Hidden Escapes Waikato Photography Tour

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Cambridge - Lake Te Koutu - Lake Karapiro - Blue Spring - Sanctuary Mountain - Zealong Tea - Hamilton Gardens
$1999 NZD for 3 days (including accommodation and all activities)
Max number on course:
Minimum of 2 people per course
If rolling hills, lakes and rivers make you want to pick up your camera and head out the door, this Hidden Escape Waikato landscape photography workshop is for you. Come photograph one of the most scenic places on earth and uncover its best-kept secrets during this 3-day experience. See the pure waters of The Blue Spring. Be mesmerised by the variety of native New Zealand birds and animals living in mountain forests. Step away from the tourist trail and learn how to capture better photography in the Waikato, or simply turn up for an extraordinary experience. You will be amazed.
What you'll experience
Capture this beautiful part of New Zealand over three days while learning a variety of new photography skills with Meghan. We visit all the best local spots including The Blue Spring, home of New Zealand's purest drinking water. Discover glow worms in the lake canyon with Lake District Adventures and experience birdsong and unique wildlife at Sanctuary Mountain. Enjoy a Tea Tour and High Tea at Zealong Tea Estate, and capture the beauty of a serene dawn in world-class Hamilton Gardens.
Course Itinerary
By Meghan Maloney
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  • Arrive at Hidden Lake on the shores of Lake Te Koutu
  • Check in to New Zealand's newest earth conscious hotel
  • Enjoy an introduction session outlining the photography techniques you will learn and practice in the next 3 days
  • Depart for Lake District Adventures and paddle through the secluded waters of Lake Karapiro capturing the golden light as day turns to night and the lake comes alive with the twinkling lights of hundreds of glow worms
  • Return to Cambridge for dinner in D'Arcy's Garden Restaurant, Club Lounge and Bar
  • On a clear night visit Lake Karapiro for stargazing and astrophotography opportunities


  • Pre-dawn departure for the crystal clear waters of The Blue Spring at sunrise
  • Breakfast in the midst of Waikato nature
  • Travel to Sanctuary Mountain, home to endangered NZ animal species
  • Wildlife and lush native forest photography
  • Picnic lunch and more time to explore
  • Head north to Zealong Tea Estate - home of NZ's 100% organic award-winning tea. Tour the estate and enjoy a High Tea experience
  • Stop to capture the sunset on the return trip to Cambridge


  • Sunrise surrounded by Hamilton Gardens lush North Island horticulture
  • Shoot a variety of locations in the themed gardens
  • Seated breakfast at Hidden Lake Hotel
  • Photographic editing session by Meghan Maloney – learn how to get the best results from the Waikato landscape images you have captured
  • Depart the Waikato taking your beautiful images and newfound knowledge home to practice and enjoy
What's included

Gear requirements
  • Camera (mirrorless camera or DSLR is best)
  • Lenses
  • Tripod
  • Spare batteries, charger and memory card
  • Warm clothes and waterproof jacket
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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

I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone wanting to improve their photography skills. I learnt so much this weekend and am so excited to practice my new skills. I have a lot more confidence and knowledge about what I'm doing and a heightened enthusiasm.

Emily - Otorohanga

I really enjoyed going to new locations with expert guidance in each place. Meghan is super friendly and happy to answer all questions  - a great tutor.

Vivienne - Whangaparoa

Fantastic introduction to a variety of areas in the Waikato to take photos. We were encouraged to experiment and Meghan has a genuine interest in other's perspectives and the photos we all took.

Zoe - Hamilton

Fun and lots of learning while feeling like a few friends going out to get good photos!

Becky - UK

Meghan is very knowledgeable and has a wonderful manner to teach.

Dave -  Tauranga

I learnt so much about my camera and different ways to compose images. I learnt how to get my aperture, shutter and ISO to all work together.

Hannah - Cambridge

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

Jason - Cambridge

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