The Laughing Chestnut Ltd offers photography tours into the Waitakeres as well as landscape photographs as prints and in electronic form. The Laughing Chestnut Ltd is a registered and privately owned company. The company was founded in 2015 by my wife, Mila, and myself, Kai.
I am originally from Germany, where I was a researcher in the field of biotechnology and environmental science. I fell in love with New Zealand a good two decades ago, travelled the country since then and moved here for good in 2011.
We live west of Auckland’s city centre in the Waitakere Ranges, the very area I will take you to. For me, this is one of the most beautiful and diverse areas of New Zealand (and maybe the world).
I want to take you on a trip to my favourite spots in the area. I prefer the solitude and wilderness “off the beaten Track” and I will take you where the locals go in their spare time.
I have been a passionate landscape photographer for many years and the Waitakeres are the best “backyard” a landscape and nature photographer could possibly have. I am out in the Hills and on the coast whenever my time allows it and I love sharing my local knowledge with fellow photographers and nature enthusiasts.
We believe in quality and environmental sustainability. We strive to bring New Zealand’s beauty to you while caring for our environment – it is source of our photos after all. My wife and I are passionate conservationists and we actively support Ark in the Park and are supporters of Tiritiri Matangi Island.
We are an approved tour operator and carry a concession for photography tours into Auckland’s Waitakere Regional Park.
Our dedicated tour van is certified as tour van and I carry a passenger endorsement and a comprehensive first aid certificate. We put your safety first and carry a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) with us on every tour. Even when we are in areas without cell phone coverage, the PLB allows to send a distress signal with our location to the nearest Search & Rescue unit via satellite.
The Laughing Chestnut offers landscape prints, commercial licences and free desktop wallpapers on http://www.thelaughingchestnut.co.nz/