7-Day Northland and Bay of Islands Photo Tour in 2020 with New Zealand Photography Workshops
Duration: 7 days
Location: Northland - Bay of Islands
Price: $4,990 (NZD)
27th November - 3rd December 2020
Join Richard Young and Shaun Barnett on a 7-day photography workshop showcasing the best of Northland’s scenery. This location offers the perfect situations for long exposure photography, wild coastlines, waterfalls and classic jetties.
Historically, Northland was the main hub for activity in New Zealand and to date retains numerous remarkable landmarks: Russell is the former capital; the Treaty of Waitangi grounds are the home of modern New Zealand; giant sand dunes created by Volcanoes; the meeting place of the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea; stunning bays; waterfalls; Kauri forest - it has it all!
A beautiful place to relax with a never-ending summer, we have set aside lots of time to fully explore this deceivingly large region to capture some of the lushest environment in the country.
Chartered boat around the Bay of Islands
The North Island's best beaches
One of NZ's most remote areas
Auckland - Auckland
Bay of Islands
Te Paki Sand Dunes
Day 1 - Auckland - Hokianga
The tour with early-morning pick up from Auckland City/Airport. Afterwards, we drive to the beautiful Hokianga Harbour, where we shall also be staying for the next two evenings. En route, we will stop to explore native Kauri forests. In the evening we will photograph the sunset over Hokianga Harbour on the West Coast - vastly contrasting to the scenes we find around the rest of the country.
Day 2 - Hokianga
The rugged coastlines and picturesque jetties of this area are well suit black and white ‘fine art’ style photographs. We also capture images of intriguing round boulders, similar to the iconic ones found in the South Island at Moeraki.
Day 3 - Hokianga - Cape Reinga
Today we part from Hokianga to begin making way to one of mainland New Zealand’s furthest North points and Cape Reinga. As we drive up, we will check into our next hotel before heading to the Te Paki sand dunes. These humongous dunes have been created over millions of years through volcanic eruptions.
Day 4 - Cape Reinga
Departing from our hotel early in the day, we travel North once again to Cape Reinga. This location is of great significance in New Zealand geographically and culturally. Here we find one of the mainland’s furthest North points and a beautiful lighthouse sits high above where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet.
Day 5 - Cape Reinga - Russell
This morning we set off toward the Bay of Islands after a sunrise shoot in Houhora Harbour. We drive to Russell and the historic Duke of Marlborough Hotel, our home for the next two nights in the picturesque Bay of Islands. During European colonisation, Russell was briefly the capital of New Zealand and features many historic sites. The day ends with a sunset shoot over the picturesque coastline, on one of the many beautiful bays close by.
Day 6 - Russell
An early start enables a sunrise shoot before we head back to the hotel for breakfast. A chartered boat today enables us to explore the Bay of Islands by sea, including parts of the coastline not accessible by road. We will send the day stopping at a number of the beautiful islands to capture these at our own pace.
Day 7 - Russell - Auckland
Another early morning sunrise shoot across the Bay of Islands allows you to hone your field technique and capture some more of the areas stunning beaches. Today we depart the bo of islands and head towards Whangarei to capture the beautiful Whangarei Falls. In the afternoon, we drive back to Auckland to meet with late afternoon flights from the Airport.
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Tuition by Richard Young & Shaun Barnett
Boat trip and tour in the Bay of Islands
6 nights hotel accommodation (twin-share, single upgrade available)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 hereClothing: A list of recommended clothing to bing on the tour 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 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.
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