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Author Promo tour to New Zealand Legends of South Island

Legends of South Island

Dates: 12.02 2021 – 22.02 2021

Conditions of participation  Photo tour program  General information




Conditions of participation

Photo Tour Location: New Zealand
Dates: 12.02-22.02.2021
Participation fee: 3800 $ USA (until May 20, 3500$ USA + special offer -100$ for +2 friends with you or -50$ for 1st)
Prepayment: non-refundable deposit – $ 500 USA
Two months before departure, pay 50 percent of the cost of the tour.
Number of days: 10 days / 9 nights
Number of participants: maximum 8.
Type of photography: landscape and night photography
Type of tour: photo tour, car trip
Difficulty level: very easy
The professional level of the photographer: basic, knowledge of his camera, possession of manual camera settings
Photoguide: Elena Pakhalyuk
Guide: Sergey Permitin, Chairman of the RGC (Russian Geographic Society) in New Zealand
Travel: jeeps
Accommodation: guest houses and hotels, 2 – 3-bed rooms, camps
Catering: cafe, hotel
Master classes in photo processing: in free time from photography, Lightroom / Photoshop

We will visit:
Muriwai Beach, Waipu Caves , Cape Reinga , Rotorua, Tarawera Lake, 2 lakes Rotokakahi и Tikitapu, Maori Living village Whakarewarewa , Wonderland Wai O Tatu , White Island, Coromandl , Hahei , Hot Water Beach, Cathedral Cove





Photo tour program

Day 1
Arrival before 12.00, transfer to the hotel, lunch, then we go to Muriwai beach with black sand – a favorite place for surfers. Shooting sunset, dinner. Night shooting.

Day 2
Dawn shooting on the beach in the same place, breakfast. We’re going to Waipu Caves. The group is divided into 2 parts. The first part – go to the caves, the second – on the Pacific coast.
In the evening, we all go together to shoot the sunset on the coast.
Dinner and night shooting.

Day 3
Dawn shooting on the coast, breakfast and changing subgroups. And the plan is the same like for the previous day, then we go to the northernmost lighthouse of the North Island – Cape Cape Reinga, Cape of Souls Sailing. We shoot the sunset and stars. Overnight in tents or in a guest house.

Day 4
Dawn shooting on the coast. Breakfast. Transfer to Rotorua. Dinner in the hotel. Recreation or birdwatching. Departure to the volcanic lake Taravera for the sunset shooting. Dinner. Night shooting on the Lake Rotorua or Taravera.

Day 5
Breakfast, we go to dawn shooting to 2 mountain spring lakes – Rotokakahi and Tikitapu. Next we go to the village of Maori Vakarevareva. Lunch. After lunch, we go to the VaiOTapu geyser park. Evening shooting, then swimming in a geyser stream in the jungle. We return to the hotel / guesthouse, dinner. Night shooting in the village of Maori.

Day 6
Breakfast, early departure. We go by boat to the White Island- Crater of one of the most active Volcanoes of the Planet on volcanic fumaroles. All day on volcano.

Day 7
Spare (in case of bad weather)

Day 8
Breakfast. Transfer to the Coromandel Peninsula for 3 hours in the town of Hahei to shoot on the coast, sunset in the grottoes. Evening and night shooting. Bathing in hot springs on the ocean beach- Hot Water Beach. Day 9 – wake up very early. Dawn Trail in Cathedral Grottoes. Swimming and relaxing on the beach. Dinner. Sunset shooting

Day 9
Day 10
Transfer to the airport





General information

NOTE! WE WILL DO VISA FOR YOU ( if you need a visa).


Clothes, footwear, tourist equipment

The weather is changeable, during the day it can be very warm up to + 22C degrees, at night it is much colder to +5C, sometimes it can be in the mountains and freezing and snow falls (rarely, but such a miracle happens). At this time of the year, strong winds in the mountains are very frequent, especially at night, it can rain and fog. In line with this, MANDATORY! have the necessary supply of warm wind and waterproof clothing, a raincoat, and do not forget about beach accessories, as we will relax in the geysers.
IMPORTANT! Since we will have radial outlets, you will need a backpack (40-50l), where you put warm clothes, a raincoat, a thermos and photo equipment.

Be sure to have with you (List)

A small backpack (30-40l) for photographic equipment, spare warm clothing for radial outlets, for snacks and a thermos
Lightweight fleece gloves
Storm / membrane jacket in case of strong wind
Very Warm jacket (for mountains)
Pants Membrane
Tourist running trousers
Warm sweater or fleece
A spare pair of warm socks
Comfortable running shoes
Flip-flops (for resting feet in the camp and for geysers)
Hygiene products, hygienic lipstick, plaster
Thermal underwear
Rubber Seat Pad
Bathing accessories for the beach (Valley of Geysers)

What it is desirable to have with you from Phototechnique (List)

Wide-angle and telezum lenses (the more photosensitivity, the better for night shots)
Trigger programmable cable (or you can remote)
Polarizing filter
Gradient filter (very desirable) 6-9 stops
ND filters 3-9 stops
4-5 batteries
2-3 flash cards with a total capacity of at least 64 GB
Optical cleaners
Photo backpack or photo bag
PowerBank for recharging a mobile phone



Included in cost:

Accommodation in guest houses
Accompanying Russian-speaking guide throughout the route
All entrance fees for the program
Transfer throughout the route
Camping Equipment
Photo workshops


The cost does not include:

Tickets your city – New Zealand – your city
Entrance fees not included in the tour
Meals not included in the tour price.
Medical insurance
Visa application



For any questions please contact:

Elena Pakhalyuk
Ambassador Olympus
– Member of the Union of Wildlife Photographers of Russia
– Member of the Russian Geographical Society (RGO),
– Member of the Development Center of the Russian Geographical Society of New Zealand since December 2018.
– Head of the Photo-Video Media Department of the Central Office of the Geographical Society of New Zealand


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Be sure to coordinate flights with the organizers! We will help you in selecting the cheapest tickets and with a visa. 


ATTENTION! Depending on the unpredictable weather conditions, as well as the general decision of the group, the program of the photo tour can be changed! 


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