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7 Days Volcanic North Island Photo Tour

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Overview

Travelling from Auckland to Wellington in a span of seven days on our Volcanic North Island Photo Tour, we encounter many of the most awe-inspiring volcanic landscapes in New Zealand. A few of these iconic areas include the World Heritage Tongariro National Park, Mt. Taranaki, New Zealand’s most beautifully shaped mountain, and White Island, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The tour will also take you to the captivating Coromandel Coastline where inviting sandy beaches line the east and rugged bays clad in pohutukawa flank the west.

Highlights

  • All the main volcanoes
  • Boat trip to White Island
  • 4WD trip across private farmland
  • Coromandel Coast
  • White Island
  • Rotorua Geothermal Area
  • Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe
  • Mt Taranaki and Taranaki coastline

7 Days Volcanic North Island Photo Tour

Cape Egmont

7 Days Volcanic North Island Photo Tour

Cathedral Cove

7 Days Volcanic North Island Photo Tour

Mt. Ngauruhoe

7 Days Volcanic North Island Photo Tour

Waterfall at Tongariro National Park

Itinerary

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Day 1Auckland/Coromandel Peninsula

After Airport and city hotel pickups we depart Auckland for Hahei on the Coromandel Peninsula, passing through the lush rolling farmland of the Waikato en route. The Coromandel Peninsula is a mountainous finger of land, formed from old volcanoes, and separated from Auckland by the Firth of Thames, a shallow expanse of sea home to many wading seabirds.

Day 2Coromandel Peninsula

The day starts with a sunrise shoot over Cathedral Cove, famous as the location of Cair Paravel in the Narnia films, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, and ‘Prince Caspian.’ After photographing the cove and its impressive arch, we head back to the hotel for breakfast. We spend the whole day driving north to photograph the beaches, forests and waterfalls of the Coromandel Peninsula. With the terrain rising steeply to mountains, many of the area’s stream boast photogenic waterfalls. Sunset will be spent at one of the Coromandel’s bays.

Day 3Coromandel Peninsula/Rotorua

East of the Coromandel Peninsula stretches the broad expanse of the Bay of Plenty, an area famed for its harbours, long beaches and prospering towns, through which we pass early. The bay boasts several islands, including White Island/Whakaari. Lying 49 km offshore, this island is the tip of a large underwater volcano, with the crater exposed above sea level. A tour around the island offers much of photographic interest, including active steam vents, the brilliant colours of the sulphur, and the surreal textures of this constantly-changing landscape.

Day 4Rotorua/Tongariro National Park

This morning we head out to photograph a geothermal reserve close to Rotorua. South of Rotorua, we head to Taupo, visiting Huka Falls en route. Although not particularly high, these falls are one of the most voluminous in New Zealand, where the entire Waikato River (New Zealand’s longest river) plunges over an ignimbrite cliffs. Afterwards, we journey south past Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake, and the site of its greatest ever recorded eruption - in 186AD - an event noted by both the Chinese and Romans. After arriving at Tongariro National Park, we hike to some of the park’s sublime waterfalls, including Tawhai and Taranaki Falls. We spend the evening photographing the sunset over Mt Ruapehu, at 2797m the highest mountain in the North Island, and the country’s loftiest volcano.

Day 5Tongariro/Taranaki

Mts Tongariro and Ngauruhoe offer striking subjects for a sunrise shoot. Both are active volcanoes, with Ngauruhoe having the distinctive classic volcano shape. Afterwards, we travel to Taranaki on the Forgotten World Highway, a snaking route that passes through some of the most remote and verdant forest of the North Island. En route we photograph the North Island’s second highest waterfall. The rustic town, known as the Republic of Whangamomona, makes for a memorable shoot along the highway. We arrive in Taranaki in time to photograph the sunset over the dramatic coastline, which includes former volcanoes, now eroded into offshore islands.

Day 6Taranaki

If any New Zealand volcano has the perfect shape, it is Mt Taranaki, which at 2518 m is the second-highest peak in the North Island. It forms the centrepiece of Egmont National Park, one of the country’s oldest national parks. Wonderfully stunted forest and shapely waterfalls flowing over old lava escarpments offer some excellent photography. Journeying south, we round the North Island’s western-most point at Cape Egmont, well known for its iconic lighthouse with Mt Taranaki rising behind it.

Day 7Taranaki/Wellington

As we head south towards New Zealand’s capital city, we pass through several small towns and pause to capture the landscapes of the Rangitikei Gorge. Flowing from the Kaimanawa Ranges, this important river carves its way through pale cliffs made of papa, a type of mudstone that creates impressive features. During the afternoon we take a 4WD trip across private farmland to visit set of unusual round boulders in a forest. On the final drive south Wellington, we pass the Kapiti Coast, where Kapiti Island appears offshore, then around the edge of sea and across to Wellington Harbour, one of the world’s best anchorages. Tucked into the edge of the harbour, and dwarfed by the surrounding hills, Wellington is an attractive city, with an extensive green belt.

Itinerary

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Day 1Auckland/Coromandel Peninsula

After Airport and city hotel pickups we depart Auckland for Hahei on the Coromandel Peninsula, passing through the lush rolling farmland of the Waikato en route. The Coromandel Peninsula is a mountainous finger of land, formed from old volcanoes, and separated from Auckland by the Firth of Thames, a shallow expanse of sea home to many wading seabirds.

Day 2Coromandel Peninsula

The day starts with a sunrise shoot over Cathedral Cove, famous as the location of Cair Paravel in the Narnia films, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, and ‘Prince Caspian.’ After photographing the cove and its impressive arch, we head back to the hotel for breakfast. We spend the whole day driving north to photograph the beaches, forests and waterfalls of the Coromandel Peninsula. With the terrain rising steeply to mountains, many of the area’s stream boast photogenic waterfalls. Sunset will be spent at one of the Coromandel’s bays.

Day 3Coromandel Peninsula/Rotorua

East of the Coromandel Peninsula stretches the broad expanse of the Bay of Plenty, an area famed for its harbours, long beaches and prospering towns, through which we pass early. The bay boasts several islands, including White Island/Whakaari. Lying 49 km offshore, this island is the tip of a large underwater volcano, with the crater exposed above sea level. A tour around the island offers much of photographic interest, including active steam vents, the brilliant colours of the sulphur, and the surreal textures of this constantly-changing landscape.

Day 4Rotorua/Tongariro National Park

This morning we head out to photograph a geothermal reserve close to Rotorua. South of Rotorua, we head to Taupo, visiting Huka Falls en route. Although not particularly high, these falls are one of the most voluminous in New Zealand, where the entire Waikato River (New Zealand’s longest river) plunges over an ignimbrite cliffs. Afterwards, we journey south past Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake, and the site of its greatest ever recorded eruption - in 186AD - an event noted by both the Chinese and Romans. After arriving at Tongariro National Park, we hike to some of the park’s sublime waterfalls, including Tawhai and Taranaki Falls. We spend the evening photographing the sunset over Mt Ruapehu, at 2797m the highest mountain in the North Island, and the country’s loftiest volcano.

Day 5Tongariro/Taranaki

Mts Tongariro and Ngauruhoe offer striking subjects for a sunrise shoot. Both are active volcanoes, with Ngauruhoe having the distinctive classic volcano shape. Afterwards, we travel to Taranaki on the Forgotten World Highway, a snaking route that passes through some of the most remote and verdant forest of the North Island. En route we photograph the North Island’s second highest waterfall. The rustic town, known as the Republic of Whangamomona, makes for a memorable shoot along the highway. We arrive in Taranaki in time to photograph the sunset over the dramatic coastline, which includes former volcanoes, now eroded into offshore islands.

Day 6Taranaki

If any New Zealand volcano has the perfect shape, it is Mt Taranaki, which at 2518 m is the second-highest peak in the North Island. It forms the centrepiece of Egmont National Park, one of the country’s oldest national parks. Wonderfully stunted forest and shapely waterfalls flowing over old lava escarpments offer some excellent photography. Journeying south, we round the North Island’s western-most point at Cape Egmont, well known for its iconic lighthouse with Mt Taranaki rising behind it.

Day 7Taranaki/Wellington

As we head south towards New Zealand’s capital city, we pass through several small towns and pause to capture the landscapes of the Rangitikei Gorge. Flowing from the Kaimanawa Ranges, this important river carves its way through pale cliffs made of papa, a type of mudstone that creates impressive features. During the afternoon we take a 4WD trip across private farmland to visit set of unusual round boulders in a forest. On the final drive south Wellington, we pass the Kapiti Coast, where Kapiti Island appears offshore, then around the edge of sea and across to Wellington Harbour, one of the world’s best anchorages. Tucked into the edge of the harbour, and dwarfed by the surrounding hills, Wellington is an attractive city, with an extensive green belt.

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