New Zealand: Landscape Paradise in Autumn
Join us for a ten day journey through one of the most beautiful places on the planet, New Zealand’s South Island. There will be warm autumn colors against stunning glaciated mountains, seacoasts, lakes, alpine meadows, towering peaks, waterfalls, and more. The workshop will start in Queenstown, in the southwest corner of the South Island. This area is famous for its glorious display of fall colors, and is bordered by Fiordland National Park, a UN World Heritage area and home to the extraordinary natural wonder that is Milford Sound. The photographic journey will then move north to the rugged coastal region where dramatic coastline meets Mt Cook. Following several days in the Fox Glacier area, we’ll venture back South where we’ll spend a night in Wanaka and the Mackenzie Basin, a high-country landscape featuring glacial lakes, rivers, and the snow-capped peaks. We’ll then continue North East to the other side of Mount Cook National Park. Marc and Randy will be joined and assisted by NZ local pro photographer and guide, Neil Protheroe. You’ll enjoy the view from any seat in one of our three private Toyota Highlanders.
This is a photographic workshop, and you can expect to learn or reinforce techniques and skills in composition, the art of seeing, proper exposure in the landscape, shooting for natural HDR, panoramas, night photography, and more. We will be providing daily instruction both in the field and in the classroom. Expect to be up each morning before sunrise and out each evening after sunset. With a new moon during our workshop, you can expect to be out late at night, too! We’ll feature our extremely popular image reviews and Lightroom processing tips as much as possible during the workshop. This workshop is for any level of photographer, and non-photographing significant others are welcome! There are no strenuous hikes or climbs on this workshop, but you should be able to walk a mile comfortably, and carry your photography gear.
April 21 - May 1, 2017
Itinerary and General Information
Fly to Queenstown not later than April 21, 2017. To stave off jet lag and travel snafus, we suggest arriving a day or two early, and spending some time in Auckland or Queenstown or both. We will base in Queenstown out of the Mercure Queenstown Resort. From here, we will be well situated to get to the great landscape opportunities that are nearby. Airport transfers to hotel by shuttle or pick-up.
April 21, 2017: Arrival day. 4:30pm, meet and greet at Queenstown Mercure Resort followed by dinner.
April 22, 2017: We’ll start early to enjoy the sunrise at a vista overlooking the Remarkables mountain range. We’ll be visiting Lake Kirkpatrick and Moke Lake. Lunch and sunset location will be Queenstown Hill. Dinner will be at a location chosen specifically for our group by our local guide.
April 23, 2017: Sunrise will be near the town of Glenorchy where we'll also have breakfast and a group image review. We'll spend the afternoon alone the lake with a certain stop at Bennetts vista. Sunset location will be based on weather. Dinner at a location chosen specifically for our group by our local guide.
April 24, 2017: Sunrise shoot is scheduled at Coronet Peak followed by another morning shoot around Arrowtown. After breakfast and checkout, we’ll drive approximately four hours Norther to Fox Glacier region. Along the way there are numerous locations such as Thunder Creek Falls to photograph. We’ll plan on capturing sunset at Bruce Bay. Our accommodations for the next few nights will be at the Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier.
April 25, 2017: We’ll be up early again for sunrise at Lake Matheson followed by breakfast and an image review. After lunch we’ll be off in helicopters to heli-hike in a remote location with ice caves. Sunset will be at am incredible lagoon. Dinner and image review.
April 26, 2017: Another early morning to photograph sunrise at Lake Mapourika, followed by breakfast and more photography of waterfalls and scenic landscapes around Franz Josef Glacier. After lunch we’ll spend some time reviewing images and learning about post processing in Adobe Lightroom. Sunset will be at Gillespies Beach. Dinner at a great cafe chosen by our local guide
April 27, 2017: Following breakfast we’ll drive a few hours south to Wanaka where we will photograph Lake Paringa, Jacksons Bay and Haast Beach, in Mount Aspiring National Park. Our hotel for the night is Oakridge Resort.
April 28, 2017: Another early morning to take advantage of the great light at the famous Lone Tree, in Roy’s Bay at Lake Wanaka. Breakfast and checkout. We’ll be off to Aoraki-Mount Cook National Park which will be about a two hour drive, but there are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of great light on the landscape along the way. Sunset will be in one of several locations to be determined by the weather. Our accommodations for the rest of the trip will be at the Mackenzie Country Inn.
April 29, 2017: We have reserved helicopters for our 3 mornings in Twizel, of which, the morning with the best weather, we will fly up to a dramatic ridge adjacent to Mt Cook where we will be able to photograph the mountain in morning light. On the mornings we don't fly, sunrise shoot is planned to take advantage of the vista at Peter’s Lookout. We’ll also visit Tasman Glacier and Valley along with Hooker Valley. After lunch and image review we will photograph sunset at Hooker Lake.
April 30, 2017: Sunrise again, and we’ll decide on a great location along Lake Pukaki, followed by breakfast and more photography along Lake Tekapo, Alexandrina, McGregor and Mount John. We will have an early dinner at Lake Tekapo Village followed by night photography. This is known to have some of the darkest skies in the world.
May 1, 2017: Our final sunrise shoot will be followed by breakfast and checkout. We’ll then drive to Christchurch Airport via Burkes Pass. We plan on arriving in Christchurch by noon, so book your departing flights for no earlier than 3:00pm May 1st.
- Double occupancy lodging (Single available, just ask)
- All meals during the workshop
- All transportation within New Zealand
- Photographic guiding and instruction from three pros
- Image reviews, post-processing instruction
- Fun, inspiration and a great time!
What’s Not Included?
Transportation from your home to Queenstown and from Christchurch back to your home. Visa and passport fees. Travel Medical, trip and cancellation insurance (highly recommended!). Alcoholic beverages. Items of a personal nature. Anything not specifically mentioned in “what's included”, above.