Rotorua is a destination which packs a lot of opportunity in for inspiring photography. This tour takes in stunning forests, waterfalls, lakes and of course the best geo-thermal activity in the southern hemisphere. Join Richard on a six day adventure around this incredible region and take home new photographs and memories for a lifetime. 


Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland which offers fantastic variety and seemingly limitless options for creative photography.

Our itinerary is designed to take in all that this region has to offer including fantastic geothermal parks, a 4WD journey to the dormant volcano of Mount Tarawera, a suspended treewalk high among giant Redwoods and multiple beauitiful lakes.

We stay in luxury accommodation in Rotorua and pack in day trips where we are on location well before the sun rises and after it sets again to capture the magic light of dawn and dusk.

In between we have plenty of time for spontaneous shots and we take the time to ensure we are enjoying the trip along the way.

Suitable for all levels of photographer from beginner to advanced and a medium level of fitness is required.

Redwoods Forest | Rororua Lakes | Lake Tarawera Crater | Putaruru Blue Springs | Okere Falls
Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland | Waimangu Volcanic Valley


Our tours allow for some flexibility depending on weather & driving conditions however the following is where we expect to be and when. 

Day 1 Meet in Rotorua and head to Putaratu Blue Springs for afternoon and evening photography. 
Day 2 After an early start photographing Lake Rotorua we head to Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland for amazing variety of geothermal activity to photograph.
Day 3 Sunrise photography at Lake Tarawera followed by a 4WD (four wheel drive) adventure to the the dormant volcano of Mount Tarawera.
Day 4 We are on location early at the Redwoods Forest to capture the glorious morning light as it drifts through these amazing trees. We then take a completely different perspective by taking the ‘tree-walk’ which is 12 meters above the forest floor and offers a unique vantage point for photography. 
Day 5 We travel to Okere Falls to photograph the waterfall but also abandoned power station which allows for some fantastic possibilities for creative photography. 
Day 6 On our last day we visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley with it’s fascinating geothermal features and steaming volcanic crater lakes. 


MAY 19 – MAY 24 2022

NZ $2600 per person (double share)
NZ $775.00 single person supplement
Deposit: NZ $1000 per person

Full payment or deposit can be made via Bank Transfer.

Included in tour price

  • Photographic tuition and support from Richard Hume
  • Accommodation for five nights
  • All travel around locations
  • All entry fees to geothermal parks and Redwood Forest Treewalk
  • All Meals are included – breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Not Included in tour price

  • Any transport required to and from Rotorua, before and after the tour
  • Alcohol and other items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Camera – you will require your own camera and tripod¬†

Frequently Asked Questions

You will be on location learning all aspects of landscape photography in the best way I know how – by getting out there and doing it. From reading and interpreting natural light, composition, filters and all aspects of using your digital camera – we cover it all in some of best locations available for landscape photography.

A complete list will be sent to you as part of tour preparation – however essentails include:
A DSLR Camera with lenses
A strong tripod
Spare camera batteries – you don’t want to run out of batteries in the loactions we go to
Camera shutter release for long exposure
Camera filters
Outdoor clothing including wet weather gear, walking shoes, sunblock etc

Our tours have a maximum of 8 people. This allows for plenty of personalised learning time along the way.

To make a booking simply fill in the form below. I will send you details to allow you to make a bank transfer of the deposit to confirm your place on the tour.

You will be sent comprehensive details on the tour including full itinerary, what gear it is recommended to bring and all other relevant information.