Photo: Kaikoura Peninsula Canterbury

Visiting Kaikoura Peninsula in Canterbury on the South Island of New Zealand at sunset is a breathtaking experience if you like beautiful scenery and wildlife.

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Sunset lights up the Kaikoura coastline Mountain Range and the water of Kaikoura Peninsula glistens as the last rays of sun disappear over the horizon of Canterbury, New Zealand. The shores of the Kaikoura Peninsula on the South Island of New Zealand are extremely rugged and extend five kilometers into the Pacific Ocean.

The Maori people have lived around the Kaikoura Peninsula in Canterbury for the better part of 1000 years. They used the peninsula as a base for hunting Moa and harvesting crayfish off the shores of Kaikoura. In the 19th century, whaling stations were established but today the whales are more protected and the waters of the Kaikoura Peninsula are a superb place to watch whales. The whales frequent these waters because of the abundance of marine life that is brought in by strong currents from the Hikurangi Trench.

You can also spend time watching the colony of fur seals that are commonly seen around the Kaikoura Peninsula in Canterbury, New Zealand. Sunset is the ideal time for this as the seals seem a little more active in the waters of Kaikoura Peninsula when the day seems to be more peaceful.

The Kaikoura Peninsula in Canterbury is a picturesque location with some of the most beautiful scenery and nature that New Zealand has to offer.

Sunset on the Kaikoura Peninsula near the Seal Colony looking towards the Kaikoura Mountain Range, Kaikoura, Canterbury, East Coast, South Island, New Zealand.

This picture is part of the photo album "Sunset Pictures" - there are more beautiful images waiting for you.

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I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/13.0, exposure time of 15/1 sec. on ISO 50, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 25mm.

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