Te Hoiere / Pelorus River | New Zealand Travel Photography

Travel photography of a rocky river bank and dark green flowing water, framed by dense forest and a road bridge in New Zealand
A bridge crosses the rocky shores and cool green water of the Pelorus River, on the south island of New Zealand

On the last day of our New Zealand adventures, we had a short drive to the ferry in Picton at the northern end of the South Island, and wanted one last taste of the amazing wilderness we’d encountered across the country during our two week ramble. Perusing the map and a guidebook that pointed us toward lesser-traveled locations, we spotted a scenic gorge at the Pelorus River bridge. This beautiful spot happened to be on our route, and turned out to be a perfect afternoon to capture a final few dozen frames of New Zealand travel photography.

The path to Te Hoiere river winds through lush forest, ferns and colourful berries, and is shaded by tall trees. While most people seemed to choose paths to the bridge itself, we picked a trail that led a little further up the gorge. It was quiet, peaceful, and we hadn’t even reached the water yet.

Emerging from the forest, we discovered a beautiful crystal clear river, tinted green, meandering through smooth boulders and colorful rocky riverbanks. The texture of the stones, and clarity of the water was so inviting, we lingered in the afternoon sun, soaking up the natural beauty.

I hope to return someday, with the time for a swim. This was a special place, unexpected and just far enough off-the-beaten-path to feel removed from the usual scenic destinations in New Zealand. We found it to be a lovely spot to catch our breath after so many busy days of exploring the country, and a perfect ending to a wonderful adventure.

You can find the full set of Pelorus River photos in my archives, and selected New Zealand travel photography prints in my shop.

Lynn Canyon Park, Vancouver, BC

Visiting Lynn Canyon Park in British Columbia during the summer months can be a bit daunting; crowds flock to the swaying suspension bridge, tumbling waterfalls, easy walking trails and accessible swimming holes. In the July heat though, the shady riverbank and lush forest is a lovely, easy escape from the bustling nearby city of Vancouver.

The 617 acres of forest habitat contains second-growth forest with trees up to 100 years old. The suspension bridge crosses a deep gorge at a height of 50 meters and was built in 1912. Across the bridge, quiet paths meander through beautiful woods, with many side-trails leading down to the river.

One of the most interesting details encountered on this foray were the smooth, textural tree roots as they emerge from the edges of the walking trails. Viewed in detail, they provide notable contrast to the green leafy canopy above and clear flowing waters nearby. In the image below, you may notice a tiny bit of trash; I have debated whether or not to remove this human element with photoshop, as it distracts from the natural pattern and monochromatic composition of the photograph. For now I have left the scrap of blue as a reminder that this is indeed a park, rather than a wilderness, where the mark of many visitors continues to shape the environment, even subtly.

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Click here to see the full set of Lynn Canyon Park & Suspension Bridge images