Following the popularity of our recent photography retreat weekends, we are pleased to offer a unique opportunity for keen photographers to develop new skills in the heart of our pristine natural environment.

If you are a photographer with a love of the outdoors and a taste for the comforts of 5-star luxury accommodation and fine cuisine, our Natural Environment Photography Retreat could be the perfect weekend for you.

Hosted by award winning professional photographer, Simon Woolf, the Photography Retreat is suitable for both experienced and novice photographers.

We are fortunate this year to partner with Dolphin Watch Nature Tours who will provide great opportunities to photograph a wide variety of seabirds, seals and dolphins when they are in the area.

Another major feature is a guided expedition via historic Ship Cove to Motuara Island, an uninhabited, predator-free reserve in the outer Queen Charlotte Sound where you will see rare and endangered native birds and wildlife.

Between photography assignments you can enjoy our acclaimed cuisine and relax in your luxury apartment, looking out on stunning views across the bay. A spa treatment for partners in our exclusive Miritu Spa plus a bottle of Tattinger Champagne is included in the weekend package.

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About Simon Woolf

Simon is a Principal of leading Wellington image company, Photography by Woolf. He lectures widely and has achieved numerous awards and accolades throughout his career. Simon is a Fellow of The Photographic Society of New Zealand and holds Masters Qualifications in New Zealand and internationally.

He is an Associate of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, SWPP, and BPPA; holds an Accolade of Photographic Mastery – Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, was a James White Scholarship recipient in 2004 and in 1990 was awarded a Medal for Services to the Community. Simon is a passionate photographer and skilled tutor.

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Friday 12 - 14 September 2014
  • Share twin room in a single room apartment $1,145 per person
  • Share twin room in two room apartment $1,090 per person
  • Single in single room apartment $1,480
  • Single room (with own en suite) in twin room apartment $1,300

Pricing only applies when booking directly with the Bay of Many Coves. Excludes alcohol unless complimentary as specified.

What people are saying

Simon Woolf is an amazing photographer. I realised that you can have raw talent, but must always be striving to learn more and get better so that raw talent becomes polished.

... an amazing, beautiful place to stay. The staff bent over backwards to make our stay memorable, they were so friendly you almost felt like family. The food was incredible – words can't describe the experience. The people I shared this journey with were amazing too.

It motivated me to keep pushing myself and to keep learning. So was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY worth every cent, I loved every moment.

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