The NZIPP Canterbury/Westland Castle Hill Retreat returns and all members are welcome!
This event is not structured like a normal conference with speakers & schedules on a rigid timetable. There will be a number of sessions each day, along with time to chillax & have time to yourself. Ultimately we want attendees to use the weekend as an opportunity to learn & share, try some new things and socialising of course. We have Gen and Duncan from Canon and Craig from Fujifilm coming along with some awesome gear too.
Attendees can share tips/tricks together whether that is light painting, creating timelapse, astrophotography, on location portrait lighting etc, so many options, it all depends on which awesome people decide to come! Some trade suppliers plan to attend & will be bringing gear to experiment with & assist with the learning & fun.
Ultimately the weather will have an impact on our schedule. September is a stable weather time of year, snow on the ground is unlikely & the skies will hopefully be clear. We hope to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Close to the lodge are rock formations, beech forest, rivers, caves, mountains & stars galore! Trust us, you will not run out visual stimulation.
The full “48 Hours of Awesome” starts on the afternoon of Friday 29th September until Sunday 1st October 2017. Registration includes accommodation & all essential meals (breakfasts, lunches & dinners) crafted by a talented kitchen crew. The weekend is not a piss up, however as it’s dark early BYO alcohol may help see the evenings out. Your only additional costs is travel to the site & drinks of your choosing.
We’ve added a Saturday Daytripper option for those who’d love to participate but have other commitments on the Friday/Sunday or don’t fancy the idea of bunking down with others. Daytrippers get lunch & dinner as well as participation all the Saturday activities. The only string attached is that you can’t overnight at the lodge (all the beds will be spoken for). If you are considering camping nearby or sleeping on a vehicle, just be aware that the temperature overnight may be below freezing!
The lodge is set up with four rooms of ten bunks each so we will have female rooms & male rooms allocated just like back in school! Space is limited to an absolute maximum of 42 people as that’s the total number of beds & we don’t want any top & tailing going on. If you don’t think you can sleep without cuddling your partner we suggest you bring a big teddy bear. You will need to bring your own sleeping bags (a more specific gear list will be sent to the awesome people that register)
The lodge itself is very modern & tidy. It’s off the grid & mobile phone coverage is patchy. Limited power is supplied via solar & generator. Heating is from a log burner & there is hot water for showers. If you are a total tech-head & can’t bear the idea of being off the grid, trust us when we say this weekend will help cure your disorder.
Partners & kids are welcome, for kids we suggest that it is more suitable for 10-16 year olds than the younger ones. If you have any questions please just ask. There will be a specific programme of activities to keep kids entertained & busy. You won’t have to be babysitting them all weekend.
Plan to arrive at Castle Hill no later than 7 pm if you want dinner (sunset is 7:38 pm), the last 1km is a gravel road through bush & there aren’t any street lights. The final 200m has a steep gradient, it is not suitable for front wheel drive vehicles. If you do not have a 4WD or RWD please make sure you contact us to arrange car pooling a ride from the carpark (or be prepared to walk the last 200m up the hill).
Get ready for a kick-arse weekend! Any questions have a chat to Craig Bullock or Richard Linton.