Come and Join us

at Glenfern Sanctuary on Great Barrier Island with renowned NATURE PHOTOGRAPHERS TAMZIN HENDERSON AND ANDY MaCDONALD for an unforgettable PHOTOGRAPHY experience.

Orama is excited to offer an intensive, week long nature photography workshop featuring renowned nature photographers, Tamzin Henderson and Andy MacDonald. The workshops cater for all levels of experience and will focus on the flora and fauna of Aotea Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand.

Aotea Great Barrier Island is home to unique bird-life and flora including Kereru, Kingfisher, Tui, Gannet, Pateke, Banded Rail, and Black Petrel.

The workshop includes; camera setup, composition and processing tips and techniques; boat expedition and landing on the Mahuki Island gannet colony to get up close and personal with the birds; plenty of time on the water for pelagic photography; one-on-one guidance and feedback from Tamzin and Andy alongside self-directed work and an unforgettable experience on our beautiful island. The program is also designed to give you a taste of Aotea's unique community and lifestyle, and will include a visit to Kawa Marae with a traditional Māori powhiri (welcome). During this visit kaumatua and kuia of Ngāti Rehua Ngāti Wai ki Aotea will share their story and their strong connection to nature and the land.

Come and see for yourself the natural beauty our island has to offer.

Places are limited to 12 participants, so you'll need to get in quick for registrations.
First in, first Served.


4th - 7th November 2019

Please note Itinerary maybe subject to change


8:30am - Arrive at Claris Airport

10:30am - Introductions & Morning Tea at Glenfern Sanctuary

11am - Walking tour of Glenfern Sanctuary

1pm - Lunch

2:30pm - Trip to Kawa Marae

5pm - Dinner

7:30pm - Tamzin and Andy Topic #1


8am - Breakfast

10am - Photography on location

1pm - Lunch

2pm - Photography on location

6pm - Dinner

7:30pm - Tamzin and Andy Topic #2


8am - Breakfast

9am - Pelagic photography from the boat

1pm - Lunch on Mahuki

2pm - Photography at Mahuki Island Gannet Colony

6pm - Dinner

7:30pm - Photo review with Tamzin and Andy



8am - Breakfast

10:30am - Photography on location at Tryphena

1pm - Lunch

1:30pm - Photography on location

5pm - Flights off island

What you'll Learn

How to take a great picture

Andy and Tamzin will cover the basics of photography including focus points, composition, lighting, and settings for different styles of photography (Landscape, wildlife, macro etc)

Nature photography techniques

Andy will cover settings and techniques required for successful macro photography, Tamzin will cover settings and techniques for wildlife photography and ethics of wildlife photography.

Editing and choosing composition for different purposes

Andy and Tamzin will cover the difference aspects of photography in relation to the goal, e.g Camera Clubs and competitions, social media, print or purely for pleasure.

In the field

In the field you will also learn how to identify different species of birds and plants, and will be provided with ID sheets at the end of the workshop.

The Details


4th - 7th November 2019


Glenfern Sanctuary, Great Barrier Island, New Zealand


From $1700
Prices depend on your choice of accommodation options. Please see more details on the Booking page.


Return Flights to and from Great Barrier Island departing Auckland

Shuttles and all on-Island transport

Accommodation & food at Glenfern for 5 Days

An unforgettable experience & nature workshop

Meet Tamzin and Andy

Tamzin Henderson

When you are the daughter of a father raised on a remote property in the Marlborough Sounds, who worked in Antarctica, rode his motorbike from LA to the Arctic Circle and is a brilliant entrepreneur, and a mother who has travelled more extensively than most people can image, took her 21 year old daughter to Bosnia for a lesson in privilege, & could spot more birds than an English twitcher in the remote rivers of Guyana, it was inevitable that adventure would be in my blood.

With the desire to capture these adventures, came photography. I have had the privilege of pursuing nature photography to some of the most remote places on earth, and into some rather challenging  positions, the Southern Ocean being one and staying on-board a working Hoki vessel in Cook Strait being another.

As I matured in life and photography it became evident that I should use this skill to benefit the wildlife I so
love photographing, this has lead to some fantastic opportunities within various conservation and industry
organisations in New Zealand.

You can view my photography here

Andy MacDonald

For me photography has always been a great excuse for an adventure. I started off capturing underwater images of my spearfishing adventures around New Zealand. As I used my camera more and more I realised my interest was in photography and video rather than just spearing fish. Being able to come home after a trip to a remote reef and show people the amazing fish, anemones and crustaceans I saw became  massively inspiring for me.

Branching out from underwater photography I brought a DSLR camera for "dry land" photography, and since then have never looked back!  Over the 12 years I've been taking photos I've photographed everything from weddings and fashion shoots to remote caves and the rarest frogs in the world. My work has appeared in magazines, books, newspapers and advertising campaigns throughout New Zealand and overseas.

“I’m always looking for new ways to capture an image and give people a fresh perspective on our world.”

When I'm not out taking photos I'm co-founder / Managing Director of Absolute Wilderness (we make the tastiest freeze dried meals in the world), planning adventures and trying to keep fit.

You can find me on Instagram as @nz.andy and Kiwiplaces on Facebook.

What you will Need

Minimum requirements for the workshop

1. a DLSR or mirrorless camera

2. a zoom lens - anywhere between 200 to 400mm

3. a torch/head torch preferably with a red light function

Optional equipment

4. laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop