5 Dazzling Photos of Opotiki New Zealand

  April 22, 2018 travel posts 🕑 2 minutes read


As Kelli and I prepare to head to our next house sit in Timaru I want to share 5 photos I snapped tonight in Opotiki.


I attempted to walk around the countryside but Jake – doggy we’re watching – ran after me. Undeterred, I hustled home, hopped in the car and cruised to the orchards around the block.


Imagine a narrow road sitting at the top of a hill, surrounded by deep, sweeping valleys. The South Pacific beckons on the left hand side. Towering mountains greet your eyes to the west and south.


I snapped these photos before sunset, as the fiery ball made way for the horizon.


Enjoy ’em guys.


5 Dazzling Photos of Opotiki New Zealand


The body of water: The Bay of Plenty. AKA, the South Pacific. Cumulonimbus clouds often blanketed the horizon, the product of moist conditions and strong updrafts. Yes; I am a meteorologist by schooling.



Lush farm land worked over by cows and sheep supplies the foreground. Dramatic mountains serve as the background. Meadows look like carpets here. Frequent rain combined with fertile soil make for perfect growing conditions. Local Kiwis say you can drop something into the soil and it grows on its own. After tending to gardens in the backyard I nod. Save some watering – Nature did a fair amount – all I did was observe growth and pick spinach, Batchoy, mandarins, lemons, grapes, parsley and basil.



I snapped this shot from the side of the road, beside a wire fence. Cows seemed to be prepping for the evening. None in sight. Look closely; note the featured image for this post. I zoomed in on this picture to establish contrast between towering mountain and ample green pasture. Blogging From Paradise fans may observe how I snapped multiple stunning shots from the same exact location. Turns out; this is one area where I could pull to the side of the road without feeling like I’d be run over by a lumber truck or farmer doing a Mario Andretti impersonation. They drive fast here.



Kelli spotted the billowing clouds hugging mountains after I returned to the crib. I obliged with a photo.  You probably noted some 20 shots from this deck alone. We enjoyed stunning views every morning, afternoon and evening, being perched nearly atop a hill some 50 meters over the Bay of Plenty.


Which is your favorite picture?

  1. Gaurav Kumar says:
    at 6:04 am

    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for sharing your journey of NewZealand with all. These are definitely amazing. I think I should visit there someday soon.

  2. Andrew Foss says:
    at 6:55 am

    I do not recall seeing Palm Trees in the Shire! They also remind me somewhat of Los Angeles (except is is green and there are lots of trees). More because in LA, the Mountains meet the sea in the same way. When there was no smog, you could see the grandure of the LA Mountains, and from the right locations, overlook the Pacific ocean as well.

    For my favorite, I pick the the third picture – where you talk about lush farm land worked over by cows. This reminds me more of Pennsylvania. While we do not have the mountains, we have lots of open space farmlands with rolling hills.

    What a beautiful countryside!

  3. BG jenkins says:
    at 9:25 am

    Hi Ryan, These are magnificent landscapes. I believe my favorite is picture #2. It includes a combination of all in deep and lush green colors with land, sea, and sky. The great descriptions help to enhance every view. (I have noticed the speeding cars in some of your videos.)

    This is a perfect backdrop for living the dream… “Blogging from Paradise.” Exquisite. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  4. Monna Ellithorpe says:
    at 2:35 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    Pick a favorite? How tough can you be on a person? LOL I guess #3. I’m watching the series “Outlander” which I know is Scotland but the countryside in that picture looks so much like the movie I’m watching.

    Again, I thank you so much for sharing all of your pictures from your travels.

  5. Scarlet says:
    at 5:40 pm

    I loved seeing your photos. New Zealand is high up on my bucket list! I can’t wait!

  6. Renuka Walter says:
    at 11:35 pm

    New Zealand is definitely on my bucket-list. I’d like to visit it just for its stunning landscapes!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:47 am

      Do visit Renuka! The South Island especially deserves a visit 😉 Stunning, jaw-dropping place.

  7. Maria Eves says:
    at 6:08 am

    Hi Ryan an Kelli do glad you enjoyed your stay in Opotiki very pictureque where you were staying.Pity you didnt drive over to Ohope beach probably 1/2 hr away stunning beach lifestyle there. TOURism hotspot. Winter is here…keep warm an safe..south island. Brrrtrrr lol

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:33 pm

      Actually we did Maria 😉 We had lunch in Ohope and walked the beach one day. Loved it! Will bundle up my friend here in bumpkin land in the South LOL. Thanks so much!

  8. Deb F says:
    at 9:22 am

    So beautiful! This is giving me that travel bug itch and making me want to explore New Zealand next.

  9. LYNA DOLL says:
    at 7:46 pm

    Hi Ryan,
    You always capture the best pictures of view… Beautiful nature !

  10. Rhonda Albom says:
    at 5:33 pm

    I can’t believe we were this close and missed each other. We arrived in Opotiki two days after you left. Interesting that you found people drive fast here, we seemed to always be behind the slow logging trucks. Glad you enjoyed your time here. We did too. I like all the photos, as I have most of the same images in my head from our recent visit.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:55 pm

      So crazy that we missed each other by 2 days Rhonda but I am happy you had some slow logging trucks to deal with; better than the fast ones that seem destined to kill you LOL.

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