New Zealand: Autumn in Landscape Paradise

Join us for a 10 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 northeastward, to Wanaka and the Mackenzie Basin, a high-country landscape featuring glacial lakes, rivers, and the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps within Aoraki-Mount Cook National Park. The journey will conclude in the Canterbury High Country, filled with remote lakes and rivers around Arthur's Pass. Marc and Andy will be joined and assisted by NZ local pro photographer and guide, Neil Protheroe.

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 full 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.


New Zeland




April 17 - 27, 2016

Fitness Level:

Medium, some
short hikes



To be able to take the photograph of a lifetime at Mount Assiniboine was an experience that I will never forget. As if that wasn’t enough, I picked up some extra tips from Marc and Andy on post processing that have helped me turn the photograph into an amazing piece of artwork. I will forever be grateful to them for making one of my photography dreams come true.
— Joe Filer, Canadian Rockies '14

Itinerary and General Information

Days 1-2: From your home, you'll fly to arrive in Queenstown not later than April 17, 2016. 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. We'll shoot sunrise lakeside at Lake Wakatipu, and later get spectacular panoramas overlooking the lake from Bennet's Bluff, with the snow-capped peaks of Mount Aspiring in the background. We'll visit and photograph in Glenorchy, a frontier village at the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu that is surrounded by mountains, glacial rivers and beech forest. We'll spend time at Paradise and Kinloch, famous for its lakes, forests and the Dart River, which were all featured in the Lord Of The Rings movie trilogy.

Day 3: We will photograph sunrise from Coronet Peak Road, with its dramatic view across Arrowtown toward Queenstown, dominated by the Remarkables mountain range. Later, we'll take a private 4WD safari into Macetown, an historic gold mining settlement. Access is by 4WD vehicle only, we will cross the Arrow River at least 20 times to get there! Our afternoon on day 3 will be spent shooting at Lake Hayes and Speargrass Flat Road - majestic forests and lakes with mountain views.

Day 4: We take our private helicopter excursion to Milford Sound, in Fiordland National Park. Part of a World Heritage site and described by Rudyard Kipling as the "Eighth Wonder of the World", we will have an exclusive opportunity to photograph the classic shoreline view of Milford Sound, including the famous Mitre Peak, which rises to 1,692m above the Sound. Our helicopters will then take us to two further landing sites above the Sound, offering a unique perspective of this fascinating landscape, and an unforgettable experience for us as photographers.

We will feature in-depth image reviews and Lightroom tricks and tips this afternoon. In the evening, we'll take a Gondola ride up to Bob's Peak, for a beautiful post-sunset view over Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and The Remarkables.

Arrowtown, Wanaka and Mackenzie Country

Day 5: We spend the morning shooting the autumn colors in Arrowtown, where we have several subject opportunities within the town, surrounding hillsides and along the meandering Arrow River. We hope to be there at the time of peak colors, the area should be alive with bright yellow, orange and crimson leaves on the abundant trees. After an afternoon shooting around Arrowtown, we will take a short drive across the Crown Range to the picturesque lakeside town of Wanaka, arriving in time for a sunset shoot across the lake. Accommodations for one night are at the Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort.

Days 6-7: On leaving Wanaka, we'll photograph the famous "Lone Tree" at Roy's Bay, an iconic South Island landmark, with more shooting at Mount Aspiring Road and Rippon Vinyard. In the afternoon of day 6, we make our way to the Mackenzie Basin, photographing Lindis Pass, a desolate alpine area of tall, tussock-covered mountains, on the way to our base in Twizel. In the early evening we will travel to nearby Lake Tekapo for a sunset shoot at the Church of the Good Shepherd. We will also feature a night shoot of the spectacular sky over Lake Tekapo, which is situated within the world’s largest International Dark Sky Reserve. From our base in Twizel, we are in a great position to shoot some amazing landscapes around Mount Cook (New Zealand’s highest mountain peak, 3,724m/12,218ft), including Hooker Lake, Tasman Glacier, Lake Tasman, and the Tasman Valley. Here too, we’ll be able to capture the beautiful autumn colours of Aoraki-Mount Cook National Park, against the turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki.

Day 8: We photograph sunrise on Lake Pukaki, followed by more lakeside shooting where we can capture views of Mount Cook and the surrounding alps. In the afternoon we'll head towards Lake Tekapo and Lake Alexandrina, for more lake/mountain scenery. We continue on to Arthur's Pass area, in the heart of the central Southern Alps, where we spend our last two nights and days.

Arthur's Pass

Days 9-10: We are based out of The Bealy Hotel, in the heart of Moa Country, a peaceful mountain setting in the heart of this area featuring Arthur's Pass. Here we expect to photograph Lake Pearson, Castle Hill, the Waimakariri Valley, Devil's Punchbowl Waterfall, and more. After our morning shoot and breakfast on Day 10, we'll have a short drive to Christchurch, where our photographic workshop will come to an end. Flights home or elsewhere can be arranged for anytime after 3pm on April 27, 2016.

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! There will be an optional 5-day extension, starting on the evening of April 27th, 2016, and we'll base out of Kaikoura, staying at the intimate Manakau Lodge. Here we'll have the opportunity to shoot fur seal colonies on the beach, get up-close and personal with whales and dolphins, as well as shooting the amazing landscape that surrounds this beautiful area. This extension is limited to 8 guests - more details will be forthcoming soon. Contact us for details.

What’s Included

  • 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!

Whats Not Included?

  • Transportation from your home to Queenstown and from Christchurch back to your home.
  • Alcoholic beverages. Items of a personal nature.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned in "what's included", above.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $5,000 will hold your space in this workshop. The balance of $6,995 will be due not later than January 15, 2016.

Additional Information

This workshop is sold out.