2022 - Northland & Bay of Islands Photography Tour - 7 days
- Duration: 7 Days
Join Richard Young and Shaun Barnett on a seven-day photography workshop showcasing the best of Northland’s scenery. This location offers ideal locations for long exposure photography, wild coastlines, waterfalls, and classic jetty shots.
Historically, Northland was the main hub for activity in New Zealand—and to date, it retains numerous remarkable landmarks: Russell, the former capital; the Treaty of Waitangi grounds, 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—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.
- Cape Reinga & Te Paki sand dunes
- The Northlands’ white silica sand beaches
- Chartered boat around the Bay of Islands
- Stay at Carrington Estate & Duke Of Marlborough Hotel
- Te Paki Sand Dunes
- Cape Reinga
- Karikari Peninsula
- Bay of Islands
DAY 1 - Auckland - Hokianga
The tour starts with an early morning pick up from Auckland City/Airport. From there, 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 2 - 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 3 - 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 4 - 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 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - 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. 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.
- 7 days’ photography guiding by Richard Young & Shaun Barnett
- 6 nights’ hotel accommodation (twin-share, single upgrade available) mostly 4✩
- 6 breakfasts
- Boat charter in the Bay of Islands
- Two nights’ stay at Carrington Estate
- Two nights’ stay at the Duke Of Marlborough Hotel
- Transport during the tour
- 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