Duration: 20 days
Location: Coromandel - Rotorua - Tongariro -Taranaki - Northland
Price: $14,990 (NZD)

13th November - 2nd December 2020

Join us on a twenty-day photography tour showcasing the best landscapes New Zealand’s North Island has to offer. This tour provides perfect locations for long exposure photography, wild coastlines, waterfalls, volcanic activity, mountains, lush forest, stunning lakes, geysers and much more.
For the first four days of our tour will be based on the Coromandel Peninsula and takes in our Long Exposure Masterclass Workshop, designed to perfect your techniques of long exposure photography. We will be based at Hahei, which offers the perfect place for wild coastlines, waterfalls and classic jetties. This workshop offers a mixture of shooting, tuition and post-processing sessions leaving you with refined skills to help create some stunning photographs for the rest of the tour.
Following this our time in the Coromandel, we will explore the Central North Island and the most magnificent volcanic landscapes of New Zealand, including the World Heritage Tongariro National Park and Mt Taranaki⁠⁠—arguably the country’s most shapely mountain before looping back to Auckland and heading further North.
We will then explore Northland’s scenery, offering ideal locations for long exposure photography, wild coastlines, waterfalls, and classic jetty shots. From giant sand dunes created by volcanoes; the meeting place of the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea; stunning bays; waterfalls; Kauri forest—Northland has it all!
The never-ending summers of Northland make it a beautiful place to relax. As it is a deceptively-large region, we have set aside plenty of time to explore and capture some of the lushest environment in the country.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • NZ’s four largest volcanoes
  • The North Islands best beaches
  • The beautiful Coromandel Peninsula
  • Journeys by chartered boat
  • 4WD trip on private farmland

Auckland - Auckland

  • Coromandel Peninsula
  • Rotorua Geothermal area
  • Tongariro National Park
  • Mt Taranaki and Taranaki coastline
  • Rangitoto Island
  • Bay of Islands and Hokianga
  • Cape Reinga and Te Paki Sand Dunes

ITINERARY

  • Day 1 - Auckland - Hahei

    After airport and CBD hotel pickups we depart Auckland for Hahei on the Coromandel Peninsula. The Coromandel Peninsula is a mountainous finger of land, formed from old volcanoes, and separated from Auckland by the Firth of Thames, a shallow expanse of sea home to many wading seabirds. After arriving in the hotel we use the conference room we will run through our introductory programme about the finer points of capturing a long exposure photograph and advanced settings for HDR photography. Later in the afternoon will see us heading out for our first long exposure shot on the areas stunning coastline, and Coromandel sunset.
  • Day 2 - Hahei and surrounds

    The day starts with a sunrise shoot over Cathedral Cove, famous as the location of Cair Paravel in the Narnia films, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, and ‘Prince Caspian.’ After photographing the cove and its impressive arch. We spend the rest of the day photographing the beaches, forests and waterfalls of the Coromandel Peninsula. With the terrain rising steeply to mountains, many of the area’s streams boast photogenic waterfalls. Sunset will be spent at one of the Coromandel’s bays. We will be utilising the long exposure and HDR techniques that we have learned to take some unique photographs.
  • Day 3 - Thames and surrounds

    We will spend this morning in the hotel conference room to offer some group critique of the photographs from the last days and in-depth post-production session covering the processing of long exposure, black and white images and merging HDR shots. This afternoon we shall head out on a boat trip from Hahei to capture an alternative view of the coastline. After our boat trip, we explore one of the many beautiful bays to take advantage of these swathes of colour and further practice some long exposure techniques and finish up with a sunset.
  • Day 4 - Hahei - Auckland

    Another early morning sunrise allows you to hone your field technique and capture some more of the areas stunning beaches. After breakfast, we will then use the hotel's conference room for an in-depth post-production session covering the processing of long exposure, black and white images and merging HDR shots. We will help you process your best images from the workshop and produce two finished 16x22" fine art print to take home. In the afternoon, we drive back to Auckland.
  • Day 5 - Auckland

    Today we have a free day in Auckland, thus giving us the chance to catch up on some more post-processing. We shall as develop a workflow for dealing with the images we have taken so far on our trip to stay on top of them on the road.
  • Day 6 - Auckland - Rotorua

    Today we depart Auckland for Rotorua, passing through the lush, rolling farmland of the Waikato en route. Rotorua marks the edge of the land of volcanoes. A hub for geothermal activity in New Zealand, the city features hot springs, waterfalls, bubbling pools of mud, and impressive hues from acids boiling beneath the earth. It is a land of mysteries; a photographer’s dream.
  • Day 7 - Rotorua

    Today we explore the Rotorua area, capturing a hidden hot water waterfall that is often missed by many. Later today, we travel further afield⁠—deep into the forest⁠—to experience the Bay’s most majestic waterfall, 65m tall in full flood. This location is simply breathtaking; and if we like, we can go above the cliff line to photograph another hidden fall. After dinner, we will end our day with a long-exposure session at one of the many jetties along Lake Tarawera.
  • Day 8 - Rotorua - Tongariro

    This morning, we head out to photograph a geothermal reserve close to Rotorua before moving on to Taupo, visiting Huka Falls en route. Although not particularly high, these falls are one of the most voluminous in New Zealand: here, the entire Waikato River (New Zealand’s longest river) plunges over an ignimbrite cliff. After we’ve had our fill of the falls, we journey south, past Lake Taupo. This is both New Zealand’s largest lake and the site of the country’s greatest-ever recorded eruption (186AD): an event noted by both the Chinese and the Romans. We spend the evening photographing the sunset over Mt Ruapehu⁠—at 2797m, this is the highest mountain in the North Island, and the country’s loftiest volcano.
  • Day 9 - Tongariro

    Active volcanoes Mt Tongariro and Ngauruhoe offer striking subjects for a sunrise shoot; Ngauruhoe, in particular, bears the distinctive “classic” volcano shape. Today, we explore a number of the area’s stunning waterfalls, staying again within Tongariro National park for another chance of a sunset over the mountains.
  • Day 10 - Tongariro - Taranaki

    We pass through several small towns today, pausing to capture the landscapes of the Rangitikei Gorge en route to Taranaki. Flowing from the Kaimanawa Ranges, this important river carves its way through pale cliffs made of papa, a type of mudstone that creates impressive features. During the afternoon, we take a 4WD trip across private farmland to visit a set of unusual round boulders in a forest. We arrive in Taranaki in time to photograph the sun setting over a dramatic coastline—a scene including volcanoes that have eroded into offshore islands.
  • Day 11 - Taranaki

    If any New Zealand volcano has the perfect shape, it is Mt Taranaki⁠—which, at 2518m, is the second-highest peak in the North Island. This volcano forms the centrepiece of Egmont National Park, one of the country’s oldest national parks. Wonderfully stunted forest and shapely waterfalls flowing over old lava escarpments offer excellent photography opportunities. This afternoon, we can journey further south⁠—to the North Island’s western-most point at Cape Egmont, well known for its iconic lighthouse⁠—or north, to capture dramatic black sand beaches.
  • Day 12 - Taranaki - Auckland

    Today we start the return trek toward Auckland. We head back through the Waikato via Raglan, where we shall stop by Bridal Veil Falls⁠—the highest waterfall in the North Island. In the afternoon, we continue our drive back to Auckland.
  • Day 13 - Auckland - Rangitoto Island

    Today you have a free day to explore Auckland, with the inclusion of a return ferry ticket out to explore the volcanic landscape Rangitoto Island, a pest-free island that sits in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland. It is the youngest volcano in New Zealand and offers some great photography opportunities, from old lava flow to beautiful Pohutukawa trees.
  • Day 14 - Auckland - Hokianga

    Today we drive to the beautiful Hokianga Harbour, where we will stay tonight. En route, we stop to explore native Kauri forests, reaching the Harbour for sunset over the West Coast. The scenes we will be photographing today are unlike any you’ll find elsewhere across the country.
  • Day 15 - Hokianga - Cape Reinga

    Today we say goodbye to Hokianga and begin to make our way to one of mainland New Zealand’s furthest-north points, Cape Reinga. We will be stopping en route to capture several picturesque jetties—these are well-suited to black and white ‘fine art’ style photographs. As we drive up, we will check into our next hotel before heading to Cape Reinga, a location of great significance both geographically and culturally. A beautiful lighthouse sits high above the meeting of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean: this is where we shall capture sunset tonight.
  • Day 16 - Cape Reinga - Karikari Peninsula

    Today, we head back up the Cape to the Te Paki sand dunes—humongous desert-like dunes created over millions of years through volcanic eruptions. Later, we travel down to the Karikari Peninsula and its white-sand beaches, where we will spend the next two nights at the luxury Carrington Estate Hotel.
  • Day 17 - Karikari Peninsula

    Today, we head back up the Cape to the Te Paki sand dunes—humongous desert-like dunes created over millions of years through volcanic eruptions. Later, we travel down to the Karikari Peninsula and its white-sand beaches, where we will spend the next two nights at the luxury Carrington Estate Hotel. Day 17 - Karikari Peninsula We will spend the day exploring the stunning Karikari Peninsula, with its white silica sand beaches and serene bays, fringed with the red blossoms of pohutukawa trees.
  • Day 18 - Karikari Peninsula - Russell

    This morning, we set off toward the picturesque Bay of Islands: the historic Duke of Marlborough Hotel in Russell will be our home for the next two nights. Russell features many historic sites, as it was the first capital of New Zealand during European colonisation. Our day ends with a sunset shoot over the picturesque coastline, on one of many beautiful bays nearby.
  • Day 19 - Russell

    We have an early start for a sunrise shoot this morning, followed by breakfast back at the hotel. On our chartered boat, we spend the day exploring the Bay of Islands by sea, including parts of the coastline not accessible by road. We have some beautiful island stops to look forward to, and we will capture these at our own pace.
  • Day 20 - Russell - Auckland

    Another early-morning sunrise shoot across the Bay of Islands allows you to hone your field technique and capture more stunning beaches. Today, we depart the Bay of Islands and head towards Whangarei and the beautiful Whangarei Falls. In the afternoon, we drive back to Auckland. This is the last stop on our journey, and we will be driving back to Auckland in the afternoon to meet with evening flights from the airport.
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 PRICE INCLUDES

  • 20 Days’ Photography Tuition
  • Boat charter in the Bay of Islands
  • Ferry trip to Rangitoto Island
  • Chartered boat trip on the Coromandel
  • Entry to Rotorua Geothermal Reserve
  • 4WD trip across private farmland
  • Two nights’ stay at Carrington Estate
  • Two nights’ stay at the Duke of Marlborough Hotel
  • Three nights’ hotel accommodation at The Church Hotel in Hahei
  • 19 nights hotel accommodation (twin-share, single upgrade available)
  • 19 breakfasts
  • Transport during the tour
  • Copy of Pocket Guide to Landscape Photography and E-books
  • Two 16x22" Fine-Art Prints from the Epson SC-P800
  • DOC (National Park) concession fees
  • Donation to our Conservation Fund
  • Native tree planting to Carbon Offset your tour

 FURTHER INFORMATION

  • Class Size

    This tour runs with a maximum group size of 8 and 2 tutors, offering 1:4 ratio of tutors to guests. Limiting group sizes ensure we provide you with expert guidance, instruction, and personal attention according to your learning style. Smaller groups of up to 4 may only be led by one tutor.
  • Itinerary

    Our exact schedule each day will be determined according to the weather to allow for the best shooting, we may choose to swap out locations for other that are better suited to the conditions and we keep a flexible itinerary to accommodate this. We focus on spending as much time as possible out shooting, often from before dawn until sunset. During the tour, we will make time for some image review and processing session, we will fit these around times that are not optimum for shooting.
  • Transport

    Auckland pick up & drop off: We will pick you up early (approx 7-8 am) from any central hotel in Auckland, or Auckland Airport on the first day and provide transport to the whole tour. The tour will finish at Auckland Airport (or hotel drop off) at 5 pm to meet flights after 6 pm to the main cities.
  • Accommodation & Food

    Accommodation Type: Our tours use a standard of 4-4+ star hotel/lodge accommodation and we try where possible to stay 2 nights at each hotel. We sometimes will book a 1-night stay at a 3-star motel to be close to a place where we are shooting for sunrise/sunset at a location that does not have any other options.
    Single Room Upgrades: All our tour prices are based on twin/double share rooms. If you are travelling alone you can book a single room upgrade for $1,900 or we can try and pair you with another traveller for all/part of the tour. If we can not pair you with another traveller for all/part of the tour you may need to pay for a single room upgrade.
    Food: The price tour includes breakfast each morning, this is normally at the hotel but sometimes a local cafe. Lunches and dinner (apart from any listed as being included) are at your own expense. We will stop at a cafe/shop for lunch and book a table for the group for dinner each day at a local restaurant. Sometimes evening meal times might be early/late to fit around the time of sunset. New Zealand had great food and caters well for any preferences like allergies, vegetarian etc.
  • Physical Difficulty

    A minimum level of physical activity is necessary to enjoy this tour. All locations we shoot will be within a short walk along the forest tracks or the coastline. These are sometimes uphill, over uneven ground, or rocky beaches and you will be carrying your own equipment. On this tour, there may be a couple of longer walk options (30-45 min one way) but if these are difficult for the group, we do have the option to split the group at these locations. If your fitness or mobility is an issue please let us know.
  • Experience

    Ideally, you will have a basic knowledge of photography and be comfortable adjusting camera settings such as aperture and shutter speed. An aim of this tour is to get you to the best locations, in the best light. While providing you on-location help from our experienced tutors, to come away with the hero shots of your own personal vision. We will have a brief session at the start of the tour, covering camera settings and controls, to be sure everyone is up to speed.
  • Equipment

    Camera Equipment: Our tours focus on how to use your camera, not your type of camera. A basic list of recommended camera equipment can be found here Clothing: A list of recommended clothing to bing on the tour can be found here
  • Booking & Payment

    A non-refundable deposit of NZD$1500.00 is required to reserve your space for the workshop. The remaining balance is due 45 days prior to the start of the workshop. You may pay in full at time of booking, the balance (minus the deposit) will remain fully refundable until 45 days before the workshop.
    Booking and Cancellation Policy: Please click here for our booking and cancellation policy.

 TUTORS

Richard Young & Ken Wright Days 1-5 Ken Wright & Shaun Barnett Days 6-13 Richard Young & Shaun Barnett Days 14-20