The Art Of Night

With Mark Gee
March 30th – April 3rd 2022
Orama Oasis, Great Barrier Island

Come and Join us

at Orama on Great Barrier Island with internationally renowned astrophotographer Mark Gee for an unforgettable Astro photography experience.

After a couple years of Covid interruptions, we are excited to offer again for the third time, a week long event featuring renowned astrophotographer, Mark Gee. This workshop will include; Astrophotography setup, learning the art of time lapse, one-on-one guidance and feedback from Mark alongside self directed work and an unforgettable experience on our Beautiful island. The program is also designed to capture the essence of Aotea’s community and lifestyle, and will include a Marae visit with a traditional Māori powhiri (welcome). During this visit kaumatua and kuia of Ngāti Rehua Ngāti Wai ki Aotea will share the story of Matariki and explain the significance for Māori.

In 2017 Aotea (Great Barrier Island) was recognised as a Dark Sky Sanctuary by the International Dark Sky Association. The honour of obtaining “sanctuary status” recognises the outstanding night sky environment of the Island as well as the commitment of the Island community to preserve and protect the quality of the Aotea night environment. Great Barrier Island is the only Island in the world to be awarded this status.

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

Places are limited to 10 participants, so you’ll need to get in quick for registrations.
First in, first Served.

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The Details...


Wednesday 30th March – Sunday 3rd April 2022


300 Karaka Bay Road
Orama, Great Barrier Island


From $1650
Prices depend on your choice of accomodation options. Please see more details on the Booking page.

What's Included

Return Flights to and from Great Barrier Island Departing Auckland

Shuttles and all on Island Transport

Accomodation & Food at Orama Oasis for 5 Days

An unforgettable experience & astrophotography workshop

What You'll Learn

Getting Started

Mark will take you through the general techniques required to photograph the night sky – this will cover such topics as equipment required, camera settings, calculating the correct exposure, focusing at night

Planning your Shoot

Location scouting, composition and planning, making the most out of the Milky Way season.

Astro Panorama

A practical guide to shooting a multiple image astro panorama and stitching the image together.

Astro Time-Lapse

A practical guide to shooting an astro timelapse, processing and outputting a video.

Post Processing

Sit with Mark as he runs you through techniques and workflows for processing your astro photos in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

What You'll Need...

Minimum requirements for the workshop:

1. A DLSR or mirrorless camera.
2. A wide angle lens – anywhere between 14mm and 24mm is ideal.
3. A tripod
4. A knowledge of how to operate your camera manually.
This includes setting the shutter speed, aperture, ISO and white balance and shooting in RAW.
5. A torch/head torch preferably with a red light function.

Additional equipment, although not necessary:

1. Laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop.
2. Intervalometer for shooting timelapses (some cameras have built in intervalometers)


March 30th – April 3rd 2022
Please note Itinerary maybe subject to change


830am – Arrive at Claris Airport

1030am – Introductions & Morning Tea at Orama

11am – Mark Gee Topic #1

1pm – Lunch

230pm – Trip to Kawa Marae

5pm – Dinner

730pm – Mark Gee Topic #2


9am – Breakfast

1030am – Photo review with Mark / Topic #4 / Morning Tea

1pm – Lunch

130 – Free Time

6pm – Dinner

8pm – Travel to Whangapoua for stars


9am – Breakfast

1030am – Photo Review / Topic #4 Astro Time Lapse / Morning Tea

1pm – Lunch

130pm – Free Time

6pm – Dinner



2am –  Drive / Sail to Photography destination

6am – Cooked Breakfast back at Orama

8am – Free Time

1pm – Lunch

130pm – Free Time

630pm – Dinner at Carrach Pub in Tryphena

830pm – Stars at Medlands beach

1130pm – return to Orama


9am – Breakfast

1030am – Final Workshop / Photo Review / Morning Tea

130pm – Flights back to Auckland

Meet Mark

"I shot this image of the Milky Way setting literally 5 steps from my accomodation at Orama Oasis on Great Barrier Island in New Zealand. It's so dark there, especially when the generators stop going around 10.30pm each night. The red glow you can see is airglow, and the bright star in the middle of frame is actually the planet Jupiter." - Mark Gee

Mark Gee is an award winning photographer, time-lapse filmmaker & visual effects supervisor based in Wellington, New Zealand. He has worked on many high profile and Oscar award winning feature films, and his love of the New Zealand landscape is a big part of the inspiration for his photography. Wholly self taught, Mark’s style of photography is influenced by his many years of experience in the feature film business, & with an eye for detail he strives to produce creative images of exceptional quality, no matter what the subject. While his images can portray a wide variety of subjects, astrophotography is Mark’s specialty. He often ventures out to the darkest, most remote skies all around New Zealand and the rest of the world, enjoying the challenge of capturing striking landscapes with the ethereal beauty of the night sky in new, creative ways. This has led to international success with Mark being shortlisted in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year every year from 2012 onwards, a finalist in the 2012 World Open of Photography, and 4th place in the 2014 International Earth and Sky Photo Competition, as well as having images published in various books and magazines. Mark’s short film, ‘Full Moon Silhouettes‘ also gained him international acclaim after going viral online, and has been broadcast all over the world by the likes of CNN, The BBC, NASA and various other mainstream media. In 2013, Mark won the prestigious Astronomy Photographer of the Year. Not only did he win it overall, but Mark also won the Earth and Space category, and the People and Space category which had never been done before in the competition’s history. Since then, Mark has gone onto to sharing his passion and knowledge through workshops and on the public speaking circuit. One of the highlights of that was his well received TEDx talk in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2014.


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