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. You’ll enjoy the view from any seat in one of our three private Toyota Highlanders. Your leaders and guides are veteran Muench Workshops pros Randy Hanna and 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 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.


New Zealand
South Island




April 20–30, 2018

Fitness Level:

walk 1+ miles on occasion


Limited to 10 Guests

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


Fly to Queenstown (ZQN 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 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 20, 2018: 4:30 pm, meet and greet at Queenstown Mercure Resort followed by dinner.

April 21, 2018: 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 22, 2018: Sunrise will be near the town of Glenorchy where we'll also have breakfast and a group image review. We'll spend the afternoon along the lake with a 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 23, 2018: Sunrise shoot is scheduled at Coronet Peak, followed by another morning shoot around Arrowtown. After breakfast and checkout, we’ll drive north to the 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 24, 2018: 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 an incredible lagoon. Dinner and image review.

April 25, 2018: 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 26, 2018: 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 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 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. 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?