Lesley Whyte
+64 27 4747 347

Photography Tour to Photograph Abandoned Buildings & Vehicles

Women in Photography knows that photographers love to photograph abandoned buildings and vehicles – well, we have a treat for you as one of our awesome #photographybuddies has found an amazing, abandoned mill on 10 acres of private land and we are heading there!

Come join Lesley as we explore Endean’s Mill in Waimiha, which is about an hour’s drive inland, south of Te Kuiti.  These three days are suitable for beginners as Lesley will spend time working with you on your settings.  These photos taken by Ruth show you how amazing this place is!

Departing Countdown Greenlane in Auckland at 8.00am we head to Hamilton to pick up more #photographybuddies.  We stop for lunch in Te Kuiti then drop our bags off at Blackfern Lodge where we will be staying for two nights.  Head off to Endean’s Mill where we are met by Nickie our host who will explain the health & safety of this site and will show us around.  Not available to the public, Nickie has arranged for some of the old buildings to be opened for us to photograph inside – we will be staying here until golden hour to capture the sun setting across the property.

The following morning, we’re up early to walk to the waterfall at Blackfern Lodge looking to capture the sun rising across the waterfall plus a spot of long-exposure photography.  Ultimately also looking to photograph New Zealand’s native blue duck (Whio).   After breakfast, we spend the morning wandering around the grounds looking to capture images of native orchids, experiment with dappled light, plus head back to the waterfall to see native long fin eels and rainbow trout (we’ll take some food for them).    If you are a GoPro user, you’ll love this part.

We head back to Endean’s Mill for more photography, capturing images that we didn’t have time for yesterday plus this evening we may have the opportunity to illuminate the abandoned houses and trucks for a bit of light painting photography.

There will be Lightroom, and Photoshop sessions throughout so bring your laptop or tablet.  Not to worry if you don’t have Lightroom or Photoshop, we’re sure that you’ll enjoy the photo sharing sessions.

This three-day weekend is inclusive of:

  • Mini-bus return transfer ex Auckland with pick-up in Hamilton
  • Lunch & dinner day 1, breakfast lunch & dinner day 2, breakfast & lunch day 3
    • Continental breakfast provided by Blackfern Lodge.Bacon, eggs and porridge available to cook your own
    • Wholesome, two course dinners with wines and sparkling water
    • Packed lunch on day 2
    • Lunch enroute day 1 & 3
    • Tea, coffee and milo
    • Snacks during the day plus cheese board at night
  • Donation to the restoration of Endean’s Mill
  • Accommodation in rustic warm twin share room; rooms vary, some have private ensuite. Own room at additional $150 may be available depending upon final numbers
  • Lightroom and Photoshop workshops.

Maximum number of attendees is 12.

Limited numbers of own room available are available at additional cost of $200 for the two nights is payable upfront with deposit.

Activity is weather dependant and sequence of photographic opportunity may vary

All prices quoted are NZD – T&C’s available here

Clothing & equipment list available here


You can secure your place with a $500 deposit by clicking “REGISTER”, the balance payable 14 days prior to travel.

Want to know more about this retreat – contact either lesley@womeninphotography.co



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18 - 20 Mar 2022