Duration: 20 days
Location: North and South Island
Price: NZD $14,840*
Tongariro Landscape Photography Workshop

2nd – 21st October 2016


  • Overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound
  • Ski plane landing on the Tasman Glacier
  • Albatross boat trip at Kaikoura
  • Glacier Lake boat trip
  • Fiordland Crested Penguin trip


Join Richard Young and UK photographers Sue Bishop and Ben Osborne on this 20 day New Zealand photography tour with Light & Land.
New Zealand is a landscape photographer’s dream; the country offers some of the most contrasting and diverse landscape of any small country, from snow-capped mountains to temperate rainforest and wild coastlines. During this 20-day tour, we will photograph some of the country’s best-untouched wilderness in numerous national parks, including the two world heritage areas of Te Wahipounamu and Tongariro. As well as the endless amazing landscapes, this tour will also offer the chance to photograph some of the country’s best coastal wildlife including albatross, gannets, penguins and fur seals.
Tour Price: NZD$14840* / GBP£7995 / USD $10590* - *Subject to current exchange rate


  • Tuition from Sue Bishop, Ben Osborne and Richard Young
  • 19 nights hotel accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Transport for 20 days during the tour
  • Airport transfers from the recommended flights
  • Domestic flight from Christchurch to Napier
  • Ski plane flight landing on the Tasman Glacier
  • Glacier Lake boat trip at Mt Cook
  • Overnight cruise  on Doubtful Sound
  • Exclusive guiding to see Fiordland Crested Penguins
  • Albatross boat trip  at Kaikoura
  • Gannet colony safari  at Cape Kidnappers
  • Visit to Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal park
  • DOC concession fees



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The tour will start in the city of Christchurch. After a night here we will head for Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain, where we will stay for two nights (at Mount Cook village – not the mountain itself!). Our first morning will see us taking a dawn flight in ski planes up to the Tasman Glacier to land at some 7,000 feet and catch the first rays of sunshine on the mountains. This is a great photo opportunity and there will be time for a walk “on the top of New Zealand”. During our visit to Mt Cook we will also explore the terminal moraine lake of the Tasman Glacier by boat, with fantastic photographic opportunities as we navigate between huge dripping ice-faces and iceberg formations. Mt Cook, like a number of other locations that we will visit during the tour, has amazing clear skies with no light pollution, offering the chance to photograph the Milky Way.

We will then travel down to Fiordland, spending a night at Lake Te Anau before heading out on an overnight cruise in beautiful Doubtful Sound – far more remote and scenic than the well-known Milford Sound. On board there are excellent photo opportunities of waterfalls, rainforest and mountains. After our time on the boat we will head to Queenstown with time to explore the beautiful Lake Wakatipu and surrounding mountains.

The next part of our journey will take us up the West Coast through some of New Zealand’s most untouched wilderness. We will spend 2 nights at the remote Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge, spending our time here walking though superb rainforest foliage and photographing beautiful ferns and forest giants. Our accommodation here also offers access to Monro Beach on the wild Tasman Sea; this particular beach is noteworthy as a breeding site for about thirty pairs of the very rare Fiordland Crested Penguins.

Heading further up the West Coast we will stop at the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers, where we will have some free time with the option of exploring the glaciers on foot or by helicopter. For those more interested in wildlife there will also be the option of a boat trip to photograph the beautiful White Herons and Royal Spoonbills that nest in the Waitangiroto Nature Reserve.

Continuing north we will reach Punakaiki and the famous Pancake Rocks rock formations. We will have two nights here to explore this wild coastline and venture into the “lost world” wilderness of Paparoa National Park.

The next leg of the tour will focus on some of the country’s best coastal wildlife. We will head out on a boat over the Kaikoura Canyon to photograph albatross and a variety of other seabirds. This is an amazing experience as we will have some of the world’s largest birds flying right over the boat and landing on the sea next to us; if we are lucky we might also see dolphins and whales while we are out in the boat. The Kaikoura Peninsula is also the home to a large breeding colony of New Zealand Fur Seals and we will have the chance to photograph these, backed by the snow covered peaks of the Kaikoura mountains. We will then fly across Cook Strait to the North Island town of Napier, our main reason to stop here is a trip out to the Australasian Gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers. Some 5,200 pairs nest in this reserve – and you will be within feet of the great birds. This is the world’s first mainland gannet colony – a truly amazing day offering unique photo opportunities.

New Zealand lies on the Pacific ring of fire and the final part of the trip will focus on some of the volcanic landscapes of the North Island. We spend two nights staying in Tongariro National Park, with endless photographic opportunities from old lava flows to waterfalls and silica rapids. Each evening will see us capturing the last light over the volcanic peaks of Mt Ngauruhoe, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ruapehu. After this we will drive North past Lake Taupo to one of the country best thermal reserves to photograph boiling mud and amazing colored pools. We will then continue on to Auckland, the country’s largest city, to finish the tour and connect with international flights.

The accommodations are varied throughout the tour with luxury hotels in the bigger towns/cities to smaller but cosy hotels in the more remote locations.


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  • Group Size

    This tour is led by three professional landscape photographers and places are limited to 12, to ensure a ratio of 4 people per leader enabling maximised tuition.
  • 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 tour instructing and shooting, often from before dawn until after dark. At some point during the tour 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

    20 days transport is included in the tour, we will pick up/drop off at the airport for the recommended flights, or from a centrally located hotel. Transport or flights before/after the tour are not included, however, we are happy to help you arrange transport.
  • Physical Difficulty

    A minimum level of physical activity is necessary to enjoy the workshop. Most locations from where we shoot will be within an hour’s easy walk but sometimes over rocky or muddy tracks and up gentle to moderate hills 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 tour 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 tour, 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

    Booking and Cancellation Policy: Will send on registration of interest

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