Duration: 7 DAY
Location: Golden Bay - Marlborough Sounds - Kaikoura
Price: $5,700 (NZD)Only 1 spot left! : Book now - $5,700 (NZD)

23rd - 29th September 2020

The top of the South Island offers a variety of fantastic and easily accessible photography locations. Shaun Barnett and Richard Young will guide you on a seven-day workshop where you will have the opportunity to photograph stunning limestone formations, lush native forests and ever-changing sand dunes and where mountains meet the beautiful South Pacific Ocean.
You will spend multiple days on boats exploring photographic locations and marine wildlife in the world famous Abel Tasman National Park; Marlborough Sounds and Kaikoura Coast. The boats will allow us to visit beaches and bays that would normally take days to walk into; shoot marine wildlife and gain access to short walking tracks to stunning photography locations.


  • Coastal landscapes
  • Long exposure seascapes
  • Forest photography


  • Private charter boat in Abel Tasman
  • Boat trip in the Marlborough Sounds
  • Boat trip and Albatross Encounter in Kaikoura
  • Iconic Archway Island sunset
  • Explore Marlborough Sounds


  • Day 1 - Nelson / Golden Bay

    Leaving Nelson we drive over to Golden Bay, heading inland over Takaka Hill and stopping to photograph the limestone formations and beech forests of this area. The day finishes with our first sunset shoot at one of the many stunning beaches in Golden Bay.
  • Day 2 - Abel Tasman National Park

    We will have an early start to photograph the sunrise before we board our private charter boat and spend the day photographing Abel Tasman National Park. You will be taken into the most photogenic areas of the park with plenty of opportunities to head ashore to take in the beautiful bays and beaches along this stunning coastline.
  • Day 3 - Golden Bay

    Today commences with another early start to shoot the iconic Archway Islands at sunrise. We will spend the rest of the day exploring this area, taking opportunities to photograph the stunning coastline of Wharariki Beach and Farewell Spit.
  • Day 4 - Golden Bay / Marlborough Sounds

    Our last chance for a sunrise shoot in Golden Bay. Therefore we will be up early to shoot one of a number of coastal locations before heading back inland. We will travel back over the Takaka Hill and onwards to the Marlborough Sounds. This remarkable maze of islands and waterways is one of the finest subjects of New Zealand Landscapes.
  • Day 5 - Marlborough Sounds

    Today we will spend the day exploring the Marlborough sounds by water taxi and capturing some lovely coastal vistas as well as brilliant wildlife etc. The Sounds are a haven for marine life, often people come across Rays, Orca, Dolphins and numerous bird species.
  • Day 6 - Marlborough Sounds / Kaikoura

    Following an early rise to capture the sunrise, we travel from the Marlborough Sounds on to Kaikoura - where the mountains meet the sea. Home to incredible coastal photography and marine life, tonight we will capture a truly spectacular sunset of Kaikoura ranges rising from the sea.
  • Day 7 - Kaikoura / Christchurch

    This morning we will head out on a boat to photograph some of Kaikoura's local wildlife and Royal Albatross before this evening when we travel on to Christchurch to meet with late afternoon flights
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  • 6 nights twin hotel accommodation (single upgrade available)
  • 6 cooked breakfasts
  • Tuition by Shaun Barnett & Richard Young
  • Private chartered boat
  • Nelson pickup
  • Christchurch drop off
  • Transport during the tour
  • DOC concession fees
  • Copy of Pocket Guide to Landscape Photography
  • Notecards on workshop topics


  • 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

    Nelson pick up & Christchurch drop off: We will pick you up (approx 10 am) from any central location in Nelson, or Nelson Airport on the first day and provide transport to the whole tour. The tour will finish at Christchurch Airport (or hotel drop off) at 4 pm to meet flights after 5 pm to the main cities.
  • 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$400.00 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.