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Alongside our professional photo guides, you’ll capture the astonishing views while developing your skills in the best possible environment. Our itinerary will take in the finest sights the scenic South Island can throw at us, and we’ll have plenty of time to focus on all the hidden gems we are bound to encounter as we go.
Beginning in Christchurch, we’ll head to the South Island’s unrivalled west coast. There we’ll enjoy the heady sights of the Aoraki National Park, eventually moving on to the wondrous photography haven of Fiordland, with much more in between!
In an epic photo adventure we will see the range of natural diversity that inspired Peter Jackson to film his Lord of the Rings trilogy here, from the peak of Mount Cook to the magical lakes of Tekapo, Wanaka and Pukaki.
Other highlights on this New Zealand photography tour include a scenic cruise along Milford Sound, a shoot at the eerie alien rock formations of Moeraki, before ending the trip in the world’s adventure capital, Queenstown.
Our first major stop will be at the shores of the mighty lake Tekapo to the west. We will spend a day and a night here, making the most of the gorgeous scenery and the spectacular fields of lupins that blossom at this time of year. These colourful plants contrast perfectly with the serene water and (hopefully) blue skies, so we will spend plenty of time with them as our focus.
On the southern tip of the lake is the Church of Good Shepherd, a charming old building that offers an ideal foreground for spectacular shots of the lake and the imposing mountains to the east. We might even shoot some lupins here, too. If the weather holds up, this spot is also great for night photography, and you can bet that we’ll do our best to capture the church, lake Tekapo and the surrounding landscape under the veil of a starry sky.
After a sunrise shoot overlooking the waters of lake Tekapo, we’ll check out of our accommodation in the morning and take short drive to the nearby lake Pukaki. Here we will capture one of the world’s most revered views, as we gaze across the blue waters of Pukaki with the ominous silhouette of Mount Cook dominating the horizon. We will photograph the scene in plenty of detail, focusing on the magnificent reflections of both the mountainous peaks and the sky in the calm water.
Our next base for the night will be in the Aoraki/Mt Cook village. The area is home to New Zealand’s tallest mountains, so there’s more than enough potential scenes to keep keen landscape photographers happy. As night falls, we’ll take a short trail to Tasman lake and capture the scene under the stars.
On day four of our New Zealand photography adventure, we’ll visit the shores of lake Pukaki once again for a sunrise shoot. We will aim to capture the first rays of the day as they illuminate the pointed peak of Mount Cook. After breakfast the group will set out on an optional hike to Hooker lake, which sits at the very foot of New Zealand’s tallest mountain. The trail is pretty easy going, and should take us around one and a half hours as to ascend. With any luck the lake will be dotted with serene icebergs, adding the perfect foreground to the mighty spectacle of Mount Cook on the horizon. After a day of incredible photography, we’ll return to our base after sunset.
Day six has another itinerary packed with photographic wonders in store. First up, the group will head to the location of our sunrise shoot, the famous Moeraki boulders. Here we will encounter the eerie rock formation set into the sand and washed over by the waves. The smooth, spherical rocks are thought to be the remnants of cliffs that have gradually been eroded by the waves, but now they sit like oversized pebbles and make for spectacular, almost sci-fi photography. Early morning, when we will be visiting, is a prime time to capture the boulders, when the soft sunlight illuminates the stone against the rolling tide. If the weather is more stormy, that will suit us too - the boulders look incredible in dark, moody light.
After our morning photo session we will take a short but scenic drive along the coast towards our next destination. The village of Kaka Point is close to the spot we are looking for: Nugget lighthouse. The white tower sits exposed at the edge of the headland, is offers the perfect setting for sunset and night shoots. With clear skies we can capture the milky way, while stormy weather creates a dramatic scene of raging waves and angry clouds.
The seventh day of this New Zealand photography adventure will begin with a sunrise session at Nugget Point lighthouse. After breakfast, we’ll check out of our accommodation begin the long drive west, across the South Island, towards arguably the country’s most breathtaking destination, Milford Sound.
In total we will be driving for around five hours, but we will have plenty of stops to shoot the dramatic scenery as we go.
Milford Sound, and the Fiordland National Park in general, are world renowned for their natural beauty - so it’s fair to say that a trip to the South Island wouldn’t be complete without at least a day spent here. To make the most of our time at Milford Sound, we will rise early to catch the sunrise on the shores of the fjord.
The many mountains surrounding the water, including the might Mitre peak, are often part or wholly covered in mist and cloud, giving us the opportunity to shoot images full of drama and mystery.
After what will no doubt be a brilliant morning session, we will take a scenic cruise across the water in the afternoon. Sunset, too, will be enjoyed at Milford Sound, as we try to grasp the area’s hidden secrets from as many angles as possible.
We strongly recommend you to get a Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking your trip.
If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:
Greater than 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 service fee.
75 days or more: 75% refund
60 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 60 days: no refund
Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic government medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.
The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, visits to ice caves are dependent on favorable conditions, and indeed the ice caves themselves are not permanent. When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear on a given day.