NZ's Volcanic Mountain Heart Landscape Photography Workshop

Workshop length:
Thursday 5th - Sunday 8th September 2024
Turangi - Taupo - Central Plateau - Ruapehu - Tongariro
$1,999 (sold out)
Max number on course:
Maximum of 6 (sold out)
Join me and co-host Laurie Winter as we explore and capture the volcanic heart of the North Island encompassing an amazing variety of landscapes. From snowcapped mountains to lush beech forests, and impressive waterfalls to barren alpine desert views, this is a region that will surprise you with its beauty. The Central Plateau is also one of NZ's premiere astrophotography locations with very little light pollution, allowing us to capture the night sky in all its glory.
What you'll experience
You'll learn how to use a variety of landscape photography and astrophotography techniques to showcase all the different landscapes we'll see - from exposure bracketing to focus stacking, using ND filters to best effect and getting to know your camera's settings even more intimately. We'll teach you how to shoot astrophotography images including multi-image panoramas. In our editing sessions, you'll also learn how to take the potential from your RAW images to create images that will wow you! And of course we'll have a ton of fun and adventures along the way too.
Course Itinerary
By Meghan Maloney
Thursday 5th - Sunday 8th September 2024

Thursday 5th September 2024

We'll meet at the accommodation in Turangi at 2pm. There will be transport available from Hamilton Airport leaving at 10am that morning if you prefer to fly. We'll do an intro session and head out to shoot sunset, and if skies are clear after dark, we'll aim to shoot a Milky Way panorama over the mountains.

Friday 6th September - Saturday 7th September 2024

We have a vast array of photography locations available to explore over the next 3 days in the area - the exact locations visited will depend on the weather conditions. More info will be provided in the itinerary approximately 6 weeks before the workshop. There are so many incredible mountain vistas to shoot from the roads in the region, and below is a small selection of the amazing and varied landscapes we can visit in the region.

Sunday 8th September 2024

After a final sunrise shoot and wrap-up session, we'll finish up with a group brunch finishing up approximately 11am - allowing time to return to Hamilton for any mid afternoon flight departures.


A full itinerary with detailed information will be provided to attendees approximately 6 weeks before the workshop.

Additional Workshop Info

  • Accommodation will be in single share at an AirBnB accommodation Turangi with shared bathroom
  • Transport from Hamilton Airport is available with a pick up at 10am on Thursday
  • Please ensure you read the terms and conditions regarding the cancellation policy for this workshop. I highly recommend taking out insurance to cover any travel disruptions or if you need to cancel.

Fees and Payment

  • The full workshop fee is $1,999 NZD
  • A deposit of $500 is required to be paid to secure your place for this event
  • The remaining $1,499 is to be paid no later than 120 days prior to the event (5 June 2024) and is payable to Meghan Maloney Photography via bank transfer or credit card (3% surcharge applies)
  • Payment plans are available - please enquire.

How to Book

Please complete the booking form below to register.

What's included
  • Hands on tuition from two leading NZ landscape and astro photographers
  • Mastering the manual settings on your camera - understanding the exposure triangle
  • The art of good composition - using different techniques to significantly improve how your images look and feel
  • Advanced techniques such as focus stacking, exposure blending and creating panoramas
  • Use of KASE neutral density and polariser filters while in the field
  • Planning and executing a successful photography shoot
  • In-the-field experience at a variety of stunning New Zealand locations
  • Expert advice on how to create stunning images in Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Advice on using social media to showcase your photography
  • Use of Sony cameras and lenses for those who want to try these out

Accommodation, Meals and Transport

  • 3 nights accommodation in single-share bedrooms (bathrooms may be shared)
  • Transport for 4 days from Wellington Airport
  • Breakfasts included each day
Gear requirements
  • Camera and lenses - ideally lenses that will cover both wide angle right through to telephoto zoom at 300-400mm
  • STURDY tripod - very important
  • Torch or head torch
  • Spare batteries and charger (plenty of batteries as we are unlikely to be able to charge during the day while travelling)
  • Laptop with both Lightroom Classic & Photoshop installed
  • Plenty of memory cards and adapter to link with laptop for editing
  • Remote shutter control (needed if there is an opportunity to try star trails)
  • Neutral density filters (if you own these - a selection will be available to borrow during the workshop)
  • Warm clothing - it's midwinter so you will need merino layers, puffer jacket, hat, gloves, warm comfortable hiking boots and possibly gumboots
  • Umbrella, rain poncho and waterproof camera sleeve
  • A willingness to learn and a sense of fun and adventure!
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"Meghan is a great photography tutor. She explains things clearly and precisely and takes the time to make sure you understand. She knows a wide variety of techniques and styles for learners to try."

Craig - Matamata

Meghan's workshop is a great mix of useful skills and fundamental concepts as well as lots of fun. Meghan is such a lovely person that would like to share anything that you will be happy to spend two full days with her. The workshop helped me a lot.

Lily - China

Having followed Meghan and her captivating portrayal of New Zealand’s landscape on instagram for over 5 years, I’ve finally had the opportunity to join her 5-week online live photography course. Meghan has a gift to explain the “how to” of landscape photography in a very clear, easy to understand and enjoyable manner. Her depth of knowledge in every aspect will prove a more than worthwhile investment for anyone who enjoys this form of photography,  whether novice or experienced.

David - Christchurch

Real, honest, down to earth and very talented photographer. Very helpful with all the little things, takes time to explain information and makes sure it is understood. Just completed an online Zoom photography course which was well run and incredibly informative..

Robbie - Australia

Meghan is an amazing tutor. Her effective communication and course outline was exactly what I was looking for. I bought my first camera a few weeks before this course and lucky enough this course covered camera settings and composition which every beginner looks forward to.  From looking after your gear, settings, pro tips, composition and editing, this course was every beginners dream come true. I look forward to the next stage of this course and mind you this was quite affordable and full of knowledge. I have become a better photographer. Thank you and I look forward to more content from you.

Ash - Queenstown

Meghan is not only an awesome photographer but a wonderful teacher. I love her delivery style and this course is a great introduction to landscape photography. Meghan is also very encouraging and is very open and detailed with sharing her knowledge during her classes. The course structure was well thought out and presented in easy to digest modules. I look forward to learning more from Meghan as she grows her class schedule. Highly recommend!

Lystra - UK

Meghan has been the most helpful and caring photographer I have had the pleasure to meet, she has that special quality (and patience) that very few are blessed with to be the perfect teacher and along with her amazing photography is a mentor to us all... I have been so privileged to have her assistance on my learning journey, something I will be forever grateful for...

Robyn -  Otago

Totally amazing time with Meghan.  Her knowledge is amazing and the willingness to teach is fantastic. I never thought i could learn so much in such a short time but I did. I highly recommend Meghan to anyone wanting to learn and develop their skills. I cant wait to work with Meghan again soon.

Paul - Palmerston North

Perfect. I have learnt more in one  weekend than I ever imagined I could.

Jason - Cambridge

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