Photo Tour

We start our day tour with a visit to one of the last remnants of native bush in Golden Bay where we admire impressive limestone rocks and centuries old rata trees. A hidden gem perfectly suitable as film location for the ‘Lord of the Rings’ or ‘Hobbit’ movie !

At Takaka Airport our pilot will pick you up for an exciting scenic flight (15min) over our beautiful coastline. Airplane fanatics can extend their journey to an ‘All around the Bay’ unforgettable flight to the wild West Coast beaches and the Farewell Spit Nature Reserve. A trip known as one of the best scenic flights in New Zealand !

Once feet back on the ground, we visit a desolated beach where we can feel the sand between our toes and enjoy the sounds of silence… A place to collect remarkable shells and observe the wading birds collecting their first catch of the day. But don’t forget to keep an eye on the surf as seals, dolphins and even pilot whales enjoy the tranquillity of the Bay and like to surprise you with an unexpected visit !

After lunch, we travel to the west coast of Golden Bay, a place world famous for its whale strandings and unsurpassed scenery. Different photo stops will allow you observing the special bird kingdom on our way to Farewell Spit. (swans, knots, godwits, spoonbills, herons, oystercatchers,…)

The Reserve is a bird sanctuary of international importance and a dream place for nature photographers and wildlife lovers. The winds and the tides continuously transform the dunes in a wonderfully world of ever changing sand patterns, unique in the world.

Seal puppies play in the surf and enjoy the warmth of the last sunrays. The coastline is now transformed in a magic place that no camera or human eye can resist! However… hungry feelings could focus our attention more and more to the local ‘bush café’ where we sniff the special atmosphere and taste local delicacies. The perfect finish of an unforgettable Golden Bay Experience !

As this Photo Tour is an exclusive guided tour for our Lodge guests, we can easily adjust it according to the actual weather conditions and your personal interests.

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  • Exclusive tour for Lodge guests only
  • Luxury transport
  • Private tour guide
  • Professional photo tips
  • Rata trees & limestone reserve
  • Special photo & birdwatching locations
  • World famous nature attractions
  • A wide range of walking options
  • Farewell Spit Bird Sanctuary
  • Prestine coastal areas
  • Whale stranding history
  • World famous Wharariki Beach
  • Visit to iconic cafe
  • Afternoon tea & coffee
  • Binoculars, bird guides
  • Exiting scenic flight (15min)
  • Max. 4 guests per tour

Info & Price:

  • Duration: Full day
  • Season: 1/10-31/5
  • Price: $239 per person

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