Taken 8-Feb-10
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Keywords:stewart island, new zealand, mason, bay, landscape, mason bay, rakuira, rakuira national park, pingao, sand dunes, kiwi, tracks, sand
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Dimensions4368 x 2912
Original file size13.3 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken8-Feb-10 20:07
Date modified7-Nov-11 17:38
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Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 5D
Focal length24 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/50 at f/16
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modeUnknown
Pingao restoration 1

Pingao restoration 1

Mason Bay is a sweeping, 16km crescent of sandy beach on Stewart Island's west coast. Two sheep runs began here in the 1870s, one continuing through until 1985 but the access difficulties and remoteness saw these ventures close down. Today this area is within the Rakiura National Park. The normally nocturnal southern tokeaka (brown kiwi) living at Mason Bay have a unique trait where they are often seen out foraging during daylight hours.

Rugged and bush-clad, Stewart Island is New Zealand’s third largest island, of which over 80 per cent is set aside as the Rakiura National Park. Back in 1770, Captain James Cook's crew were the first Europeans to sight the island but they mapped it as a cape connected to the South Island. Separated from the South Island by Foveaux Strait, the only town is Oban, on Halfmoon Bay. Fishing has been, historically, the most important element of the economy of Stewart Island/Rakiura, and while it remains important, tourism has become the main source of income for islanders.