New Zealand: Landscape Paradise in Autumn

Join us on our ten day photographic journey through one of the most beautiful places on the planet, New Zealand's South Island. You'll be expertly guided by Muench Workshops pro David Rosenthal and local guide Neil Protheroe. You'll photograph warm autumn colors against stunning glaciated mountains, seacoasts, lakes, braided rivers, alpine meadows, lush green rainforests, and waterfalls.
We’ll begin our journey in Arthur's Pass National Park, and visit lakes around the braided Waimakariri River. We’ll continue on to photograph the highest mountain in New Zealand, Mount Cook adjacent to the wild West Coast. Then we'll move on to the beautiful quaint town of Wanaka, where we’ll take a guided 4x4 drive up to photograph in remote private lands overlooking the Matukituki River valley. Included is a helicopter safari up to the glaciers where you'll capture images of Mount Aspiring from the glacier ice. As if you haven't seen enough, we'll venture further to the Mackenzie Basin and Aoraki-Mount Cook National Park where we spend our final 3 nights on the east side of the mountain to photograph and explore the amazing lakes and rivers, colored by the glaciers. Weather permitting, we’ll have a opportunity to fly helicopters with the doors off. You'll photograph Mount Cook in early sunrise light, and amazing braided rivers of the Tasman and Godley Rivers. This flight will blow you away. We will then return to Christchurch for flights out.

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. Our group is small, only 8 guests maximum. Most workshops by others have 10, 12 or more! Plan on loads of personal instruction and a great time.


New Zealand's
South Island




April 20–30, 2019

Fitness Level:

walk 1+ miles on occasion


Limited to
8 guests 

Logistics were excellent. Just the right amount of travel and the heli rides were awesome. Very helpful in seeing. This is a continued learning process that never ends. Great help in technical approaches. Field instruction was very helpful.
— Ken Feeser, New Zealand 17'


Fly to Christchurch (CHC airport code) not later than April 20, 2019. To stave off jet lag and travel snafus, we strongly suggest arriving a day or two early, and spending some time in Auckland or Christchurch or both. There is a convenient shuttle to the hotel. 

April 20, 2019: 4:30 PM, meet and greet at our hotel followed by dinner. 

April 21, 2019: We’ll start early to arrive into the Arthur's Pass region where we'll spend the afternoon photographing Castle Hill, and lake Pearson. We check into our 5 star lodge (the best available!) where we will spend the following two nights. 

April 22, 2019: Sunrise will be nearby surrounded by towering mountains. We'll have breakfast and a walk to the Punchbowl Falls. After lunch we'll spend time photographing the braided river valley for sunset and possible night shoot if the skies are clear. 

April 23, 2019: Sunrise shoot in Waimakariri Valley, breakfast, and then off to the West Coast. A short drive through very scenic country takes us to the land of New Zealand tree ferns, rainforests, and more rivers and lakes. We'll check into our hotel in Fox Glacier. Sunset will be at the beach, followed by dinner in the small town of Fox Glacier. 

April 24, 2019: Early morning walk to Lake Matheson where the fog lingers just below the towering mountains above, reflected in a mirrored lake. After a great breakfast, we'll spend some time reviewing images that we've captured thus far and enjoy a bit of down time. The sunset shoot will be along the beach at Bruce Bay. Dinner in Fox Glacier. 

April 25, 2019: Sunrise shoot at Lake Mapourika, and then breakfast in the town of Franz Josef Glacier. We'll have time to pack up, and then continue our journey to the town of Wanaka. This drive is spectacular, passing many waterfalls, rain forests, and views of the Southern Alps. We'll arrive in Wanaka for sunset and dinner. 

April 26, 2019: Today will be an early start to meet our guides who will take us on an adventure way up onto the steep mountains overlooking the Matukituki Valley and Mount Aspiring National Park. We'll have a picnic lunch and then, weather permitting, continue our adventure in helicopters to photograph the glaciers. Dinner in Wanaka at our favorite restaurant.

April 27, 2019: 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. 

April 28, 2019: We have reserved helicopters for a scenic early morning flight to occur on 1 of 3 mornings we're in Twizel. Based on the days weather, we we'll 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 29, 2019: Sunrise at one of several great locations along Lake Pukaki, followed by breakfast. After breakfast we'll spend more time photographing along the scenic lakes, Tekapo, Alexandrina & McGregor. 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.

April 30, 2019: 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 3:00 PM April 30, 2019.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging (single available, just ask)
  • All meals during the workshop
  • All transportation within New Zealand
  • All helicopter charters
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
  • Image reviews, post-processing instruction
  • Fun, inspiration and a great time!

Whats Not Included?

Transportation to and from Christchurch, New Zealand. Visa and passport fees. Medical Evacuation Insurance (required). Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended). Alcoholic beverages. Items of a personal nature. Anything not specifically mentioned in “what's included”, above.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $4,000 will hold your place on this workshop. The balance of $6,495 will be due not later than January 1, 2019. All of our standard terms and conditions apply. Need special payment arrangements for your deposit? No problem, just ask us.

Additional Information

For an amazing small group photo experience during the beautiful New Zealand fall, click the “Sign Me Up!” button, and we‘ll see you in New Zealand! Got questions?