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Tauranga customised photo tour starts today (Sept 18) with airport collection about midday.

I have designed a personalised tour focusing on landscapes and night shoots commencing in Rotorua for the first afternoon then shifting to Tauranga.

Forest floor and mossy dead tree trunk
















And, a little culture at Ohinemutu on the way out.

A stop in bottom of Pyes Pa Gorge Road on way to Tauranga for some long exposure shots round off the afternoons shooting.


Morning beach sunrises, bush walks, waterfalls, and evening harbour and night lights shoots will follow over 4 days. We’ll throw in travelling in a vintage Ford Model T for a visit to a kiwifruit orchard, its pruning season, so not most interesting time but expect to see workers in action, and a cruise across, and around, Lake Rotoiti in a vintage boat with fish and chips lunch.

So here’s a little summary of the tour. It’s fair to say it went really well. We covered a lot of territory in the days available, we were able to share photography techniques, see some new ones tried and in the evenings look into expanding the use of Lightroom by a better understanding of some of its features.

Early morning, blue hour at Mount Maunganui;



Lex sets up for a shot of stream while Lex and Eric take in the view.

The afternoon sees us head to Te Puna Quarry. A chance to build on our botanical collections. Bright Maori carving above stands over entrance to one of the Quarry paths.

Spinifex, large highway sculpture makes a striking image against sky just before sunrise as we head to Papamoa for a sunrise beach shoot.



Lex lines up a log and casts a                              long shadow.




Then off to see a kiwifruit orchard in 1930’s Ford. Stopping by the orchard outhouse for workers.


From the orchard to Otaramarae and the vintage “Cappy” for a small geese call and trip trip across Lake Rotoiti for lunch.

Lex and captain John tuck into a lunch of fish and chip on back of the boat.


Crossing the lake.

Mount Maunganui-31

Before leaving the harbour, container cranes under a sunburst.


At the Bridge Marina for our last dinner together when we caught this little tacker on a scooter.






Last shoot, Okere Falls en-route to Rotorua Airport and return home.

Four days, a great range of photo opps, and the chance to utilise a range of photographic techniques – a great few days.

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