Stewart Island/Rakiura - Expressive Retreat

From NZD NZ$4,395.00
  • Duration: 4 Days (approx.)
  • Product code: 4-SI

Join Richard Young & Edin Whitehead in a small group of only 6, for a landscape and wildlife photography retreat on Stewart Island. We have exclusive use of Stewart Island Lodge as a base where we will run review/critique sessions alongside capturing the stunning locations this area has to offer. Over the four days you will be entirely immersed in your photography. With Richard’s approach to landscape photography and Edin’s focus on wildlife you will have the opportunity to learn from both to capture some of the area's stunning coastal landscapes and rare wildlife. 

The Landscape 

Over the retreat, you will photograph many of the island's iconic bays, some only accessible by boat. We will be out of the coast for sunrise and sunset each day, to capture the vivid change of light as the sun slips over the horizon from stunning beaches. We will spend time exploring the coastline to photograph some of the beautiful rocks, sand patterns and abstracts, which offer some unique images with Richard’s creative guidance. We will also have the time to walk on the start of the Rakiura great walk to photograph the Island’s lush forest interior.

The Wildlife 

We will spend time exploring the coastline by boat on a pelagic bird tour, allowing us to photograph some of New Zealand’s rare marine bird species, such as albatross, mollymawks, and petrels. The island’s forests are also home to many bush species; some are the Stewart Island kiwi, Stewart Island weka, Stewart Island robin, yellowhead, rifleman, bellbird, and tomtit. A boat trip to predator-free Ulva Island offers a unique wildlife experience, as the island boasts many of these bird species in abundance. This trip includes an evening kiwi spotting trip to try and capture these rare birds. On these trips Edin’s expertise will guide you through how to capture these unique species. 


  • Boat trip to Ulva Island

  • Boat trip around Paterson Inlet

  • Kiwi spotting trip


  • Return flight to Stewart Island from Invercargill

  • 4 days of photography tuition by Richard Young & Edin Whitehead

  • 3 nights accommodation at Stewart Island Lodge - single room upgrade included

  • 3 breakfasts

  • Boat trip to Ulva Island

  • Kiwi spotting trip 

  • Boat trip around Paterson Inet

  • Invercargill pickup/dropoff 

  • Transport during the tour

  • DOC (National Park) concession fees

  • Donation to our Conservation Fund

  • Native tree planting to Carbon Offset your tour

Expressive Retreat - Our expressive retreats are designed for more experienced photographers so we can focus entirely on a deeper, more expressive understanding of photography. Please note that with our expressive retreats, the VIP past workshop discount is not valid for these workshops.