Duration: 12 days
Location: Coromandel - Tongariro -Taranaki
Price: $7,795 (NZD)
Mgt Ngauruhoe

15th - 26th November 2019

2019 Date: 15th - 26th November

On this twelve-day photography tour between Auckland and Wellington, you will start by capturing the stunning beaches and waterfalls north of Auckland in the Bay of Islands and Hokianga. We will then head South toward Wellington, to take in many of the most magnificent volcanic landscapes of New Zealand, including the World Heritage Tongariro National Park, White Island (one of the world’s most active volcanoes) and Mt Taranaki, arguably the country’s most shapely mountain. The tour also explores the exquisite Coromandel Coastline, characterised by attractive sandy beaches in the east, and rocky, pohutukawa-fringed bays in the west. This tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Wellington.


  • Three island boat trips
  • All the main volcanoes
  • The North Island best beaches
  • 4WD trip on private farmland

Auckland - Auckland

  • Bay of Islands and Hokianga
  • Coromandel Coast & White Island
  • Rotorua Geothermal Area
  • Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe
  • Mt Taranaki and Taranaki coastline
  • Day 1 - Auckland / Bay of Islands

    The tour starts with an early morning flight from Auckland to Whangarei (included). After meeting you in Whangarei, we drive to Russell, our home for the next three nights in the picturesque Bay of Islands. During European colonisation, Russell was briefly the capital of New Zealand, and features many historic sites. Once at our hotel we will start our introductory session, covering some of the finer points of working in manual mode and capturing long exposure photographs for use over this tour. The day ends with a sunset shoot over the coastline.
  • Day 2 - Bay of Islands

    An early start enables a sunrise shoot before we head back to the hotel for breakfast. A chartered boat enables us to explore the Bay of Islands by sea, including parts of the coastline not accessible by road.
  • Day 3 - Hokianga

    Today we will venture further afield to explore more of the beautiful Hokianga Harbour. Rugged coastlines and picturesque jetties well suit black and white ‘fine art style’ photographs. We also capture images of intriguing round boulders, similar to those found in the south island at Moeraki.
  • Day 4 - Bay of Islands / Auckland

    Another early morning sunrise shoot across the Bay of Islands allows you to hone your field technique. A post production session covers processing of long exposure, black and white images and merging HDR shots. In the afternoon, we drive back to Whangarei for a return flight (included) to Auckland.
  • Day 5 - Auckland / Rangitoto

    Today you have free day to explore to Auckland, with the inclusion for 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 and beautiful Pohutukawa trees.
  • Day 6 - Auckland / Rotorua

    After Airport and city hotel pickups we depart Auckland for Rotorua, passing through the lush rolling farmland of the Waikato en route. Once in Rotorua, we have reached the land of volcanoes, a hub for geothermal activity in New Zealand - with hot springs, waterfalls, bubbling pools of mud and impressive hues from acids boiling beneath the earth - a mysterious photographers dream.
  • Day 7 - White Island

    The broad expanse of the Bay of Plenty is famed for its harbours, long beaches and prospering towns. The bay boasts several islands, including White Island/Whakaari. Lying 49 km offshore, this island is the tip of a large underwater volcano, with the crater exposed above sea level. A tour around the island offers much of photographic interest, including active steam vents, the brilliant colours of the sulphur, and the surreal textures of this constantly-changing landscape.
  • Day 8 - Rotorua / Tongariro

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

    Mts Tongariro and Ngauruhoe offer striking subjects for a sunrise shoot. Both are active volcanoes, with Ngauruhoe having the distinctive classic volcano shape. We will then head around other various waterfalls and spots along the road before heading back to our accomodation for the night.
  • Day 10 - Tongariro / Taranaki

    We pass through several small towns and pause 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 set of unusual round boulders in a forest.We arrive in Taranaki in time to photograph the sunset over the dramatic coastline, which includes former volcanoes, now eroded into offshore islands.
  • Day 11 - Taranaki

    If any New Zealand volcano has the perfect shape, it is Mt Taranaki, which at 2518 m is the second-highest peak in the North Island. It 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 some excellent photography. Journeying south, we round the North Island’s western-most point at Cape Egmont, well known for its iconic lighthouse with Mt Taranaki rising behind it. This is where we will also shoot sunset this evening.
  • Day 12 - Taranaki / Auckland

    Today we set off back toward Auckland after a sunrise shoot. We shall be heading back from the South of the Waikato, via Raglan, where we shall stop by Bridal Veil Falls - the highest waterfall in the North Island. In the afternoon, we drive back to Auckland to meet connecting flights to main centers.
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  • Tuition by Richard Young & Ken Wright
  • Boat trip in the Bay of Islands
  • Boat trip to Rangitoto Island
  • Boat trip and tour of White Island
  • Two Domestic flights (Auckland / Bay of Islands)
  • Entry to Rotorua Geothermal Reserve
  • 4WD trip across private farmland
  • 11 nights hotel accommodation (twin share, single upgrade available)
  • 11 breakfasts
  • Transport during the tour
  • Copy of Pocket Guide to Landscape Photography
  • DOC concession fees
  • Donation to our Tongariro Conservation Project


  • Class Size

    Maximum group size of 8. Groups of 3-4 will be led by only one tutor and groups of 5-8 will be led by two tutors. Limiting class sizes ensures we provide you with the best learning environment possible, including expert guidance, instruction and personal attention, according to your learning style.
  • Itinerary

    Our exact schedule will be determined according to the whole group’s photographic objectives and the weather. We keep a flexible itinerary to accommodate this. We will spend the workshop instructing and shooting, often from before dawn until after dark. At some point during the weekend the tutors will give a lecture on their photographic ability and how you can apply their systems and vision to develop your own unique style.
  • Transport

    We will meet the group at Auckland Airport at the start of the tour and provide transport to the whole workshop and return you to Wellington at the end of the tour.
  • Physical Difficulty

    A minimum level of physical activity is necessary to enjoy the workshop. All locations we shoot will be within an easy walk along the coastline, but sometimes over rocky beaches carrying your own equipment. If fitness or mobility is an issue please let us know - there are often locations which offer great shooting possibilities close to the road or our accommodation, or sometimes we also have the option to split the group.
  • Equipment & 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 the workshop is to give you more confidence in the creative control of camera settings and shooting in manual mode. We will have a brief session at the start of the workshop, covering camera settings and controls, to be sure everyone is up to speed.
    Camera Equipment: Our workshops 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 wear on the workshop can be found here
  • Booking & Payment

    A non-refundable deposit of NZD$700.00 is required to reserve your space for the workshop. The remaining balance is due 30 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 30 days before the workshop.
    Booking and Cancellation Policy: Please click here for our booking and cancellation policy.