Friday 17 - Sunday 19 July 2020 - Meghan Maloney Photography
Mist lights up the Milky Way and reflections on Blue Lake

Cambridge - Lake Tarawera - Okere Falls - Kerosene Creek - Redwood Forest - Lake Rotorua - Lake Karapiro

Workshop length: 3 days, 2 nights

$999 NZD ($799 without accomodation)


Explore the amazing scenery on offer in the Waikato and Rotorua regions  with this weekend photography workshop that will teach you how to improve your composition, master your camera's settings and learn how different filters will enhance the images you capture. You'll also discover easy Lightroom techniques to turn your original RAW files into stunning landscape images. 

During the weekend we will cover an area that is incredibly rich in landscape photographic variety from swirling thermal areas  to quiet lakes reflecting the starry night sky and lush waterfalls in hidden valleys. This will give you a range of opportunities to put into practice all the skills you will learn during our weekend together.


Friday 2pm
The weekend workshop will kick off at 2pm at Hidden Lake Hotel with drinks and nibbles and an introduction to the workshop plan.

Friday evening
There will be time to capture a winter sunset locally around Cambridge and after dark we will head out for astrophotography to Lake Karapiro if the skies are clear.

Saturday morning

We will meet at 5am to travel to Lake Tarawera for sunrise at one of the many beautiful jetties on the lake. A packed breakfast and lunch will be provided by the hotel.

Saturday afternoon
There will plenty of opportunities to capture a variety of scenery during the day at waterfalls in the region such as Kerosene Creek and Okere Falls as well as a trip into the Redwood Forest. We will end up for sunset at one of the jetties on the eastern side of Lake Rotorua or in Kuirau Park.

Saturday evening
If the skies are clear we will head back out to Lake Tarawera to capture the most amazing night skies you will see in the North Island before driving back to Cambridge.

Sunday morning
There are plenty of options for a local sunrise within a short drive so we will pick a location based on  group preference before heading back to Hidden Lake Hotel for a session on editing in Lightroom while enjoying a tasty breakfast provided by the hotel.

Sunday 12pm
The workshop officially ends and everyone is free to travel home. You will leave overflowing with a wealth of new knowledge, exhilarated by the weekend experiences and keen to try out all the new techniques and tips you have learned.


  • Tuition and advice from Meghan tailored to suit each participant's needs
  • In-the-field experience at a variety of beautiful photographic locations
  • Valuable tips and advice on creating stunning images in Lightroom
  • Advice on using social media to showcase your photography
  • 2 nights' accommodation in an Executive King studio room (single share) at Hidden Lake Hotel in Cambridge
  • Drinks and nibbles (Friday)
  • Breakfast and lunch while on the road (Saturday)
  • A sit down breakfast (Sunday)
  • Transport for the duration of the workshop
  • Use of neutral density and graduated filters while in the field


  • Camera and lenses
  • Tripod
  • Torch or head torch
  • Spare batteries and charger
  • Laptop if you have one
  • Memory cards and adapter to link with laptop for editing
  • Remote shutter control and filters (if you own these)
  • Wet weather and warm gear (waterproof jacket, hiking boots, a small umbrella or waterproof camera sleeve, hat and gloves)
  • A willingness to learn and a sense of fun and adventure!


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