RETREAT OVERVIEW

Join Cam & Tim on this incredible photo retreat photographing the human form in one of New Zealand’s most dramatic coastlines with three world class art models. 

Our main location will give us exclusive access to a private peninsula with secluded beaches, incredible rock formations and Nikau Palm forests where our main focus will be photographing Nudescapes. We will also mix things up with Fashion Nudes and general Landscapes photography to give you a broad range of amazing imagery to take home with you.  

Weather and time permitting, we also hope to visit the incredible Wharariki Beach which is located only an hour from Westhaven. Here we will be able to photograph amongst endless sand dunes with incredible sea stacks and arches in the background while also observing the local seals frolicking in the rock pools.  

Location: Golden Bay, Nelson, New Zealand
Dates: April 28 – May 2, 2020
Style: Figure In The Landscape & Fashion Nude
Participants: Maximum of Six

Models:  Angharada – @angharada.model
                  Riley Jade – @riley_jade_model
                  Lucy Art Model – @lucy.artmodel

Price: Luxury Room -$4950 | Luxury Suite -$5450
Deposit: $2000

Partners wishing to attend the retreat as a photographer in a twin-share situation can do so at a discounted rate. Please contact us for details. 
Non-shooting  partners are welcome for an additional $400 per night.

BASIC ITINERARY

Day One (April 28) – Meet in Nelson at 7pm for a welcome dinner  and overnight stay at The Hotel Nelson.

Day Two (April 29) – Depart Nelson at 8.30am for the drive through Golden Bay towards the Farewell Spit, stopping along the way for some photo opportunities before arriving at Westhaven Retreat in time for a late afternoon shooting session. 

Day Three & Four (April 30-May 1) – Morning and afternoon shoot sessions at various locations around Westhaven and other local areas such as the iconic Wharariki Beach (weather depending). Image Review and Post Processing sessions during downtime. 

Day 5 (May 2) – Another early morning shoot with the models before making our way back to Nelson and saying our sad goodbyes. 

OUR LOCATION

WHANGANUI INLET

Our main destination is located at the far end of the Whanganui Inlet, lying south of Farewell spit, between Golden Bay and the South Island’s West Coast.

A luxury retreat set on 1000 acres of natural wilderness on a private peninsula, Westhaven Retreat is bordered by marine and wildlife reserves as well as the Kahurangi National Park, the property has a range of walking tracks through the Nikau Palm Groves, stunning rock formations and  to private beaches. 

WESTHAVEN RETREAT LODGE

Westhaven is a hideaway dream we know you are going to fall in love with. From the remote, peaceful location, sumptuous food and accommodation in luxury rooms and suites, this will be an adventure to remember.

  • Full catered Cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 
  • Indoor pool, spa and sauna at your disposal.
  • Library, lounge and function areas.  

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 4 Nights Accommodation (1 Night in Nelson, 3 Nights at Westhaven)
  • Welcome Dinner and All Meals at Westhaven Retreat
  • Transfers From Nelson to Westhaven and Return
  • All Instruction During Shooting Sessions and Post Processing Times
  • Three Professional Models
  • Location Lighting Equipment

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to and From Nelson
  • Lunch on Day 2 and Day 5
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcohol

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

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LUXURY SUITE WITH SPA BATH

There is one Luxury Suite available on a first come first serve basis.

Featuring a large spa bath with panoramic views, a generous sized bathroom with double granite vanities, large mirrors, makeup table and a hydro-jet shower. 

This extra bit of luxury will only add an additional $500 over the Luxury Room.  

Deposit Due upon booking. Balance of Payment Due on March 8, 2020. 

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LUXURY ROOM

There are five Luxury Rooms available for this retreat which all with panoramic views over the Westhaven Bay and Kahurangi National Park.    

Each room has it’s own private terrace, comfortable king sized bed, stylish sitting area and walk-in robe. All of the en-suite bathrooms feature granite topped vanities and a hydro-jet shower. 

* ONLY TWO LEFT
Deposit Due upon booking. Balance of Payment Due on March 8, 2020. 

CAMERA GEAR REQUIREMENTS

You will be required to bring your own camera(s), lenses and a tripod. If we get a clear evening during our stay at Westhaven, we might fit in an Astro Photography session for anyone that is interested. 

  • A modern digital camera.  APS-C, full frame or medium format with full manual control.
  • Zoom or Prime Lenses to cover wide angle through to a medium telephoto. Full Frame equivalent focal lengths of 24 or 28mm up to 200mm for example. 
  • A solid but lightweight tripod for general long exposures and night photography.
  • Neutral Density and Polarising Filters are handy but not essential. 

Wharariki Beach 2016 Featuring Darby Breckderry, Sylph Sia & Romi Muse