Guided Photography Tours into Auckland’s Wild West

Explore Rainforests and Beaches with us

Our daily tours are all about enjoying NZ’s pristine environment and capturing its beauty on camera.

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Be at the right spot at the right time

We stay at the beach until after sunset to allow plenty of time for Golden and Blue Hour photography!

Our tour start & end times depend on the sun set time – we will let you know at the time of booking.

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Customer Reviews

  • This was an Awesome trip! Our tour guide, Kia, was so knowledge and did not hurry us along. Kia's knowledge of the flora and fauna was impressive. He gently suggest ways to improve my photos. His timing for the beach sunset photos was spot on. I have shown my photos to many people since we returned and have had nothing but WOW's.
    - forgeym
  • It’s hard to think of anything to suggest for improvement for this photographic tour of the Auckland West Country, it was all that I expected and more! It’s hard to say what I liked best, it was all so good. I enjoyed discussing the different aspects of photography with Kai who freely shared his knowledge, views and passion for photography. I especially liked his teaching methods, challenges to do a bit better with each shot and showing me the tweaks that made a good shot better. Reviewing at home each the shots taken to get to the best shot, is a tutorial in itself. The stream, waterfall and beach tutorials were particularly excellent, and it was great fun hiking and occasionally getting wet. Made me feel like a real photographer!
    - bainshen
  • Kai has taken me into a wonderful journey of New Zealand west coast and also provided a professional photography lessons. Kai turned me from a novice photographer using auto mode into a a photo enthusiast capable of taking great picture. He has taken me into waterfalls, streams, forests with rare trees and finally to the sea shore, where we spent more time exploring landscape and how to include creative elements into photography. I very highly recommend this tour to everyone. He picked up from Hotel and luckily, I happen to be the only tourist, He engaged me throughout the tour giving valuable information.
    - Kamaraj S
  • Kai was great. Although we are both experienced photographers, he showed us some new methods and tricks of the trade. The shooting locations were great but Kare Kare Beach at sunset was truly spectacular. Can't wait to return to New Zealand!
    - georgetitus
  • What a great day! It was my idea to do this, but all 4 of us enjoyed it immensely. We went to three great locations and had lots of helpful photography tips for our different types of cameras. Would do it again in a heartbeat.
    - ssf
  • I was a great tour. The organizer loves his works. Participants have to be prepared for some degrees of hiking / trail walking for this tour.
    - Chi Ming T T
  • The tour is led by Kai. He obviously loves what he does, photography, and the beauty of New Zealand. He is patient with beginners and spends much of his time coaching and instructing his passengers about how to properly use their camera. Great locations! Long tour, but doesn't feel that way. If you want to see New Zealand wilderness and enjoy taking pictures, this is a must do tour. Group size is no greater than 5.
    - David S
  • The tour is led by Kai. He obviously loves what he does, photography, and the beauty of New Zealand. He is patient with beginners and spends much of his time coaching and instructing his passengers about how to properly use their camera. Great locations! Long tour, but doesn't feel that way. If you want to see New Zealand wilderness and enjoy taking pictures, this is a must do tour. Group size is no greater than 5.
    - GoesBoom
  • I was in Auckland for 2 weeks and barely had the time to travel out of the city. Two days before heading back to Europe I found this trip on TripAdvisor and decided it was my last chance at discovering more about the Auckland area and NZ in general from someone who lives and works there as a photographer. I was right! I booked the trip last minute by phone, and though I was the only one booked for that day Kai kindly took me on a tour anyway. I learned so much, and the places we saw were beautiful! Kai has an amazing knowledge of nature and guides you as you're taking photos. He had brought filters which I gladly used while shooting Bethells Beach. In just a few hours I learned a lot about the history of NZ, Auckland, the rainforest and photography. Kai will even bring lunch and everything you need to spend a great day. He offered me a Ginger beer. He's genuinely interested in getting to know you so he can make the tour best fit your interests. Kai picked me up from the place I was staying at and dropped me back in the city at night, which was very convenient. I was gone from 1pm to pretty much 9pm. The tour involves a bit of hiking, make sure you bring walking shoes. I highly recommend this trip! Worth every penny!
    - Marie A
  • There are lots of Waitakere Ranges tours on Viator. For me it was important to join a tour which is more active. As a special treat for myself, I decided to combine the Waitakere Ranges tour with something else I love - taking pictures. I only have a compact camera and wasn't sure if it would be good enough but was amazed with the result. I learnt quite a lot, for example what filters are for and when to use them, the different camera modes, how to make water look silky... Kai's a very patient and laid-back tour guide who is not only there to help you with photography but also to tell you more about the Waitakere Ranges.
    - Sabrina M