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Kathmandu Hike Club: Adventure Photography w/ Rachel Stewart


Kathmandu and We Are Explorers have teamed up to create 11 unique wilderness escapes across Australia and New Zealand with one in Ruapehu on the 9th March.

The Hike Club series works with local experts in adventure photography, hiking, navigation and kayaking. These one to two days events are designed to introduce skills and experiences to those both new to the outdoor pursuits, as well as current adventurers.

For those in the North Island, we’re bringing you a jam-packed weekend of Adventure Photography. If you’re looking to up your photography skills in one of the oldest national parks in New Zealand – book this trip!

This overnight trip will explore the world famous Tongariro National Park in the central North Island. The National Park has World Heritage status for its natural and cultural values, it’s world famous for hiking and photography. You’ll be transported to photographic wonders such as emerald lakes, native bush and waterfalls. One of the highlights of this trip will no doubt be the Tongariro Alpine Crossing amongst the volcanos. You will also be staying overnight at Alpine Chalets, located in the National Park, so no need to carry tents or cooking equipment!

The small group will be taught the basics of adventure and outdoor photography, from the award-winning photographer and influencer Rachel Stewart. Rachel is an expert in outdoor photography, specifically long exposures and mountains. She is also an official ambassador for Nisi Filters and Canon in New Zealand. Topics covered will include correctly exposing an image, composition, light, using a camera in manual mode and ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed.

The first 5 people to sign up will receive a free pair of any Oboz shoes from the kathmandu range, subject to availability.

Note: If required, please book accommodation for the Friday night as we will be starting early Saturday at Alpine Chalets or camping grounds in Tongariro National Park. Participants should also have a basic understanding of how to use their cameras in Manual Mode & a reasonable level of fitness to walk for 8 hours a day carrying camera gear.

Check out the event and get your tickets HERE


ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed, and how they all work together

Using the camera in manual mode

Correctly exposing an image (dynamic range, understanding light and creating balance)

How to compose a shot (including main focal point, framing, foreground, scale and depth of field)

Working in low light, Astro and night time photography (only if you bring a tripod)

Includes: Guided hike, national park fee, first aid, small group photography tuition, overnight accommodation on Saturday with beds, running water, heating and camping stoves.

Excludes: Transport to Tongariro National Park, Friday night's accommodation, food, camera equipment.


Friday Night

Arrive at National Park Village, check in to Alpine Chalets or camping spots (optional at extra cost must book asap camping grounds)

Saturday Hike

Tongariro Alpine Crossing walking among the volcano's. On a good weather day the views of the valleys below are magnificent as are the emerald lakes and the blue lake.

Saturday Night

Staying at Alpine Chalets


7am Tama Lakes hike

4pm Pick up and taken back to Alpine Chalets 

Gear list:  
Head Torch
Sleeping bag
Outdoor clothing including
Hiking boots and socks
3 warm tops (at last 2 fleece)
Walking pants/ thermal pants/waterproof pants
Warm hat/ gloves / sunglasses
First aid

Food and Equipment:
• Lunches, dinner, breakfast and snacks
• Sunscreen
• Sunglasses
• Insect repellent
• Personal medications
• Toiletries

Recommended camera gear list:
• DSLR, mirrorless camera or equivalent
• Lightweight tripod (not mandatory .. only if you want to carry it with them)
• Remote timer/cellphone with timer app (if wanting selfies/scale etc)
• ND Filters if you have any
• Memory cards

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