Photography enthusiasts


Are you interested in photography? Either as a casual snapper, or as a more seasoned enthusiast?

If so, you may be interested in our new venture. We are currently hosting weekends specifically aimed at photographers. We will be offering informal tour packages that will take in photographic highlights in and around Rotorua. Using our pre-programmed Satnav, you will spend the day sightseeing, with a packed lunch provided by us. At the end of your day, come back to the Lodge and relax with some afternoon tea.

We will then provide you with the opportunity to edit and process your photos through the latest versions of Lightroom & Photoshop CC on a 27 inch high resolution AppleMac. We'll give you basic instruction if you wish, together with some hints on how to make the most out of your photography. Following this, dinner will be served, with wine, and you may chat about photography all evening if you like!

Please note, these will not be formal, professional teaching courses. More, an opportunity to have some fun, explore your photography in more depth and share your thoughts and philosophies with like-minded people.

No photographic skills or knowledge are needed. We will talk to you at the time of your booking and tailor the package to meet your requirements.

Booking details

To enquire or to obtain more details about our packages, please contact us through the booking form below.
The cost of a two night stay with breakfast, including a photographic itinerary, a complimentary packed lunch (optional), a three course dinner for two with wine (on your second evening), together with basic guidance in processing your photos, is:

$995 for a couple sharing. (Minimum two night stay for two adults. Maximum four people).


Your booking can be secured with a 20% deposit. Our usual cancellation conditions apply.

Enquire below!

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Mandy
Mandy - Bowentown

'Highly recommend a weekend at the lodge, Andrew's enthusiasm and knowledge of lightroom and photoshop has been a huge help to me'
Ian Harris

Available dates

2017 dates

From the 1st of Jan 2017 every weekend will be open to anyone wishing to take advantage of our photography package. And of course our regular guests are always welcome too!

Dinner at the Lodge

Dinner at Astelia Lodge
The price includes a three course evening meal for two, including your complimentary bottle of New Zealand wine, together with pre dinner bubbles. We will ask you to make your choice from the menu on the Food page near the time of your stay, when we will also advise you of a choice of dessert. Please note, menus may change according to the season and availability. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

A brief bio...

Andrew has a background in Corporate, Illustrative and Travel photography from his days as a freelance photographer in Wales some years ago. He has also contributed to UK image libraries over the years.

He now works in Medical Imaging and has recently been instrumental in producing the 2015 corporate calendar photos for The Radiology Group here in New Zealand, blending colour with x-ray images of familiar items in unusual settings.

Moving from the traditional darkroom to software based image manipulation has been a revelation, and Andrew is excited about sharing his skills and enthusiasm with other photographers!
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