Join us on this amazing exploration of the Central North Island. Starting in Auckland, we will explore the jetties and waterfalls of Rotorua for two nights. From there we will head on to the volcanoes and deserts of Tongariro National Park. Spend a night in a ski field hut on Mount Ruapehu with amazing views right on the doorstep. If the weather does not play along for this part of the trip, we will explore the caves at Waitomo instead.

The next leg of our trip takes us to the ragged coastline of New Plymouth. For two nights we will chase west coast sunsets, lighthouses and Mount Taranaki.

Our trip will take us past a variety of beautiful shooting locations that we will capture in the mornings and evenings. The brighter daytime hours are spent travelling to new destinations, sharing meals, reviewing images together and hanging out with like-minded people.

Hero Tours are tailored for experienced photographers who want to explore new locations. Simply jump aboard the Hero Van and discover amazing new landscapes with us every day.

While a Hero Tour does not offer structured lessons like our workshops, Rob and Dennis will still be around to share their vast knowledge, provide suggestions and help with your personal development as a photographer.


Auckland - Rotorua - Tongariro National Park (bad weather option Waitomo) - New Plymouth - Auckland, and various stops along the way.

Our six-day tour will take us from the volcanoes of the Central North Island to the lighthouses of Taranaki. Experience serene lakes and jetties, waterfalls, hostile high deserts and the beautiful seascapes of New Plymouth.

Note: All locations are pending weather conditions. The group will make location decisions on the fly.


Access to stunning photography destinations
One-on-one tuition by two landscape photography veterans
Five nights of shared accommodation in twin rooms or suites
Transportation ex Auckland
Small group size of up to eight fellow travelers
Your personal welcome package full of goodies
Our Hero Cheat-Sheet
Membership to a student-exclusive Facebook group, the Hero Hangout. Share your progress with others and get constructive feedback.
A head full of ideas


  • A camera with a viewfinder that allows manual control of settings (DSRL, Mirrorless)

  • At least one spare battery and charger

  • A memory card with a lot of space

  • A sturdy, full-height tripod

  • A basic set of filters (6-stop ND and/or 10-stop ND)

  • A wired or wireless remote

  • A torch (ideally a head-torch)

While we do not require a certain set of lenses, we recommend you bring a range of lenses that cover focal lengths from wide angle to moderate telephoto. Please feel free to contact Rob and Dennis for advice.

We suggest to bring a laptop along on the trip for off-loading of images, review, editing and photo critique.


Shared accommodation in twin or suite rooms. Weather permitting, we will be spending one night in a ski field hut. For the ski field hut, please bring:

  • Sleeping bag

  • Pillow cover

  • Towel

Please let us know in advance if you would prefer to upgrade to your own, private room at additional cost. We can not guarantee the availability of private rooms or sharing arrangements by gender.



A booking fee of $1000 is required to secure your space.


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