Near Biggs Tops, Wangapeka Track, New Zealand
Biggs Tops is an alternate route through the Wangapeka Track in Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand, an old gold miner's track connecting Golden Bay to the west coast, which takes 4-5 days to hike. This route bypasses Helicopter Flat Hut and connects Trevor Carter Hut, near the confluence of the Taipo and Karamea Rivers, to the Wangapeka Saddle. Be warned that Biggs Tops is a very steep descent. My knees almost gave up on me while going down towards Trevor Carter Hut.
The Wangapeka Track in Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand, an old gold miner's track connecting Gol...
There are many sightseeing areas along the road that follows the Buller river, this scene is a short ...
Moria Gate, near Karamea, located in Kahurangi National Park, is an arch carved by a river over thous...
Driving up to Karamea in the Buller region of West Coast, New Zealand, one could be forgiven for thin...
Huge arches carved out by weather in limestone country. caves and walks down through caverns complete...
walking into here is like approaching the "womb of the earth"
moving further into the cavern, both openings become evident, and the feeling of being enclosed lesse...
Driving between Nelson and Westport, at some point you will reach Hope Saddle, a high point within th...
A very shaky panorama due to having to hand-hold in almost darkness.
Forever has always existed.
In the mythology of Oceanic peoples, it's been there along with Darkness and the Sea.
The Earth came from the efforts of Old Spider, who soared over the endless sea and found a giant clam. She opened it and crawled inside, finding a snail there to share the space with her. She set the snail in the west and made it into the Moon to shed some light into the darkness. Together they raised up the top of the clam shell to make the sky, pushing it until it was wide open.
Then they pushed the bottom half of the clam shell in the other direction to make the ground. The earth was called Papa and the sky Ranga. These are the two first beings who created all the flowers, plants, trees and animals on the islands, and fish in the sea.
They celebrated all their open space by making as many beautiful creatures as they could imagine, but they still remained separated by the work of the original Old Spider. Each night, Ranga weeps for his beloved Papa earth, and this is where the morning dew comes from.
Polynesia means "many islands" and when you see these pictures, you will want to visit all of them. To make it simple, the islands sit in a triangle described by connecting Hawaii, New Zealand and Easter Island.
There are over a thousand of these islands of surfer's paradise in the central and south Pacific Ocean. It's stunning. Look at the color of the water here! And the sunset... these speak for themselves. Could you be happy in this little house? How about some reef diving inside a lagoon?
Put this one in full screen and don't come back. Love, 360.
Text by Steve Smith.