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Muriwai seascape

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Seascape at Muriwai 3527

I’ve mentioned feeling that I couldn’t get enough of the ocean around New Zealand, so I’ll be sure to keep sprinkling the upcoming botanical pictures with views from various places along the coast. Here’s a seascape from Muriwai on the west coast of the North Island on February 7th. The water is the Tasman Sea, a portion of the Pacific Ocean that lies between Australia (think Tasmania) and New Zealand.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 16, 2015 at 5:57 AM

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  1. I was wondering if you’d made it here–Muriwai is one of my very favorite places near Auckland! Did you climb the hill to the overlook of the gannet colony?


    March 16, 2015 at 8:26 AM

  2. Catch the wave.

    Steve Gingold

    March 16, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    • A little outside the frame on the right, a group of people were gathered for what seemed to be a class in scuba diving or surfing. They may have been about to catch the waves more literally than I did with my camera.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 16, 2015 at 8:44 AM

  3. Seeing a sea is captivating, isn’t it? I can never get enough of it either.


    March 16, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    • The place where I grew up on Long Island was less than half an hour from the Atlantic Ocean, and that’s something I miss in central Texas. The Gulf Coast is about four hours from Austin, but I’ve not found it all that scenic. Still, it’s better than no ocean, so I should try to visit more often than once every several years.

      In any case, New Zealand’s coast is great, and I’ll be glad to share it with you, even if only vicariously.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 16, 2015 at 9:13 AM

      • I, too, grew up not far from the sea and really crave it. I’m disappointed to learn that the gulf coast isn’t pretty… I’ve been wondering about that. Currently I’m intending to live on an island in Puget Sound. It will be beautiful, but not really seanic, like you are showing. Thank you! 🙂


        March 16, 2015 at 9:18 AM

        • I hope I’m not selling the Gulf Coast short. There are wildflowers that choose to live there, and probably other maritime things to get interested in if I spent the time. The coast, though, isn’t seanic like New Zealand’s, or as pretty as not-so-gorgeous-but-still-oceany Long Island’s. Maybe I need to speak Spanish to it.

          My impression is that Puget Sound is closer to the appeal of New Zealand than to the non-appeal of the Gulf of Mexico. Puget Sound is also cold, but then so is New Zealand for much of the year.

          Steve Schwartzman

          March 16, 2015 at 9:32 AM

  4. We stayed in a barn overlooking that ‘sea’ and woke every morning to watch the waves and gaze at the incredible blues and greens of the water. You have captured it well.


    March 16, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    • And you’ve remembered it well. I never got to see a sunrise or an early morning on the west coast, but the daytime views were still great.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 16, 2015 at 1:43 PM

  5. I will add my agreement to ‘seanic’.


    March 16, 2015 at 11:51 PM

  6. A beach we went to a lot when I was a child growing up in Auckland. I took some photos yesterday of the high seas near Napier – courtesy of Cyclone Pam. A lot wilder than this. But Muriwai is deceiving and there are a lot of rips that can pull you right out.

    Raewyn's Photos

    March 17, 2015 at 3:23 PM

  7. […] main reason people go to Muriwai on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island, aside from the beach itself, is the Australasian gannets (known in Māori as tākapu and in biospeak as Morus serrator) nesting […]

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