A Landscape Photography Paradise in Autumn

May 2 – 12, 2023

Even if you’ve never been to New Zealand, you’ve seen it many times. It’s one of the world’s premier filmmaking destinations, and the south island of New Zealand is one of the most satisfying locations for the landscape photographer. We’ll photograph warm autumn colors against stunning glaciated mountains, seacoasts, lakes, braided rivers, alpine meadows, lush green rainforests, and waterfalls.

Weather permitting, we’ll fly a helicopter with the doors off to photograph Mount Cook in early sunrise light and the stunning braided rivers of the Tasman and Godley Rivers. Later in the week, a second helicopter flight will take you to Coromandel Peak, which offers one of the most spectacular views in New Zealand.

We’ll spend two full days photographing the mountains, glaciers, kettle lakes, rainforests, and beaches of the wild and rugged West Coast. A guided 4×4 drive in the remote Nevis Valley will take us to an area rich in gold mining history, a high country landscape of river flats, tussock grasslands, massive rock tors, and long-abandoned mining settlements.

The backcountry of the Matukituki Valley, with the autumn colors of the willows and poplars lining the river banks, will contrast with the glaciers and mountain peaks on either side. And, of course, we’ll photograph the famous Lone Tree in Wanaka at sunrise, a compelling subject for landscape photographers.

As impressive as that list of photographic opportunities is, we will teach you everything from equipment to camera settings and pre-visualization to fully-processed images.

Our instruction begins when you register, and we’re not done when the workshop concludes, either! We’ll spend an hour with you one-on-one after the workshop, reviewing your images from the trip and helping you to put the finishing touches on your images.

This workshop is for any level of photographer, and non-photographing significant others are welcome!

Of course, we are approved by the New Zealand Department of Conservation.


New Zealand




May 2 – 12, 2023


Sold Out
Limited to 8 Guests


This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.

May 2, 2023: We’ll meet in Queenstown today at 2.00 PM. Guests already staying in Queenstown can be picked up at their hotel by arrangement. We’ll then drive straight to Twizel, and check into our hotel, before gathering for a meet and greet, our first sunset shoot, and dinner at a local restaurant.

May 3, 2023: We’ve reserved helicopters this morning for an unforgettable doors-off flight sunrise flight. Weather permitting, we’ll take off at sunrise and fly through the Tasman Valley, past Mount Sefton, and onwards for a dramatic close-up view of the summit of Mount Cook. We’ll also photograph the braided Tasman and Godley rivers from this unique perspective. Then, after breakfast, we’ll spend some time shooting around Lake Pukaki and Twizel before heading out in the afternoon to photograph in the Hooker Valley. Dinner at Mount Cook Village.

May 4, 2023: We’ll shoot sunrise this morning at Peter’s Lookout for a picture-perfect view of Aoraki-Mount Cook at the head of Lake Pukaki. After breakfast, we’ll take some time out for an interactive image review session. In the afternoon, we’ll head out to nearby Lakes Alexandrina and Tekapo. The area surrounding these lakes is the world’s largest dark sky reserve and accordingly offers a great vantage for Milky Way shooting.

May 5, 2023: Sunrise, breakfast and check-out. Today will be a leisurely day as we travel to Franz Josef Glacier on the West coast. Along the way, we will stop at several places to photograph. On arrival, we’ll check into our hotel and take a casual walk to dinner.

May 6, 2023: This morning we’ll take an early morning walk to Lake Matheson, where towering mountains are reflected in a lake below. After breakfast, we’ll spend some time photographing the Fox Glacier and Mount Tasman in morning light. In the afternoon, we’ll stop at the Cook and Karangarua rivers, and we’ll finish the day with a sunset shoot along the beach at Bruce Bay. Dinner in Fox Glacier.

May 7, 2023: This morning we’ll have a sunrise shoot at Lake Mapourika, followed by breakfast in the town of Franz Josef Glacier. We’ll then photograph the kahikatea trees on the shore of Lake Wahapo, as well as Franz Josef Glacier itself and some waterfalls. In the afternoon we’ll head to the coastal village of Okarito for sunset.

May 8, 2023: After breakfast we’ll re-trace our route across the Alpine Divide and continue to Wanaka, stopping at several easily-accessed locations along the way. We’ll arrive in Wanaka in the afternoon, where we’ll photograph fall foliage around the Clutha River. Dinner will be at one of our favorite local restaurants.

May 9, 2023: Today we’ll depart the hotel early to meet the guides for our all-day adventure into the Nevis Valley. The Nevis is a backcountry wilderness area with a rich gold mining history. We’ll spend the morning photographing the rocky valleys, tussock grasslands, rivers, and abandoned buildings of the Nevis before heading back down to the colorful vineyards and fruit orchards of Bannockburn and Cromwell. We’ll finish the day with a sunset shoot over Lake Wanaka and dinner at another great local restaurant.

May 10, 2023: An early morning helicopter ride will take us up to Coromandel Peak, where we will enjoy exclusive access to one of the country’s most spectacular views over Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring. We’ll then return to the hotel for a second image review and post-processing session, before heading out again in the early afternoon to the Matukituki Valley. Here we’ll find colorful willow and poplar trees lining the river banks, set against a backdrop of mountain glaciers and waterfalls. We’ll photograph at three different locations before returning to Wanaka for a casual dinner in town.

May 11, 2023: We’ll depart early this morning to take advantage of great light at the famous Lone Tree at Lake Wanaka. After breakfast, we’ll check out of our hotel and drive the short distance to Queenstown via the Crown Range. We’ll spend the afternoon photographing from the shores of Lake Wakatipu, before returning to town for a farewell dinner.

May 12, 2023: We’ll wake early for a final sunrise shoot at nearby Moke Lake, followed by breakfast and hotel checkout. Flights home can be booked for anytime after 12:00 PM today.



Moderate: You are able to walk up to two miles on uneven ground.


Arrive Queenstown Airport (ZQN), Queenstown, New Zealand before 12:00 PM on May 2, 2023. Flights out can be made after 12:00 PM on May 12, 2023.

What to Bring

Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $1,500 supplement.
  • All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop.
  • All permits and park fees.
  • All transportation during the workshop.
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from 2 pros.
  • Image reviews and post-processing instruction.
  • Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!

Not Included

  • Travel to and from Queenstown, New Zealand.
  • Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
  • Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
  • Anything else specifically not listed as included.
  • Single rooming available for $1,500 supplement.

Payment Terms

  • Your deposit of $3,995 will hold your space in this workshop.
  • Further payment of $3,000 is due by October 1, 2022.
  • The balance is due not later than January 1, 2023.
  • All of our standard Terms and Conditions apply.
  • Need special payment arrangements? No problem, just ask us.


“Thank you and your team for a wonderful workshop. New Zealand is spectacular and your workshop made the exploration even more enjoyable. Theresa and I learned so much and came back with some memorable images. Working on my images over the last couple days has really energize me to keep working on my craft. The workshop opened the door to a new hobby for Theresa. One that we can both enjoy together. We hope to do another workshop with you in the future. There are so many destinations on both our bucket lists and using your workshops as away to really explore these places makes it even better! ”

— Ken Feeser, New Zealand '17