Sunset at Leisure Island (Moturiki), Mt Maunganui, NZ

I’ve was lucky enough to call Mount Maunganui home for a few years, and I’ve photographed Mauao (“The Mount“) many times from Moturiki Island, but I haven’t spent a lot of time exploring the island itself as a subject.

The island has a lot of history, including at one stage being a huge water park called Leisure Island, complete with water slides. It’s hard to imagine, as it’s covered in trees these days. I made this image one night while exploring the beach. It’s almost unrecognisable from this angle, which I kind of like, as finding a new perspective on a popular location is always a challenge for a landscape photographer.

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