Track to Mason Bay
Stewart Island, New Zealand
On a five-month sojourn in New Zealand, I found my way to New Zealand's third, less-known major island: Stewart Island. The island only has one developed town, no cars to speak of, and to get anywhere, one must go by boat, foot, or both. On this small three-day trip, a boat took me out to a dock at the far end of a bay that cuts deep into the middle of the island, from which I started a track out to Mason Bay on the remote west coast of the island. Stewart Island is south of the South Island at nearly 47˚S latitude. When looking out at the Southern Ocean from the beach, one is looking at a nearly endless path around the bottom of the Earth, interrupted only by the southern tip of South America. Much of the track to this insanely remote, and very charming edge of the world is through these large patches of tussock grass. To me, this image conjures thoughts of endless journeys and exploration.