Arataki Nature Trail

Arataki Nature Trail – HDR, ISO 320, 15mm, f/8.0, 1/80th second, Sony A7Rii, Handheld

Arataki Nature Trail

One of the many nature trails in the area the Arataki Nature Trail is a beautiful yet fairly short hike to cover all the trails. The visitor center has a lot of great art and information of the local area.

The first day I was in Auckland Matt took me to the Arataki visitor center. It’s a short drive from his house in New Lynn. It was just enough walking to help me work out the stiffness of 14 hours on a plane. The area is just gorgeous and there are lots of little signs showing what all the different trees are called.

Arataki Visitor Center location map

Arataki Visitor Center location

Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at and writing about my experiences at