Wairarapa Landscapes, Lighthouses & Astro Workshop

Workshop length:
Friday 8th to Tuesday 12th September 2023
Wairarapa - Martinborough - Cape Palliser - Putanigura Pinnacles - Castlepoint
Max number on course:
Maximum of 6
Join me and award-winning Sony photographer Laurie Winter as experience and capture the remote beauty of Wairarapa's lighthouses, coastline and inland scenery on this 5 day, 4 night landscape photography workshop. From the sweeping wild, seascape views at Castlepoint lighthouse and Cape Palliser, to the otherworldly Putangirua Pinnacles and picturesque rolling hills around Martinborough, Wairarapa is a region of stunning contrasts to photograph. We'll also capture the Milky Way setting in amazing dark sky locations in the region.
What you'll experience
We use simple techniques and guidance to help you improve your composition and master your camera's settings. We'll also show you how ND filters dramatically enhance the images you capture. We'll also help you create sharp, well composed astro panoramic images during our night shoots. You'll learn how to take the potential from your RAW images creating results that will wow you through the use of both Lightroom and Photoshop. And we'll have a ton of fun and adventures along the way too.
Course Itinerary
By Meghan Maloney
Friday 8th to Tuesday 12th September 2023

Friday 8th September 12pm

We'll meet at Wellington Airport to travel over to Martinborough, where we'll stay 2 nights at Brackenridge. Those who wish to make their own way there should be there by 2pm. We'll do an intro session and head out to shoot sunset locally around Martinborough. If skies are clear after dark, we'll aim to shoot a Milky Way panorama.

Saturday 9th September

We will cover a variety of landscape scenes on our travels around the region, and today hope to visit both Cape Palliser lighthouse and the Putangirua Pinnacles as well as exploring the beautiful countryside around Martinborough. During each day, we'll spend time learning the best Lightroom and Photoshop techniques to edit the images we have captured.

Sunday 10th September

After sunrise and breakfast, we'll make our to Castlepoint, where we'll be based for two nights. This remote coastline changes constantly, and staying 2 nights here means we can enjoy a variety of conditions to shoot in. . Again if conditions permit, we'll shoot the Milky Way in the evening.

Monday 11th September 2pm

After a final sunrise shoot, we'll head back to Wellington aiming for a mid-afternoon arrival.


A full itinerary will be provided to all attendees upon booking.

Additional Workshop Info

  • Accommodation will be in single share bedrooms in Martinborough and Castlepoint with shared bathroom
  • Transport from Wellington Airport is available pick up at 12pm on Friday
  • 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 $2,199 NZD
  • A deposit of $500 is required to be paid to secure your place for this event
  • The remaining $1,699 is to be paid no later than 120 days prior to the event (2 June 2023) 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

  • 4 nights accommodation in single-share bedrooms (bathrooms may be shared)
  • Transport for 4 days from Wellington Airport
  • Breakfasts and 2 dinners
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!
For full terms & conditions click here


"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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