The Hunt for Narnia

14 02 2016

I was on the hunt.

The hunt for ‘THE photo’.  The one that comes up when you start falling down the rabbit hole when searching for images of ‘New Zealand Beaches’.  The one that just so happens to also be the imagery of the entrance to Narnia in the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ movie.

And Nathan wanted to go kayaking.

And so, what better way to kill 2 birds with one stone than by taking a kayaking tour through the Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve to Cathedral Cove – home of stone archways and white sand beaches accessible only by water or on foot.


Kayaks lined up and ready to go!

In my imagination, the sun would be shining, the waves would be gentle and Nathan and I would kayak in perfect harmony.

Well, had I really thought about what we were about to do…and realized that it was a little stormy out, we had to push through the breakers on the beach to be jostled on the open (not so gentle) water and that Nathan and I would have no clear rhythm because apparently I was following the beat of my own drum, to which the rhythm kept changing…perhaps I would opted for the 45 minute hike to the beach instead of the idyllic option of arriving by kayak.

But, we did in fact make it.  I was a little woozy from the waves, and we were both thankful not to have made use of the safety ‘what to do if you capsize‘ speech – which did have to be used by one group!

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By the time we hit the beach, the sun was shining and the water was sparkling.




And I was on the hunt to find that right angle for my photo!


And after walking back and forth underneath the stone archway and not being able to remember exactly what the photo looked like, and which rock was framed in the archway, and wondering if perhaps the tide was wrong for the angle….Nathan was about to call it.  Obviously…..the photo was photoshopped!!  And THE PHOTO as I had imagined, was not possible without a little work in post.

But then we found it.  A little more crowded than we would have liked (but, what are you going to do in the middle of the afternoon on a weekend in peak season…).


The Entrance to Narnia

And so we had a little fun with the silhouettes.



And while we were playing in the caves…..Brad was busy like a bee making cappuccinos and lattes on the beach!



Latte with a View

And so, the day comes to an end, and although I didn’t end of up with the picture-perfect photo I had hunted for, my photo did come with the story of a 4 1/2 hour journey in a kayak, battling salty waves, sea sickness and uncoordinated partners, paddling through sea caves, averting capsize and somehow always being the first off the beach!





One response

15 02 2016

sounds awesome – fantastic photos!

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