Hoon Hay SCENIC RESERVE guide
==the cj way++
The CJ way Guide to Hoon Hay Scenic Reserve
AT A GLANCE
A rocky viewpoint overlooking Lyttelton harbour
10-15 minutes from parking
Best time to visit: sunrise or sunset
WHERE IS THIS EXACTLY?
Coordinates of Hoon Hay Scenic Reserve viewpoint: -43.620919, 172.636266
Coordinates of parking: -43.623059, 172.633997
Park in the designated pull-off (room for approximately 6-7 cars), and follow the path up the hill. Within one to two minutes there will be a small trail on your right hand side with a very small sign saying 'track'. Follow this for approx. 10 minutes until you reach the rocky viewpoint.
best time to visit?
Sunrise, especially during April or September when the sun rises over the entrance to the harbour.
It can get windy up in the Port Hills so also keep your eye on the wind forecast and try and time your visit for a minimal wind sunrise!
cj travel tips
The track is fairly overgrown so long pants are a good idea. It can also be very windy at the viewpoint so a jacket wouldn't go amiss here!
Char wore jandals here, but you probably want to wear sneakers!
There’s not much room at the rocky outcrop, so arrive early! Although we have visited this spot three times (sunrise and sunset) and have had it to ourselves!
cj photography tips
Since you are shooting into the sun here, shoot multiple exposures so you are able to blend in post processing.
We use the shot exposed for the foreground (and hills in this case) as the base image, then use Raya Pro (paid photoshop plug-in) to bring back some highlight detail in the sky.
If you have a drone here, this is a great place to get it up (assuming it's not too windy).
what we found useful to pack
In addition to the usuals (camera gear, suitable clothing, water and food, first aid, etc. we found the following items useful for Hoon Hay Scenic Reserve:
Pants/ long clothes; and