Nature Photography Tour

What to expect:

  • Over three hours you’ll learn from an expert nature photographer who will guide you through Ngā Manu’s extensive forest and introduce you to the Kāpiti Coast’s flora and fauna.
  • The small group is to ensure an optimal learning environment and allows you to connect and have fun with like-minded peers and see the best of Ngā Manu’s Nature Reserve.
  • Ideal for all levels, from beginners to masterclass photographers.
  • Tours are able to go anywhere around the Reserve under the guidance of your photography instructor. No two tours are the same.

Your guide:

Gareth Davies aka Red Beanie (

Gareth Davies is a professional photographer and photography teacher, with over thirty years’ photography experience working in various parts of the world. He has a passion for nature and conservation, and is always looking for ways to connect closer to and understand nature through his photography.

What to bring:

  • Camera or phone (we can work with any type). A DSLR and lens is available, if there is interest – please advise when booking.
  • Walking shoes
  • Rain and cold: Warm clothing layers, waterproof jacket.
  • Sun: Sun hat, sun screen
  • Water bottle

Tours:  Saturdays and Sundays by arrangement only. Ideally 8.30am as a start time.
  3 hour guided tour through the native forest, reptile enclosures and bird aviaries
Capacity:  2 people per tour
Recommended age:  12 years+ (anyone under 17 to be accompanied by an adult. Reserve entry applies unless participating in tour)
Price:  Adult – $99; Child (ages 12-17) – $59; Friend of Nga Manu Adult – $79; Friend of Nga Manu Child – $39

Making a booking:

  • Email to request a booking day and time
  • Call 04 293 4131 to speak with one of our friendly team