is a wildlife and landscape photographer, experienced nature guide, and dedicated conservationist. He grew up in New Zealand’s South Island surrounded by wilderness. It is here that he developed his passion for nature photography and the environment. After fifteen years of photographing wildlife and managing lodges in Africa, Dean decided it was time to return to his roots in New Zealand and share the beauty of his country with others, now as director and owner of Wildlight Safaris.
is an internationally recognized travel and wildlife photographer. As a Nikon & HP Ambassador, Chris travels across the globe from his base in New Zealand in pursuit of beautiful imagery. With a career that spans two decades, Chris has an incredible wealth of knowledge. It is his willingness to share this knowledge and experience with others that make Chris an inspirational mentor. Chris has always had a strong desire to show other photographers around New Zealand’s South Island, a place where he grew up and cut his teeth in photography. The 14 day South Island Photo Tour is his long-time dream fulfilled.
is head of guiding and logistics at Wildlight NZ. When he is not busy planning the next adventure, there is nowhere John would rather be than in the great outdoors of New Zealand. Whether it is sitting on the side of a clear running stream, sipping a freshly brewed cup of tea, or walking a high country ridgeline, John is in his element. He is always keen to share his incredible knowledge of the New Zealand wilderness with others, usually imparted with humour and a big grin.
has a background in commercial film and stills photography, working on commercial productions in Sydney for many years. She changed paths and moved to Africa to manage Eco Safari Lodges in Botswana. Patricia has since returned to New Zealand and combined her love for travel with her production background. She now works behind the scenes as co-director and reservations manager at Wildlight NZ, keeping all of our adventures organised and trouble-free.
is a qualified social worker who landed on our doorstep, and we won’t let her leave. With her experience in photography, design, business administration, and writing, she develops our marketing materials, designs our newsletters, and assists with our web development. Anna is a keen traveler, having visited over 40 countries, and uses this passion as the driving force for all of her work here at Wildlight.
We at Wildlight Safaris are committed to protecting your safety and well-being. We have been safety audit certified by OutdoorsMark, and we receive regular audits to ensure best practices and continuous improvement in our health and safety operations. We have also obtained the required concession permits from the Department of Conservation in order to operated guided commercial activities on public conservation land.