Join us on this four-day landscape photography tour at both Milford & Doubtful Sound - one of New Zealand’s and the World’s most revered and stunning landscapes.
Drive into the untouched wilderness of Fiordland and on to Milford and Doubtful Sounds is a trip like no other, where one finds landscapes tough to beat. The most northerly part of Fiordland’s many Sounds, Milford, is famed as one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. Amass with waterfalls cascading directly into the sea from mountains coated with jurassic rainforest, there is never a time - rain, snow or shine - where the area doesn’t look at its pristine best.
Doubtful Sound is far more remote and scenic than the well-known Milford Sound, It offers a true wilderness experience. To make the most of this we shall be taking an overnight boat through the sounds to be in prime position on the water to make the most of sunrise. There is also an option (at an additional cost) to take a flight by helicopter over Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound, again landing in time for the early morning light in a place where handfuls of people have set foot before.
Iconic Milford Sound
Overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound
Fiordland National Park
After departing from Queenstown or meeting in Te Anau, we take the Milford Highway up the Eglinton Valley. Winding through the mountains; past dark, brooding lakes and mossy beech forests, perched at impossibly steep slopes, we arrive at Milford Sound. Milford Sound is one of the country's most iconic locations, granite peaks soar more than a mile above the dark waters of the fjord. Huge waterfalls tumble down into the sea giving the area a scale and grandeur that has to be seen to be believed. A night here provide the chances to capture a dramatic light over Mitre Peak at both sunrise and sunset, from a variety of locations.
Today we will head back to Te Anau to spend a night. We walk the tranquil shores of Lake Te Anau, the South Island’s largest lake, on an easy path at the start of the Kepler Track. We photograph the sunset over the lake, with a vast array of mountains beyond.
This morning we transfer to Pearl Harbour, Manapouri. There will be an option for us to take an hour long flight by helicopter over the Doubtful and Dusky Sounds to photograph atop the mountains that rise above. This extra offers sublime aerial photography opportunities of the mountains in the early morning light. We will then cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri to West Arm before travelling through the dense rainforest across Wilmot Pass. Once at Deep Cove we board our boat for an overnight cruise of beautiful Doubtful Sound. On board, there are excellent photo opportunities of waterfalls, rainforest and mountains as we head into a truly untouched part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area.
Waking up on the boat sheltered in the wilderness of Doubtful Sound, we cruise through some of the fiord’s most stunning scenery, No matter what the weather, Fiordland is always spectacular. After arriving back to Pearl Harbour, we can drop you off in Te Anau or provide travel back Queenstown to connect with late afternoon flights.
Optional Extra: Helicopter Flight over Doubtful and Dusky Sounds
Take to the air with your photography on this special optional extra (at additional cost) on the Fiordland Photography Tour. Soar above some of the world's most incredible wilderness landscapes and mountains, landing atop it all to photography the morning light filtering through Fiordland.
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.
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.
Option 1 - Queenstown: We will meet the group at early in Queenstown (hotel pickup) at the start of the tour and provide transport to the whole tour. The tour will finish at Queenstown Airport at the end of the tour to meet with connecting flight to the main cities.
Option 2 - Meet at Te Anau: We will pick up from Te Anau at 10am and provide transport to the whole tour. We will drop you back to Te Anau at 3pm on the last day of the tour.
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 hereClothing: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.
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