This two-day tour will take you 175km north of Auckland to Dargaville, a rural town steeped in significant Maori and pioneerhistory and famed for its giant kauri trees and stunning Kauri Coast beaches.

You will be collected from your central city hotel at 8am and travel in luxury in our leather–seated Mercedes minivan,accompanied by a Lesley Whyte Photography senior photography guide and mentor until you are returned to your hotel at 5pm the following day.

During this off-the-regular-tourist-trail tour in rural New Zealand, you will enjoy an overnight stay in a three-star Dargaville motorinn and eat all your meals at local cafes and restaurants, with local wines and beers included. Your Lesley Whyte Photography team will help you make the most of the wonderful photographic opportunities at these picturesque Kauri Coast locations:

  • Sunset photography over the Tasman Sea at the beautiful west coast surf spot, Baylys Beach.  
  • Photograph the sunrise during a cruise on the Northern Wairoa River in a flat-bottomed river boat called Daisy and learn some of the history of the area’s kauri timber milling industry.
  • Ride Dargaville’s historical rail trail on a comfortable converted golf cart. The rail line, once the main line to Auckland, takes you and your camera along the river and through some beautiful farmland.  
  • The historic Ratana church. This tiny, derelict church, built in 1889, is very picturesque, sitting alone and abandoned in a field on the outskirts of the town.
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