiful,very nice place.
Best regards,

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2007-11-28 0:12]

Beautiful shot my friend,

Love the composition here, you have capture a wonderful Auckland scene...:D The sail boats, sea and mountain.. everything in it, :D Well captured,


what a breathtaking view, Janice.. i sure enjoyed reading your note and look into your family photos.. :)

excellent sharpness, composition and detail.

tfs and regards, terry

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  • Josine Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 922 W: 21 N: 652] (4069)
  • [2007-11-28 21:38]

This would be a great place for apicknick!
It's beautiful and the trees/bushes are so lush and green!! WOW! I love this picture. TFS

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  • Norte Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 63 W: 7 N: 70] (370)
  • [2007-11-28 21:56]

A lovely view, and one I remember from a six weeks roundtrip at NZ some years ago. Should have been there now...
Warm good colors, and a fine composition.
Very good depth created by the nearby vegetation.
Best regards from the snow and moonshine far north.

Excellent POV Janice. Lovely light, good colour and fine detail. TFS,

PS your notes for adding to themes muchly appreciated.

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  • k-2 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 605 W: 26 N: 503] (3638)
  • [2007-12-05 18:36]

Hi Janice.

The FG brown trees lead the eye to the penninsula which leads the eye to the islands which leads the eye to the blue water which leads the eye to the volcano. The composition is great. TFS. K2

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