Learn the basics of Astrophotography, take full manual control of your camera, and make beautiful images of our night sky.

Taught by Mark Russell, a New Zealand photographer, who has been taking photos of the Milky Way and the dark sky for over a decade.  Mark has worked closely with Aotea (Great Barrier Island) and the island of Nuie, assisting photographically in their successful applications to become Dark Sky Sanctuaries.

Mark makes the class welcoming and guarantees you will leave with the skills to take pictures of our night sky.  Breaking down the techniques used, Mark will focus on your camera settings (shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance) along with lens selection, composition and also editing images through to publication.

Theory will be hands-on (bring a camera and a tripod if you have one), with spares available for those without.  Following the practical theory section, we will step outside and use the techniques just learned to take images of the night sky.  The course runs in all weathers, with a backup shooting scenario planned if there is rain.

Getting there:

Carrington Estate is situated on the magical Karikari Peninsula in the Far North, approximately a 75minute drive from the Bay of Islands. This stunning location is rich in both beauty and history and has minimal light pollution, making it one of the premium places in the country to stargaze.

Cost includes the 3hr workshop and a delicious supper platter with tea and coffee. Numbers are strictly limited and will sell out!


Luxury overnight accommodation is available onsite from $269pp or $149.50 twin share in a Lodge Room or $600 for up to 4 people in a Sea & Golf Villa. This is an amazing chance to stay in this unique location and get up early to see Puanga and Matariki rising. Contact the venue directly to discuss options.



Friday 17th June

Carrington Estate

109 Matai Bay Road, Karikari Peninsula


Workshop only option :

Please contact the venue directly to discuss and book  accommodation options