2022 - Beaches and Bays Photography Tour - 7 days

NZD $5,900.00
  • Duration: 7 Days

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 photograph stunning limestone formations, lush native forests, ever-changing sand dunes, and the place where the mountains meet the beautiful South Pacific Ocean.

You will spend multiple days exploring photographic locations and marine wildlife by boat in the world-famous Abel Tasman National Park, Marlborough Sounds, and the Kaikoura Coast. Travelling by boat allows us to access beaches and bays that take days to access on foot; on this tour, the most secluded and stunning spots are right at our fingertips.


  • Private charter boat in Abel Tasman

  • Albatross Boat trip in Kaikoura

  • Stay at a lodge in the Marlborough Sounds

  • Iconic Archway Island sunset


  • Abel Tasman National Park

  • Marlborough Sounds

  • Kaikoura Coastline


Day 1 - Nelson - Golden Bay

From 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 Golden Bay’s many stunning beaches.

Day 2 - Golden Bay

We will spend today exploring Golden Bay, taking opportunities to photograph the stunning coastline of Wharariki Beach and Farewell Spit. Our day ends with a sunset shoot over the iconic Archway Islands.

Day 3 - Abel Tasman National Park

We have an early start to photograph the sunrise before boarding our private charter boat, where we will spend the day photographing Abel Tasman National Park. You will discover the most photogenic areas of the park, and there will be plenty of opportunities to head ashore to take in the pristine bays and beaches along this stunning coastline. This afternoon, we travel onwards to a beautiful lodge in the Marlborough Sounds that is only accessible by boat.

Day 4 - Marlborough Sounds

Today, we will spend the day exploring the Marlborough Sounds by water taxi, capturing some lovely coastal vistas as well as brilliant wildlife, etc. The Sounds are a haven for bird and marine life: visitors often spot rays, orca, dolphins, and numerous bird species.

Day 5 - Marlborough Sounds

We continue to photograph the Marlborough Sounds today, walking out on a small section of the Queen Charlotte track to capture forest birds, native forest, and waterfalls. Tonight offers another chance to shoot sunset from our lodge, looking out over the Marlborough Sounds.

Day 6 - Marlborough Sounds - Kaikoura

Following an early rise to capture the sunrise, we travel from the Marlborough Sounds to Kaikoura—where the mountains meet the sea. This region is home to incredible coastal photography and marine life, including New Zealand fur seals. Tonight, we will capture a truly spectacular sunset, with the Kaikoura ranges rising from the sea.

Day 7 - Kaikoura - Christchurch

This morning, we head out on a boat to photograph some of Kaikoura's local wildlife and royal albatross before travelling on to Christchurch to meet with late afternoon flights.


  • 7 days’ photography guiding by Richard Young & Shaun Barnett

  • 6 nights’ hotel accommodation (twin-share, single upgrade available) mostly 4✩ 

  • 6 breakfasts

  • Stay at a lodge in the Marlborough Sounds

  • Private chartered boat in Abel Tasman

  • Private chartered boat in Marlborough Sounds

  • Albatross boat trip in Kaikoura

  • Transport during the tour

  • Nelson pickup / Christchurch drop off

  • DOC (National Park) concession fees

  • Copy of our Pocket Guide to Landscape & Wildlife Photography 

  • Donation to our Conservation Fund

  • Native tree planting to Carbon Offset your tour