Duration: 20 Days
Location: Mt Cook - West Coast - Golden Bay - Kaikoura
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Archway Islands

10th - 29th September 2020

20-day New Zealand photography tour capturing some of the country’s best-untouched wilderness and the Te Wahipounamu world heritage area. This tour will be lead by three top New Zealand landscape photographers throughout different parts; Richard Young, Ken Wright and Shaun Barnett with two photographers leading the tour at all times. You will have the opportunity to learn from 3 professional photographers and get to photograph a total of 6 of the country's finest national parks.
Starting in Queenstown the tour will first head to Mt Cook National Park to photograph some of the amazing alpine scenery around New Zealand’s highest peak. We will cross back through Central Otago to the South Island’s West Coast. With excellent opportunities to capture the wild beaches of the area, its forests and waterfalls, as well as views of the snow-covered Southern Alps. The South Island’s West Coast boasts more forests, mountains and protected lands than any other region of New Zealand. Here, wild and remote coastlines are flanked by primaeval rainforests, with the high peaks and glaciers of the Southern Alps rising beyond. Journeying on to the top of the South Island you will then spend 7 days capturing the coastal landscape around Golden Bay and the top of the South Island, including a full day on a private charter boat in the world-famous Abel Tasman National Park.
At the top of the South Island you will have the opportunity to photograph stunning limestone formations, lush native forests and ever-changing sand dunes and where mountains meet the beautiful South Pacific Ocean. You will spend multiple days on boats exploring photographic locations and marine wildlife in the world famous Abel Tasman National Park; Marlborough Sounds and Kaikoura Coast. The boats will allow us to visit beaches and bays that would normally take days to walk into; shoot marine wildlife and gain access to short walking tracks to stunning photography locations.


  • Jet boat into the Waitangiroto Reserve
  • Private charter boat in Abel Tasman
  • Te Wahipounamu World Heritage

Queenstown - Christchurch

  • Lake Matheson
  • Aoraki/Mt Cook
  • Archway Islands
  • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Nelson Lakes National Park
  • Westland National Park
  • Paparoa National Park
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Kaikoura


  • Day 1 – Queenstown / Mt Cook

    An early morning departure from Queenstown will see us arriving at Aoraki/Mt Cook before lunch. After assembling at Mt Cook Village, our home for the next three nights, we will spend the morning running through an introductory programme for the finer points of working in manual mode and advanced settings for landscape photography, before heading out for an evening shoot in the Tasman Valley.
  • Day 2 – Aoraki/Mt Cook

    The day begins early with 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 and covering a whole range of techniques for advancing your photography.
  • Day 3 – Aoraki/Mt Cook

    Today we will venture further afield to explore more of the beautiful Mackenzie Country. This afternoon we will do a ski-plane flight (included in the price) over Aoraki/Mt Cook to learn the basics of aerial photography.
  • Day 4 – Aoraki/Mt Cook / Wanaka

    After an early morning sunrise shoot in the Tasman Valley we spend some time reviewing photographs from the previous four days and covering post-processing. We will depart Aoraki/Mt Cook after lunch, crossing over Lindis Pass to Wanaka, stopping on the way to capture the tall, tussock-covered mountains here. We will arrive in Wanaka in time for a sunset over a very famous willow tree which sits in the lake here.
  • Day 5 - Wanaka

    Today you will have a free day in Wanaka, with the option (at additional cost) of joining one of our tutors on a 4×4 trip across the Wanaka high country, or a pre-dawn heli-flight high into the mountains, landing overlooking Lake Wanaka for the sunrise.
  • Day 6 – Wanaka / Queenstown

    This morning we drive to Queenstown then onto Glenorchy, capturing en route the beauty of tranquil Lake Wakatipu with its surrounding snow-capped mountains. The day finishes by photographing the sunset over lake Wakatipu.
  • Day 7 - Queenstown / Haast

    Today we drive over the Crown Range then climb up to Haast Pass, the gateway to the West Coast, where we stay overnight. Along the way, we photograph a number of extraordinary waterfalls, including a beautiful 30-metre cascade in stately beech forest. Tonight we capture our first West Coast sunset.
  • Day 8 - Haast / Fox Glacier

    We travel along the West Coast exploring some of the magnificent rainforest of the Te Wahipounamu, a UNESCO World Heritage area, before heading to Fox Glacier. At sunset, we visit a remote West Coast beach which offers panoramic views of the snow-covered peaks of the Southern Alps.
  • Day 9 - Fox Glacier

    This morning we photograph sunrise at Lake Matheson, capturing the often-perfect reflections of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Mt Tasman - New Zealand’s highest mountains. If the weather is right you will have the option (at additional cost) to take a helicopter flight onto the vast upper neve of the Fox Glacier for some unparalleled photo opportunities. Sunset tonight will see us heading out to Okarito Lagoon offering panoramic views of the Southern Alps, rising beyond a vast extent of the rainforest.
  • Day 10 - Fox Glacier / Punakaiki

    This morning we drive up the coast to Whataroa, stopping here for a jet boat trip up the Whataroa river, the only way to access the Waitangiroto Nature Reserve. Here we will photograph the country's only nesting site for the beautiful White Herons (Kotuku) along with the Royal Spoonbill. After this, we drive further up the West Coast, with several stops en route, including the turquoise waters of the Hokitika Gorge. We reach Punakaiki and its famous Punakaiki rock formations in time for sunset photography.
  • Day 11 - Punakaiki

    This morning we explore the exquisite limestone and river landscapes of Paparoa National Park. We will spend the rest of the day exploring the exceptional coastline in this area, sunset will see us heading out onto stunning beaches to capture the last light hitting the coastline and huge breaking waves.
  • Day 12 -Punakaiki / Nelson

    Today we will head away from the West Coast, following the Buller River to its source at the first of the two National Parks we visit today, Nelson Lakes. After some time spent photographing the beautiful lake and mountain backdrops, we then head on to our second park of the day, Kahurangi. Here we will walk out of a short track to capture beautiful beech-forested valleys of one of New Zealand’s largest untouched wildernesses. We then arrive at the top of the South Island in the city of Nelson.
  • Day 13 - Nelson

    Today you will have a free day in Nelson to explore the city or catch up with some downloading and editing of photographs. There is also the option (at additional cost) to join one of our tutors to fly into the heart of Kahurangi National Park.The flight lands on the top of Mount Owen to capture the view from the highest peak in the park, in stunning morning light.
  • Day 14 - Nelson / Golden Bay

    Leaving Nelson we drive over to Golden Bay, heading inland over Takaka Hill and stopping to photograph the limestone formations and beech forests of this area. The day finishes with our first sunset shoot at one of the many stunning beaches in Golden Bay.
  • Day 15 - Abel Tasman National Park

    We will have an early start to photograph the sunrise before we board our private charter boat and spend the day photographing Abel Tasman National Park. You will be taken into the most photogenic areas of the park with plenty of opportunities to head ashore to take in the beautiful bays and beaches along this stunning coastline.
  • Day 16 - Golden Bay

    Today commences with another early start to shoot the iconic Archway Islands at sunrise. We will spend the rest of the day exploring this area, taking opportunities to photograph the stunning coastline of Wharariki Beach and Farewell Spit.
  • Day 17 - Golden Bay / Marlborough Sounds

    Our last chance for a sunrise shoot in Golden Bay. Therefore we will be up early to shoot one of a number of coastal locations before heading back inland. We will travel back over the Takaka Hill and onwards to the Marlborough Sounds. This remarkable maze of islands and waterways is one of the finest subjects of New Zealand Landscapes.
  • Day 18 - Marlborough Sounds

    Today we will spend the day exploring the Marlborough sounds by water taxi and capturing some lovely coastal vistas as well as brilliant wildlife etc. The Sounds are a haven for marine life, often people come across Rays, Orca, Dolphins and numerous bird species.
  • Day 19 - Marlborough Sounds / Kaikoura

    Following an early rise to capture the sunrise, we travel from the Marlborough Sounds on to Kaikoura - where the mountains meet the sea. Home to incredible coastal photography and marine life, tonight we will capture a truly spectacular sunset of Kaikoura ranges rising from the sea.
  • Day 20 - Kaikoura / Christchurch

    This morning we will head out on a boat to photograph some of Kaikoura's local wildlife and Royal Albatross before this evening when we travel on to Christchurch to meet with late afternoon flights
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  • 20 days Photography Tuition
  • 19 nights hotel accommodation (twin-share, single upgrade available)
  • 19 cooked breakfasts
  • Ski-plane over Mt Cook
  • Whataroa Jet boat
  • Abel Tasman private chartered boat
  • Boat trip in the Marlborough Sounds
  • Boat trip and Albatross Encounter in Kaikoura
  • Transport during the tour
  • Queenstown pickup
  • Christchurch drop off
  • DOC concession fees
  • Copy of Pocket Guide to Landscape Photography


  • Class Size

    This tour runs with a maximum group size of 8 and 2 tutors, offering 1:4 ratio of tutors to guests. Limiting group sizes ensure we provide you with expert guidance, instruction, and personal attention according to your learning style. Smaller groups of up to 4 may only be led by one tutor.
  • Itinerary

    Our exact schedule each day will be determined according to the weather to allow for the best shooting, we may choose to swap out locations for other that are better suited to the conditions and we keep a flexible itinerary to accommodate this. We focus on spending as much time as possible out shooting, often from before dawn until sunset. During the tour, we will make time for some image review and processing session, we will fit these around times that are not optimum for shooting.
  • Transport

    Queenstown pick up & Christchurch drop off: We will pick you up early (approx 8 am) from any central location in Queenstown on the first day and provide transport to the whole tour. The tour will finish at Christchurch Airport (or hotel drop off) at 4 pm to meet flights after 5 pm to the main cities.
  • Physical Difficulty

    A minimum level of physical activity is necessary to enjoy this tour. All locations we shoot will be within a short walk along the forest tracks or the coastline. These are sometimes uphill, over uneven ground, or rocky beaches and you will be carrying your own equipment. On this tour, there may be a couple of longer walk options (30-45 min one way) but if these are difficult for the group, we do have the option to split the group at these locations. If your fitness or mobility is an issue please let us know.
  • 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 this tour is to get you to the best locations, in the best light. While providing you on-location help from our experienced tutors, to come away with the hero shots of your own personal vision. 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.
  • Equipment

    Camera Equipment: Our tours 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 bing on the tour can be found here
  • Booking & Payment

    A non-refundable deposit of NZD$1500.00 is required to reserve your space for the workshop. The remaining balance is due 45 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 45 days before the workshop.
    Booking and Cancellation Policy: Please click here for our booking and cancellation policy.


Richard Young & Ken Wright: days 1-5 Ken Wright & Shaun Branett: days 6-13 Richard Young & Shaun Branett: days 14-20