Local Heart, Global Soul

October 12, 2018

When Weather Fronts Collide…

Our first night in Hanmer Springs brought a spectacular sunset. The little alpine village lays in a small basin lodged between the smaller hills that separate it from the coast to the east, and the foothills of the Southern Alps to the west. Each of these coasts of New Zealand’s South Island have their own unique weather patterns and sometimes, on evenings like this, we sit in the exact spot to see the two collide. There is a weather front on the west coast colliding with one on the east and the result is an amazing cloud formation that was a stunning sight as the sun set. These photos were all taken in less than ten minutes in a 360 degree view around the little house we were staying in.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. When a place has all four seasons in a day, the sun rises and sets have to work fast. Beautiful.

    Comment by lisakunk — October 12, 2018 @ 1:05 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Lisa,
      Yes, this area is well known for some pretty amazing sunsets, and yes, speed in grabbing the camera is always of the essence.

      Comment by kiwidutch — October 12, 2018 @ 10:23 pm | Reply

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