Loop the Loop without leaving home

Photographer Natalie Guest's book details history of the Hatea River and images of the loop at its best.
Pamela Stephen.

Photographer Natalie Guest's book details history of the Hatea River and images of the loop at its best.

Lovers of the Hatea Loop can now enjoy the popular walkway from the comfort of home, with a coffee table book published by local photographer Natalie Guest.

For Natalie, the book began as a portfolio project towards a Diploma of Digital Photography at the Southern Institute of Technology. 

"I completed the diploma part time over the last three years and graduated in 2016. The brief for my final paper was to create a portfolio of images that worked together to tell a story. A book was one of the options to display the images," says Guest.

"I moved back to Whangarei two years ago, so for me the Hatea Loop is a symbol of how much Whangarei has developed during the nine years I lived away." 

The book took around four months to create, including many hours spent taking photographs and many more designing the book. "I wanted to capture the various elements of the loop at their best, so it was a balance of waiting for good weather, the right time of day and often making sure it was high tide." 

The Hatea Loop book starts at the Te Matau a Pohe bridge and takes the reader on a clockwise journey around the walkway, with photographs of the key sights, including details of the history of the area and the sculptures and their artists. 

After printing one copy of the book for the diploma, Guest was encouraged by friends and family to print copies to sell. 

  • The book is available from Nautical Trenz at the Town Basin or check out facebook.com/TheHateaLoop 

 

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