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Astro & Sunrise

  • 698 Te Arai Point Rd Te Arai, Auckland, 0975 New Zealand (map)

Let's get in early for a night shoot - this time we're heading up North to an awesome location, a little tucked away, not often photographed but with stunning features for our Milky way shoot.  Try your hand at some star trails as well if you'd like, and we'll wait on for morning to shoot the sunrise.  We have a GUEST HOST for this workshop - Steve Clifton from Steve Clifton Photography.  Check out his astro work at

milky way

A new location for this shoot with some nice foreground interest.  We'll meet up by 3.30am and will have a good two to three hours to shoot the Milky Way and star trails in complete darkness.  The sun rises here off to the left of the mounds which will make an interesting foreground.  It'll be low tide while we're shooting the Milky Way, so we'll be able to get down on the beach and in amongst the rocks.  The beach here is beautiful, very clean with soft white sand and no nasty-wave surprises.  The last bit of  the drive in from Highway 1 however is 7kms on gravel, but it is well-graded and it is a flat easy drive. This is the Auckland Anniversary weekend, so I suggest if you have time you make the most of it and come up for the day, maybe stay at Warkworth, or like me, sleep in the car :)  i'll be there to shoot sunset too and to have a day at the beach!


For those new to astrophotography, Steve will provide some introduction and some tips and advice on setting up your camera and how to process your images once home.  If you have any photography apps on your phone you can run any questions you have by him.

There's a carpark right at the location.  Let's meet there at 3.30am.

Gear: a wide, fast lens for preference, a tripod, some ND filters for the sunrise, a headlamp and maybe a jacket.

Please stay in touch on Facebook @susanblickphoto in case we need to cancel.  If so, you will be refunded or we will run it the following night.  Remember this is a long weekend!

Pakiri - Image courtesy of Steve Clifton

Pakiri - Image courtesy of Steve Clifton

Earlier Event: January 14
Piha Sunsets