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. This workshop presents an opportunity to photograph an extraordinary diversity of scenic landscapes: warm autumn colors against stunning glaciated mountains, seacoasts, lakes, alpine meadows, towering snow-capped peaks, lush green rainforests, waterfalls, and more. The workshop will begin and end in Christchurch. Our hotel is situated adjacent to the airport making it convenient for travel. We’ll begin our circular journey in Arthurs Pass National Park, where we’ll photograph the glaciated mountains and lakes around the Waimakariri River. We’ll then continue on around to the West Coast where we spend time photographing the highest mountain in New Zealand, Mount Cook. We’ll visit the beach and hopefully capture images of the glaciated peaks above the ocean. The next stop will be in the beautiful quaint town of Wanaka, where we’ll take a guided 4x4 drive up to remote private lands overlooking the Matukituki River valley. Weather permitting we’ll be taken by helicopter up to the glaciers where everyone can capture images of Mount Aspiring from the ice. After 2 nights in Wanaka we venture a few more hours around the 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 explore the amazing lakes and rivers, colored by the glaciers. Weather permitting, we’ll have a opportunity to fly helicopters with the doors off, to capture images of the Mount Cook in early sunrise light, and amazing braided rivers of the Tasman and Godley Rivers. This is a very spectacular flight guaranteed to 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.


New Zealand
South Island




April 20–30, 2018

Fitness Level:

walk 1+ miles on occasion


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The small number of people in the group made this a very special workshop and much more fun. The preparation in selecting the locations, accommodation, restaurants, etc. was brilliant - a lot of credit goes to Neil who ensured a very smooth 11 days. His driving was impeccable too.
— Margaret Hobbs, Scotland '14, New Zealand '16, Cuba '16

Itinerary and General Information

Fly to Christchurch (CHC airport code) not later than April 20, 2018. 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, 2018: 4:30 pm, meet and greet at our hotel followed by dinner. 

April 21, 2018: We’ll start early to arrive into the Arthurs Pass region where we'll spend the afternoon photographing, Castle Hill, and lake Pearson. We check into our exclusive lodge "Wilderness Lodge" where we will spend the following two nights. 

April 22, 2018: Sunrise will be nearby surrounded by towering mountains followed by breakfast and a walk to the Punchbowl Falls. After lunch we'll spend time exploring the braided river valley for sunset. 

April 23, 2018: Sunrise shoot in Waimakariri Valley, breakfast then off the 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.  Our accommodations for the next two nights will be at the Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier. Sunset will be at the beach followed by dinner in the small town of Fox Glacier. 

April 24, 2018: 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, 2018: Sunrise shoot at Lake Mapourika, breakfast in the town of Franz Josef Glacier. We'll have time to pack up then continue our journey to Wanaka. This drive is spectacular passing many waterfalls rain forests and views of the Southern Alps. We'll arrive in to the town of Wanaka for sunset and dinner. 

April 26, 2018: This 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 continue our adventure in helicopters to visit the glaciers, "weather permitting". Dinner in Wanaka at one of our favorite restaurants WGK.

April 27, 2018: 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 28, 2018: We have reserved helicopters for our 3 mornings in Twizel. 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 29, 2018: 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.

April 30, 2018: 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 30th.

What’s Included

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

Whats Not Included?

Transportation from your home to Christchurch back to your home. Visa and passport fees. Travel medical and trip cancellation insurance. Alcoholic beverages. Items of a personal nature. Anything not specifically mentioned in “what's included”, above.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $3,500 will hold your place on this workshop. The balance of $6,495 will be due not later than January 1, 2018. 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?