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Natural Environmental Photography September 2017

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Following the popularity of our recent photography retreat weekends, we are pleased to offer a unique opportunity for keen photographers to develop new skills in the heart of our pristine natural environment.

If you are a photographer with a love of the outdoors and a taste for the comforts of 5-star luxury accommodation and fine cuisine, our Natural Environment Photography Retreat could be the perfect weekend for you.

Hosted by award winning professional photographer, Simon Woolf, the Photography Retreat is suitable for both experienced and novice photographers.

We are fortunate this year to partner with Cougar Line, the outstanding Marlborough Sounds water taxi service, who will provide one of their experienced skippers with their top boat, that will give us an excellent platform from which to photograph a wide variety of seabirds, seals and dolphins in the area.

Another major feature is a guided expedition via historic Ship Cove to Motuara Island, an uninhabited, predator-free reserve in the outer Queen Charlotte Sound where you will see rare and endangered native birds and wildlife.

Between photography assignments you can enjoy our acclaimed cuisine and relax in your luxury apartment, looking out on stunning views across the bay.

article simon woolfAbout Simon Woolf

Simon is a Principal of leading Wellington image company, Photography by Woolf. He lectures widely and has achieved numerous awards and accolades throughout his career. Simon is a Fellow of The Photographic Society of New Zealand and holds Masters Qualifications in New Zealand and internationally.

He is an Associate of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, SWPP, and BPPA; holds an Accolade of Photographic Mastery – Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, was a James White Scholarship recipient in 2004 and in 1990 was awarded a Medal for Services to the Community. Simon is a passionate photographer and skilled tutor.

Book now
for Natural Environmental Photography September 2017

Friday 15th - Sunday 17th September 2017

Rates per person on a double or twin share basis including full breakfast as well as daily fine-dining dinner in our award winning restaurant "The Foredeck."

  • Luxury One Bedroom Apartment (double or twin share) $1,145 per person
  • Luxury One Bedroom Apartment (single occupancy) $1480 per person
  • Luxury Two Bedroom Apartment (double or twin share with 4 guests) $1,090 per person
  • Luxury Two Bedroom Apartment (twin share with 2 guests) $1300 per person


Solo guests on the retreat are welcome to share on a twin share basis subject to availability.

Luxury One Bedroom Apartments offer a separate bedroom and living area with one en-suite bathroom.

Luxury Two Bedroom Apartments offer two separate bedrooms each with their own en-suite, and a shared living area.

Pricing only applies when booking directly with the Bay of Many Coves. Excludes alcohol unless complimentary as specified.

What people are saying


icon quote open2  Simon Woolf is an amazing photographer. I realised that you can have raw talent, but must always be striving to learn more and get better so that raw talent becomes polished.

... an amazing, beautiful place to stay. The staff bent over backwards to make our stay memorable, they were so friendly you almost felt like family. The food was incredible – words can't describe the experience. The people I shared this journey with were amazing too.

It motivated me to keep pushing myself and to keep learning. So was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY worth every cent, I loved every moment. icon quote close2