When we travel, like a lot of people, we crave the idea of an original and authentic location. A special spot where we can relax and find inspiration in the landscape and people who fill it. Some of these qualities we discovered at Whananaki. Betty and Jeff had run this charming holiday park for the last 40-50 years.
After a small amount of convincing, I managed to take both Betty and Jeff away from their guests to have some portraits taken. Truly fantastic people. We touched on various subjects, including Jeff's background in politics. He radiated authentic New Zealand charm as we chatted in his dust ridden truck.
The following day he was booked for a meeting with the New Zealand prime minister.
The park boundary is a majestic estuary that when the sun sets shimmers with saturated reflections. We wandered around in the evening mesmerised by the soft yellow light that hit the sides of the wooden cabins. All very alternative.