We arrived at Nugget Point just before sunset, so I quickly grabbed all my gear and walked the path to the lighthouse. I had seen images from here that were taken from higher up, so I looked around and found a small path on a very narrow ridge (video link at the bottom shows just how narrow). It was incredibly windy, and I basically had to crawl up to get to the vantage point I was happy with. I was able to secure my bag between some bushes and set up my tripod in a way that allowed me to sit between a rock and bush, so I wouldnâ€™t lose my balance and fall over either side. Somehow I blocked out any ideas of falling over either side and started shooting. There wasnâ€™t any drama in the sky, yet I shot till the sun was down and didnâ€™t come away with a good shot. I decided I better hike back down before it got too dark. With the aid of a headlamp, and my tripod as a makeshift cane, I stayed super low to the ground in case I slipped, and eventually made it down. Not before a couple of slipping scares though! I wouldnâ€™t recommend this spot if you have a fear of heights! If you are going to shoot here, I highly recommend a wind breaker of some kind. I brought a rain jacket, but it doesnâ€™t breathe well. The next day I woke up super early so I could climb in the dark and get set up before the sun came up. With limited sleep from the night before (a combination of 4-5 hours of sleep and the wind rocking the van all night) I put on all my gear and headed out once again. Because the wind died down a bit, (5-10km/h) I made the decision to hike up the ridge even higher. And being the second time up there, it was a little less frightening. I set up a nice little perch between bushes again and waited for the sun to come up. I kept snapping away as the sun rose into the sky. The clouds had a few gaps in them and some small sun rays started to appear. The minutes went by and the rays got brighter, and bigger. I stopped taking panoramic photos for a little and made some single image photos. I could not believe what was happening before my eyes and Iâ€™m pretty sure I screamed at the top of my lungs a few times. The wind and ocean waves seemed to drown out any noise I was making quite nicely. I composed for one last panoramic shot and shot this four image photo right before the rays started to disappear. It was the most magical light Iâ€™ve ever seen in my life. And the best light I got on the whole New Zealand trip.