Bay of Plenty Photography Tours

New Zealand is a photographer's dream, filled with stunning vistas, sceneries and landscapes that beg to be captured on lens. And like most places in New Zealand, the Bay of Plenty is especially endowed with photogenic opportunities that will inspire photographers to sharpen their skills and apply the tricks of the trade to create a ‘hero shot’ they will be rightly proud of. Water in its various movements and forms serves as the unifying theme of the Bay of Plenty region, and the common backdrop to the different Bay of Plenty Photography Tours on offer.

The dynamic seascapes of the Bay of the Plenty make a fitting introduction to photography tours and an ideal subject for photographers from sun up to sun down, whatever the time of year. Tauranga's main beach is strategically positioned to allow photographers to shoot sunrise and sunset from one location.

Heading inland, shift your focus to rivers and waterfalls, with some of New Zealand's most captivating scenes as your subjects. The waterfalls in the Kaimai Mamaku Forest are some of the most stunning sights in the area, and you'll have the opportunity to shoot these rarely visited falls if you’re willing to put in the effort. It's a rugged place, offering an opportunity to tramp in the bush with an experienced ranger guide. Choose this tour if you love to mix your photography with action.

No photograph of Bay of Plenty would ever be complete without one of its most iconic natural wonders. Surrounded by native bush, water bursts forth from cracks in the rock face, creating a powerful cascade down jagged rocks. Thousands of years ago, lava flowed from the eruption of Mount Tarawera and abruptly stopped, creating the waterfalls' rugged cliff face. In full flood, the powerful Tarawera Falls is a sight to behold.

Depending on which tour you choose, you could also have a chance to capture McLaren Falls and Kaiate Falls notable for their appearance and features. McLaren Falls is formed by two rivers converging and cascading down huge bare boulders as one. In Kaiate Falls, water tumbles down a series of ravines before ending in a large single cascade, offering photographic opportunities from various perspectives.

On a multi-day tour, you will have the opportunity to venture further inland to the volcanic hub of New Zealand. The geothermal wonderland of Rotorua brims with bubbling pools of mud, hot springs and mysterious hues formed by acids boiling underground – a surreal landscape that every photographer shouldn’t miss. While many have walked amongst this mesmerizing land of volcanic activity, few have seen the hidden Hot Water Waterfall, which you might be able to capture, if conditions allow.

With marvelous views all around to tease out your best shots, and with the guidance and insider knowledge provided to let you make the most of available technology to help you create a style that stands out from all the others, capturing your hero shot is one click away.