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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Selected Date: Saturday, 24th of June 2017

Auckland's Wild West

This tour is all about enjoying NZ’s pristine environment and capturing its beauty on camera. After a forest hike we drive to the beach for the sunset.

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Selected Date: Sunday, 25th of June 2017

Auckland's Wild West

This tour is all about enjoying NZ’s pristine environment and capturing its beauty on camera. After a forest hike we drive to the beach for the sunset.

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Selected Date: Tuesday, 27th of June 2017

Auckland's Wild West

This tour is all about enjoying NZ’s pristine environment and capturing its beauty on camera. After a forest hike we drive to the beach for the sunset.

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Selected Date: Wednesday, 28th of June 2017

Auckland's Wild West

This tour is all about enjoying NZ’s pristine environment and capturing its beauty on camera. After a forest hike we drive to the beach for the sunset.

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Selected Date: Thursday, 29th of June 2017

Auckland's Wild West

This tour is all about enjoying NZ’s pristine environment and capturing its beauty on camera. After a forest hike we drive to the beach for the sunset.

4 Seats Left
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Selected Date: Friday, 30th of June 2017

Auckland's Wild West

This tour is all about enjoying NZ’s pristine environment and capturing its beauty on camera. After a forest hike we drive to the beach for the sunset.

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Book Now!

Customer Reviews

  • 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
  • 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
  • This is an awesome tour! Great spots, interesting information about the nature, esp. Kauri trees. Nice climbings to hidden places. Kai provided sandwiches, drinks and chocolate and also an extra camera/tripod (we had only one). You will be picked up at your hotel. Useful information about camera settings and how to find the best photo subject.
    - Raphael M
  • Found this tour through the reviews of TripAdvisor. It was great. There were some degrees of hiking involved, better to have a pair of hiking shoes for this tour; if without, at least having a good pair of sport shoes, and be expected to get a good exercise. In term of photography, Kai - the tour organizer - is passionate in this, and he knows the spots for good photos.
    - Terence T
  • Decided to take first ever photographic tour , and I am glad to say that we did it . Kai is excellent guide , knowledgeable , enthusiastic and very friendly. He took time with us as we are slow hiker and out of shape , he showed us parts of Auckland we would have missed . He even lended his filters for my lens . I have included some of the pictures. I will recommend him without any reservations.
    - naishadh m
  • I feel horrible that it has taken me so long to review, especially because this was such an amazing tour. I was looking for a tour that would give me some range of activity for the one day I'd be in Auckland. The problem was almost every trip required a couple to register. As a solo traveler, most Auckland tours just excluded themselves. I was very lucky to find this one and even luckier that Kai still offered the tour when I was the only one registered for my day. The sights on this trip! I will give the warning that this is not a tour for people who have health issues that create difficulty walking. There is climbing, slippery mud and rocks, and crossing riverlets involved. I suggest wearing shoes and clothes you don't mind getting dirty, or, in my case, I just threw them out when I was done. Kai is friendly, knowledgeable, welcoming, and fun. I had a great day learning about and experiencing some of his favorite places in the Auckland area, and after you've seen them, they will likely be among your favorites, too. Because Kai knows the land and water of these areas well, I could trust him to make safe decisions of where we would walk and how we would approach certain areas. You will definitely return home with impressive photographs of New Zealand--forests, waterfalls, beaches. A lot of people asked me what my favorite part of the trip which included bits of Australia and the South Island as well. There was so much diversity on the trip that I cannot choose a favorite. However, I guess with how I go on about how wonderful this photography tour was, people make their own assumptions about my favorite part. A Thank you, Kai!
    - Victoria J