Stay in the awe-inspiring location of Mt Cook National Park and capture some of the amazing alpine scenery around New Zealand’s highest peak. You will have the chance to shoot from sunrise to sunset, in a variety of locations in and around the park, from views of Mt Cook and the Hooker and Tasman Valleys to the iceberg formations in the Tasman Lake. Mt Cook has world renowned clear skies with no light pollution, offering the chance to photograph the Milky Way above the Southern Alps.
This 3-day bespoke Mt Cook tour allows for a flexible itinerary. It is designed around your photographic objectives, time of the year and your travel itinerary. The tour price is for 1 or 2 people based on a twin share/double room at the Hermitage Hotel.
You have the option of meeting us at Mt Cook Village this morning, or an early pickup from Queenstown, with travel to Mt Cook included in the workshop. After assembling at the Hermitage Hotel, our home for the next two nights, we will head out to explore locations in the park for the rest of the day. There will be plenty of time to cover settings for advancing your landscape photography, before heading out for an evening shoot in the Tasman Valley.
The day begins with the option for some pre-dawn astrophotography before heading back to the hotel for breakfast. The rest of the day will be taken up alternating between locations in the park. We will capture the panoramic views of the Tasman and Hooker valleys, including alpine lakes, sweeping river vistas and the beautiful alpine flowers. (depending on the season).All the locations we visit are within easy walks along well-graded tracks on the valley floors. For those wishing for a more adventurous full day hike today, we have the option to take an uphill climb to a high viewpoint in the park, to capture vistas of New Zealand’s highest peaks, glaciated valleys and alpine tarns.
After a sunrise shoot to capture the first alpine glow on the summit of Mt Cook, we have the option to venture further afield to explore more of the beautiful Mackenzie Country. Should the weather allow, if you are wishing to do some aerial photography, there will be an opportunity to take a flight over Mt Cook. (on demand and not included in the list price) The day will end with a late afternoon departure from Mt Cook or return transport back to Queenstown.
Mt Cook offers some of the best opportunities for aerial photography. Photograph the east face of Aoraki Mt Cook, the upper reaches of the Tasman Glacier, traverse the Main Divide to the West Coast and view the breath-taking landscape of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.
We can also offer you the option to land high on the glacier at 2200 metres with the safety of a professional alpine guide and equipped with snowshoes to photograph the stunning ice formations found here.