First one is man made twin lakes that are a reservoir for farms around. In the town of Masterton that was on the way to Castlepoint beach and lighthouse.
Second photo is the Castlepoint beach.
It was supposed to be summers here in Australia but New Zealand is always cold! This day was even colder with chilly winds.
The whole route from Wellington to Castlepoint was so scenic that I cannot explain in words! Must visit 😊
I am dying to do a trip to South Island, NZ. Hopefully this year.