Duration: 4 Day
Location: Wanaka & Central Otago
Price: $2,200
Wanaka Tree Photography Workshop

21st - 24th April 2018

Our Central Otago photography tour is programmed in for the month of April when the Autumn colours are at their best. With landscape photographers Rob Brown and Richard Young as your guides, and utilising comfortable 4WD vehicles, we will be able to take you into some of the most interesting and photogenic places of Central Otago.
We will base ourselves in Wanaka in excellent accommodation and there will be time during the evenings to download our photographs and work on post-processing.
If you are arriving via Queenstown airport we can pick you up the day before and that evening your guide will meet with all participants to discuss the programme.


  • Otago Autumn colours
  • 4-day 4x4 tour


  • Autumn colours photography
  • High country landscapes
  • Panoramic landscape photography
  • Settings and composition

Day 1

A pre-dawn start sees us heading into the Nevis Valley for sunrise. We spend all day driving through the Nevis before returning via Queenstown. Here we will have an early meal before photographing some Queenstown locations on sunset.

Day 2

We head out to the beautiful high country landscape of West Wanaka. Here will be the option, for those who feel like a longer walk, to head up to the panoramic view-point before we head back to Wanaka.

Day 3

Today sees us heading into the Maniototo. We will aim to be at St Bathans first thing in the morning and tour through the landscape of Central Otago. The landscape here is quite different to what we experience on the rest of the tour and there is always the chance of being able to photograph New Zealand falcons in this area.

Day 4

An early morning shoot of autumn colours near Wanaka and maybe another chance to photograph the very famous tree in the lake here.-followed by a morning running through some post processing techniques for photographs made in the previous few days, before returning to Queenstown.
The order of each day's shoot may be changed due to weather, but we will go to all of these places on the itinerary.


  • 3 nights accommodation at Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort twin share (single upgrade available)
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 4 days 4x4 transport
  • Full tuition by Rob Brown and Richard Young
  • Queenstown pickup/dropoff
  • Transport during the tour
  • DOC concession fees
  • Printed notes


  • Class Size

    Maximum group size of 8. Groups of 3-4 will be led by only one tutor and groups of 5-8 will be led by two tutors. Limiting class sizes ensures we provide you with the best learning environment possible, including expert guidance, instruction and personal attention, according to your learning style.
  • Itinerary

    Our exact schedule will be determined according to the whole group’s photographic objectives and the weather. We keep a flexible itinerary to accommodate this. We will spend the workshop instructing and shooting, often from before dawn until after dark. At some point during the weekend the tutors will give a lecture on their photographic ability and how you can apply their systems and vision to develop your own unique style.
  • Transport

    We will meet the group at Queenstown Airport at the start of the workshop and provide transport to the whole workshop and return you to Queenstown at the end of the workshop.
  • Physical Difficulty

    A minimum level of physical activity is necessary to enjoy the workshop. All locations we shoot will be within an easy walk along the coastline, but sometimes over rocky beaches carrying your own equipment. If fitness or mobility is an issue please let us know - there are often locations which offer great shooting possibilities close to the road or our accommodation, or sometimes we also have the option to split the group.
  • Equipment & Experience

    Ideally, you will have a basic knowledge of photography and be comfortable adjusting camera settings such as aperture and shutter speed. An aim of the workshop is to give you more confidence in the creative control of camera settings and shooting in manual mode. We will have a brief session at the start of the workshop, covering camera settings and controls, to be sure everyone is up to speed.
    Camera Equipment: Our workshops focus on how to use your camera, not your type of camera. A basic list of recommended camera equipment can be found here
    Clothing:A list of recommended clothing to wear on the workshop can be found here
  • Booking & Payment

    A non-refundable deposit of NZD$400.00 is required to reserve your space for the workshop. The remaining balance is due 14 days prior to the start of the workshop. You may pay in full at time of booking, the balance (minus the deposit) will remain fully refundable until 14 days before the workshop.
    Booking and Cancellation Policy: Please click here for our booking and cancellation policy.