Where whalers once anchored.........! by Roy  Massicks

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In the 1800’s this view would have shown many whaling vessels and other sailing ships as it was the main port of New Zealand. The present day view shows three large yachts anchoring in the lee of Flagstaff Hill, Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand. In the background can be seen Paihia which is the main base for tourists wishing to explore the Bay of Islands – this has also been named the third most popular destination for overseas tourists in N.Z.

Panasonic LUMIX – GH2 at 54mm, 14×140 lens, 1/100, f/8, iso 160, manual.
From a single RAW image.


  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksabout 2 years ago

  • NikonJohn
    NikonJohnabout 2 years ago

    You had a beautiful vantage point for this shot Roy! I keep wondering why more people don’t live permanently in such a wonderful place. Better for the locals like you of course and for preserving the unspoiled beauty of the area.

  • Thank you for your very kind words John – the reason why more people don’t live in these wonderful places is because the people already living there won’t let them…….ha ha ! We like the peace and quiet when the tourists go home ! Actually, house prices in the Bay of Islands have dropped considerably compared with say Auckland – for $NZ350,000 to $450,000 you can buy quite a nice place at the moment.

    – Roy Massicks

  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 2 years ago

    Super picture Roy! Those are good sized yachts!

  • Many thanks David – yep, the Yuppy’s from Auckland are here for their once a year pilgrimage to Paradise !

    – Roy Massicks

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98about 2 years ago

    Magnificent Roy! What a great vantage point you found and I am very taken by the way in which the slopes form a V to make an ideal frame for the yachts.

  • Thank you very much Peter – your kind words are appreciated. Yes, that V was just at the right point !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 2 years ago

    This is a beautiful cature dear Roy.You can just imagine those Whalers anchored there.x

  • Many thanks Catherine – yes I can and picture them anchored all waiting to row ashore !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Thank you also for the favourite.

    – Roy Massicks

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful scene, great work Roy x

  • Thank you so much Pauline for your great comments and favourite.

    – Roy Massicks

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 2 years ago

    think l’ll buy a house there lol, when l win the lottery xx

  • You’ll need a bit more money in Russell than Paihia to buy a house Lynn – some of them are very expensive and well out of our range !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekabout 2 years ago

    Great overview shot and info Roy ~ must have been very busy with the whaling ships in :)

  • Thank you kindly Susie – yes, I believe it was a very busy port !

    – Roy Massicks

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyabout 2 years ago

    WoW !..This is really beautiful .. what a view ! – Love it xx

  • Thank you so much Gail – your kind comments are appreciated. It does have some fantastic views over the bay.

    – Roy Massicks

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 2 years ago

    Just as well pleased they’ve given it up ~ whaling, that is. At least mostly…. Now it is a truly idyllic-looking spot. And what a vantage-point! Calming to the eye, kudos to the photographer….

  • Many thanks Sheila – I do agree with you over the whaling. The last whaling station in N Z closed down about 1956. I was out one day with a charter party at Gt. Barrier Island fishing and a pod of whales came through and passed us close by……and I mean close ! Fantastic to watch them but a bit scary when you are only in a six metre boat…….!

    – Roy Massicks

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