One of the most beautiful cities in the world, in my view, is Auckland. Thanks to its rare combination of beautiful beaches, clean city streets, breathtaking waterfalls, vast forests (home to beautiful native trees), and volcanic cones boasting wonderful 360-degree vistas of the city, it is one of the best locations for an engagement photo shoot in New Zealand. When it comes to engagement pictures, you have a lot of choices. This blog post will go over my personal favourite places in Auckland for engagement images. The fact that you can see the sun rise at the beginning of the day and set at the end of the day is one of Auckland's most distinctive features. This is due to the fact that it has both an east and west coast, and it is situated on a very narrow piece of land when viewed on a map. This is a feature that is seldom found in New Zealand (or anywhere else for that matter).
This list is based on my personal experience photographing engagement shoots in Auckland; I've done a lot of them and am very familiar with the locations. The beach at Muriwai is absolutely breathtaking. It is, in my opinion, one of the best locations in Auckland for engagement portraits. It's in West Auckland, which is, in my opinion, Auckland's most beautiful neighbourhood. It's also the location of one of my favourite pictures. , the first picture below took first place in the world's best engagement photo competition (for more on this, see this page). It also has some of the most spectacular sunsets I've ever seen. If you're fortunate enough to have a sunny day, you'll be able to see the sun actually set below the horizon! Muriwai also has a gannet colony, which means that birds are constantly flying overhead (and you might get lucky and get some in your photos!). It has fascinating rock formations, sparkling black sand, and depending on the tide, we may be able to slip into the cave for some dramatic portraits. Tips: The cave is not open if the tide is too high, so it's worth finding this out ahead of time. The light is best at night, but the beach usually has some visitors and members of the general public.
Since the beach is very large and people are usually polite, this has never been a problem for me. Maori Bay is also located on Auckland's West Coast. It's also one of Auckland's most famous places for engagement pictures. I'll confess that I'm a little biassed towards this photoshoot locations Auckland, but it's truly breathtaking! Although it is close to Muriwai Beach, the photos it provides may appear to be very different. Since you are directly below the gannet colony at Maori Bay, you should be able to get birds flying into the background of your pictures. It, too, is a black sand beach, but it is much smaller and less crowded than Muriwai Beach. It has a cave that, in my opinion, is superior to the cave at Muriwai Beach because of its size and the fact that it has two entrances.
This means there are many photo opportunities in beautiful light. Maori Bay is significantly more difficult to reach than Muriwai. The beach is lower than the parking lot, so you'll have to step over some rocks to get to it. Wearing heels is not a good idea. My favourite waterfall in Auckland for engagement images is Karekare Falls, which is situated in the Waitakere Ranges in West Auckland. It's not just mostly tourist-free (at least it has been every time I've been there), but it's also really close to the highway. I'm talking about a 2 minute stroll, at most. Karekare Falls is the waterfall for you if you do not like hiking. In my experience, most waterfalls in New Zealand need at least some hiking, so this waterfall is at the top of my list for accessibility! It has a lovely waterfall in the background (who doesn't love a waterfall in their engagement photos?) as well as some lush green trees. The beach at Karekare is also within walking distance (which is also on this list, further down).
I'll give you a heads up: there are eels in that water. However, they do not seem to bite. Kitekite Falls could be a better choice for you if you don't like eels. Piha Beach is a black sand beach on Auckland's West Coast that is known for its rough seas (I wouldn't swim there, to be honest) and people needing to be saved from said rough seas (I'm really selling it here, aren't I?). There's also a show called Piha Rescue that's dedicated to it... When we do an engagement shoot, however, we are not swimming, so it is perfect! This huge rock covered in greenery is one of Piha's most beautiful features. A large number of smaller rocks can also be found. Again, I have the impression that I am not even selling this. Floating rocks that need to be saved from the sea. I'm thinking of just letting the photos speak for themselves. The photographs below were taken on Piha Beach. The unusual black sand is a real eye-catcher. Tips: Because Piha has spectacular sunsets, this is the perfect time to visit. Since it is a popular beach, there will be a large number of people – surfers and visitors – scattered all over the beach. This should not be a concern due to its size; you could even end up with a surfer in your pictures!
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