West Auckland Logo

Whenuapai, West Auckland

About Whenuapai:

Whenuapai is a suburb and aerodrome in the western Albany Ward of Auckland, New Zealand. It is situated on the northwest coast of Waitematā Harbour, 15 kilometres northwest of Auckland’s city centre. The word Whenuapai means good land in Māori.

It is one of the landing points for the Southern Cross Telecommunications Cables, a trans-Pacific telecommunications cable network.

At the 2018 New Zealand census, Whenuapai had a population of 3,888 with 1,263 households.

Royal New Zealand Air Force Facilities 

The construction of Whenuapai as a base for the Wellington bomber aircraft started in 1937.

RNZAF Base Auckland is a Royal New Zealand Air Force Base situated in the upper reaches of Waitematā Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand. Formerly, the base consisted of two separate airfields, Whenuapai and Hobsonville.

Hobsonville was built as a seaplane station in 1928 and until 1967 was the RNZAF's primary flying vessel based in New Zealand. The construction of Whenuapai as a base for Vickers Wellington bomber aircraft began in 1937, and the hangars were completed in 1939.

From 1945 to 1965, Whenuapai was also the civil international airport of Auckland. In 1965, the bases of Whenuapai and Hobsonville were merged into the RNZAF Base Auckland.

westauckland
See the latest from Whenuapai

Often end up with grainy shots like this and I hesitate to post it but Milkyway chasing is about so much more than just the final picture. The thrill of chasing the composition, enjoying staring at the bright stars, running in and out of rain clouds which ALWAYS storm in when you have something lined up, trying to figure out how best to process it later on to portray what you saw and how it felt.. and most memorably the week long recovery after a long night out 😂. This was the last shot of the 'night', taken at 4.42am. This time of year the sky is nice and dark with the galactic core above horizon for extended periods of time but if you want to see it arching over the West Coast then be prepared for some odd hours! 💤
.
.
EXIF:ISO1600,20 seconds,12mm F2.0,Sony A6000
#milkyway #sonyalphanz #sonya6000 #samyang12mmf2 #aucklandcameracentre #astrophotography #niftyfew #auckland #aucklandregion #ourakl #visitauckland #lovelynewzealand #landscapesnz #nightsky #nightscapephotography #photopills #wonderlustnewzealand #landscapephoto #longexponz #nasa #beach #nzbeaches #piha #pihabeach #homegwnnz #nzmustdo #dosomethingnewnz #dosomethingnewnewzealand purenewzealand #westauckland #airnzshareme
...

119 8

🏄 🌊 Tried my hand at some surf photography, this is one genre that is a lot harder than it looks but quite a lot of fun running around trying to find compositions. Used a vintage telephoto lense and I am blown away at how it compresses the background, the sky looks almost like a water painting. Thank you West Auckland beach sunsets for the CRAZY colours!
.
.

#sonyalphanz #sigma400mmf56 #aucklandcameracentre #niftyfew #auckland #aucklandregion #ourakl #visitauckland #lovelynewzealand #landscapesnz #airnzshareme #wonderlustnewzealand #landscapephoto #beach #nzbeaches #piha #pihabeach #homegwnnz #nzmustdo #dosomethingnewnz #dosomethingnewnewzealand #westauckland #surfphotog #surfphotography #nzimagery #sigmaphotoaustralia #raw_australia_nz
...

210 29

🌊 👋 Waved goodbye to the weekend, filled with memories of what seems like several days of adventure. The west coast is very quickly becoming my happy place.
.
.
#sonyalphanz #aucklandcameracentre #niftyfew #auckland #aucklandregion #ourakl #visitauckland #lovelynewzealand #landscapesnz #longexponz #airnzshareme #wonderlustnewzealand #landscapephoto #beach #nzbeaches #piha #pihabeach #homegwnnz #nzmustdo #nzimagery #dosomethingnewnz #westauckland #skyonfire #sunset #nzstuff #backyourbackyard #ig_newzealand #bangersunsets bangersunsets
...

134 18

My face when it’s 11:11 & I make a wish.. 🥰💗✨ || wearing piha_swimwear 👙(gifted) ...

389 43

Beautiful Sunset at Karekare, New Zealand. Photo 📸 By mrlesterchan
Follow ➡️ life_in_new_zealand
*
*
*
*
#karekare #karekarebeach #newzealand #westauckland #westcoastbeaches #nzmustdo #nzmustsee #nzInstagram #nz_Instagram #nztravel #nzphotography #nzpics #explorenz #northisland #explorepage #exploretheworld #lifeinnewzealand #PureNewZealand #purenz #nzlife #nzpure #auckland #aucklandcity #nzsunset #sunset #karekarewaterfalls #piha
...

208 7

Beautiful sunrise at Cornwallis Wharf😍
Photo By 📸 ianray_nz
Follow ➡️ life_in_new_zealand
*
*
*
*
#lifeinnewzealand #cornwallis
#westauckland #auckland #nz #fishing #nzmustdo #nzmustsee #explorenz #nzInstagram #nz_Instagram #northisland #nzSunrise #newzealand #exploretheworld #explorepage #nzbackpackers #nzbeauty #nzphotography #nzpics #nzphotos #nzexplore #cornwalliswharf
...

158 7

🏖️🦁 Collecting sticks to build some kind of hut by Pihas Lion Rock. Spoiler alert, the tide came in moments later and swept those sticks away 🌊 Appreciate every moment while you have it, happy Friday!
.
Sigma 400mm f5.6 adapted to Sony E on A7Riii
.
//EXIF 400mm f/8, ISO100, 1/60sec
#sonyalphanz #sigma400mmf56 #sigmanz #aucklandcameracentre #sunset #niftyfew #auckland #aucklandregion #ourakl #visitauckland #lovelynewzealand #landscapesnz #nightscapephotography #airnzshareme #wonderlustnewzealand #beach #nzbeaches #piha #pihabeach #homegwnnz #nzmustdo #dosomethingnewnz #dosomethingnewnewzealand #westauckland #nzimagery #sigmaphoto #sigmaphotoaustralia #bangersunsets bangersunsets #raw_australia_nz
...

128 15

New horizons.. ✨ || 📷: joshilliam ...

485 87

🦆 🌧️ Ducking in and out of rain clouds, chasing some sort of composition. Weather doesn't always agree with an astrophotographer's wishes and by the time you set the tripod again, you lose the moment to get that panorama you had planned. Oh well, there's always another time, sometimes that happens to be months later but makes the chase all the more satisfying when you finally get it. This spot is called the Piha Gap and it is not a difficult hike to get here, I'll have to come back during sunset one of these days, I've never seen this place in daylight 😅
.
.
EXIF:ISO1600,20 seconds,12mm F2.0,Sony A6000
#milkyway #sonyalphanz #sonya6000 #samyang12mmf2 #aucklandcameracentre #astrophotography #niftyfew #auckland #aucklandregion #ourakl #visitauckland #lovelynewzealand #landscapesnz #nightscapephotography #nightsky #airnzshareme #photopills #wonderlustnewzealand #landscapephoto #longexponz #nasa #beach #nzbeaches #piha #pihabeach #homegwnnz #nzmustdo #dosomethingnewnz #dosomethingnewnewzealand purenewzealand #westauckland
...

122 12

The three brothers are reunited, celebrating under the 7 sisters (Matariki). Matariki is a time of Maori New Years, the word translates directly to ‘eyes of god’ referring to the 7 star cluster Pleiades. Pictured behind us is a strikingly similar cluster known as Southern Pleiades and we were absolutely stoked to get gaps in the clouds to observe this as we celebrate our own little reunion post covid lockdowns. This is a very important event in Maori culture, I hope New Zealand will coin this a public holiday with respect.
.
.
#milkyway #sonyalphanz #tamron1728 #tamronnz #aucklandcameracentre #astrophotography #niftyfew #auckland #aucklandregion #ourakl #visitauckland #lovelynewzealand #landscapesnz #nightscapephotography #airnzshareme #photopills #wonderlustnewzealand #longexponz #beach #nzbeaches #piha #pihabeach #homegwnnz #nzmustdo #dosomethingnewnz #dosomethingnewnewzealand purenewzealand #westauckland matarikifestivalakl #matariki #matariki2020 #mangereartscentre
...

138 12

Weekend getaway in XGT4X 😀

#nzgt4oc #toyota #gtfour #gt4 #st205 #wrcblatters #wrc #wrcofficial #rally #carsofinstagram #jdm #turbo #boost #westauckland #castrol #ozracing #sega #segarally #michelintires #celica #3sgte #4wd
...

422 2

2018. Muriwai beach. I took this shot without even realising this rock pool was shaped like a fish. It had to be pointed out to me 🤣
Canon 5DIII, 17-40mm f/4L. Lee big stopper. 240sec exposure if I recall correctly.

Still one of my favourite shots.
longexposure_shots longexposure_daily rebel_sky longexpoelite longexpo_addiction longexpo_photogroup longexposure_daily
_______________________________
#muriwai #muriwaibeach #westauckland #westaucklandbeaches #tourismnz #longexposure_shots #longexpoelite #longexponz #kiwipics #longexposure_shots #landscapephotography #raw_community #tv_newzealand #tv_australia #nzcreators #raw_longexposure #ig_newzealand #raw_beaches #raw_waters #raw_colours #raw_skies #creativecontentbuilders #ccb_landscapes #thatmuriwaifish #aucklandcameracentre #nzbeaches #nzmustdo #tvau_seascapes #santaraw #rebel_sky
...

358 32

Last night was pretty dreamy ☀️🥰 ...

410 59

🌄🕶 Sun setting behind Kauwahaia Island is just another of so many hidden gems in our own backyard of Auckland. This is a charming little area located in O’Neill Bay accessed via Te Henga (Bethells Beach). Arrived early to scout locations to shoot the stars that night but as it happens, I had a great deal of fun trying to shoot sunset scenes. I normally avoid the sun in frame as was used to getting horrible flares with my old wide angle lense but happy days now playing around trying to get sun stars, learning to use ND/CPL filter and heart racing moment camera almost went for a swim when attempting the classic sunset long exposure closer to the beach 🤣🦈
.
.
#sonyalphanz #tamronnz #aucklandcameracentre #niftyfew #aucklandregion #ourakl #visitauckland #lovelynewzealand #landscapesnz #landscapephoto #longexponz #airnzshareme #wonderlustnewzealand #beach #nzbeaches #tehenga #bethellsbeach #homegwnnz #nzmustdo #nzimagery #dosomethingnewnz #westauckland #sunset #nzstuff #backyourbackyard #ig_newzealand #a7rm3 #DiscoverWithAlpha #SonyAlphaANZ tamronnz sonyalpha.anz bangersunsets aatraveller
...

150 29

No one is you, that is your power. 💕✨ ...

363 42

Happy Earth Day 2020! 💗 ‘We seize all the tools and actions that we have, big and small, to change our lives and change our world, not for one day, but forever. 🙏🏽 While the coronavirus may force us to keep our distance, it will not force us to keep our voices down. The only thing that will change the world is a bold and unified demand for a new way forward.

We may be apart, but through the power of digital media, we’re also more connected than ever.
While Earth Day may be going digital, our goal remains the same: to mobilize the world to take the most meaningful actions to make a difference.
No matter where you are, you can make a difference. And you’re not alone, because together, we can save the Earth.’ 🌏🌸🌱
...

212 20

Piha! First time with a camera here. 10/10 would trade again. fujifilmxseriesnz X-T3 and 16mm f1.4, mefototripods Backpacker Tripod and breakthrough.photography 6 Stop X2 ND Filter.
_______________________________________
#piha #westauckland #westaucklandbeaches #longexponz #longexpoelite #fujifilmxseriesnz #fujifilmxt3 #xf16mmf14wr #visitauckland #raw_australia_nz_firstfeature #raw_australia_nz #xseriesnz #aucklandcameracentre #longexposure_perfection #longexposure_world #kiwipics #progearfeature #homegwnnz #realrawnz #fujilove #fujixseries #fujixlovers #niftyfew #toplongexposure #raw_longexposure #nzbeaches #longexpo_photogroup #ig_newzealand
...

330 10

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 🏖️ Long walks on the beach. Piha showcasing that famous "sky on fire" sunset quite typical of West Auckland beaches.
.
Due to the angle of the sun at this time and the volume/density of gas that the light passes through in the atmosphere, it really brings out that red in the longer end of the visible light spectrum. One of those moments that if you're not watching for it, can pass quite quickly in the later moments of golden hour, was constantly adjusting the ISO setting to keep as didn’t want to compromise the shutter speed and miss those waves. If you are curious to search more about it, the phenomenon is called "Rayleigh scattering".
.
.
#sonyalphanz #aucklandcameracentre #niftyfew #auckland #aucklandregion #ourakl #visitauckland #lovelynewzealand #landscapesnz #airnzshareme #wonderlustnewzealand #landscapephoto #beach #nzbeaches #piha #pihabeach #homegwnnz #nzmustdo #nzimagery #dosomethingnewnz #westauckland #skyonfire #sunset #nzstuff #backyourbackyard
...

136 16

Are you even a kid if you don’t pester your parents to swing you ?!
🤣

There goes another weekend gone in a flash!

I wish they would last longer but I love how we are always making the most of them filling them up with family time.

We were lucky enough to have our friend halliecampbellphotography take some photos of us weekend.She was so patient with Hollys larger then Life personality and I’m always so grateful for family photos.

How did you spend your weekend?
...

247 66