15 Day New Zealand Adventure Tour and Workshop - New Revised Locations
When : 1st to 16th November 2024

Where : New Zealand - South Island

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 The Land of the Long White Cloud!

Come along and experience amazing photography in a truly magnificent landscape.
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Day 1 

 5:30pm meet at our motel  in Christchurch for our first get together. This is a great opportunity to meet your fellow adventurers and travelling companions for the next 15 days. 

After dinner we meet for our first session where we'll present back to basics and assess everyone's skill levels. This will allow Mark to provide invaluable personal guidance over the coming days where necessary. 

Overnight Christchurch

Day 2 

After breakfast we head to some 'secret' bird photography locations near Christchurch. Accompanied by local photographers keen to point out the best locations and opportunities, this will be wonderful introduction to the warmth and generosity of the New Zealand people.
A visit to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens will be followed by lunch and then we head north to Kaikoura.

Overnight Kaikoura
Day 3

Today will be amazing. An early start sees us boarding our charter boat and heading offshore from Kaikoura in search of Albatross and other pelagic birds. Kaikoura is renowned for putting on a spectacular opportunity to photograph these beautiful birds.

Lunch back in Kaikoura and then we're off to our next overnight stop in Blenheim.

Overnight Blenheim.

Day 4

Today we head up the very scenic Wairau Valley and Buller Gorge as we make our way to our next overnight stop at Westport. Landscape, landscape and more landscape today

Overnight Westport

Day 5 

Heading further south, today we explore the magnificent coastline through to Greymouth.

This drive has been likened to Big Sur in California and is renowned as one of the most scenic drives in the world. We'll be making plenty of stops along the way as there is magic around every corner.

Overnight Greymouth
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Day 6

Today we head south stopping first at Lake Mahinapua for our first photography session. Here we will demonstrate the use of 'Big Stopper' neutral density filters to good effect, to remove ripples from the water to create a mirror-lake surface. 

The Whataroa River fed by glacier water, will also feature today. The blue water will captivate you. 

Along the way you'll have the opportunity to take an optional helicopter flight south over the glaciers. As well as Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers you'll see many others that are to all intents and purposes, inaccessible other than by air. 

A stop at Okarito lagoon and a bird walk and then we'll make our way to our accommodation at Franz Joseph Glacier. Today we'll take an easy hike through other worldly terrain to the base of Franz
Joseph Glacier.

Overnight Fox Glacier

Day 7

Morning reflections at Lake Matheson and then optional helicopter flights onto Fox Glacier. The grandeur and scale of the massive flows of ice will astound you. Stay in Haast tonight. 

Overnight Haast

Day 8

Heading further south, today is a day of waterfalls and streams. Hidden gems just begging for your tripod and camera await along our route. We'll shoot Jimmy's Falls, Haast Falls, Fantail Falls and others before making our way to Wanaka where we will stay overnight. 

We'll also take a look at Bruce Bay to photograph the area where the streams flow into the sea. 

Sunset today will be a special treat as we photograph the famous Wanaka Tree. For those who are keen we'll re-shoot the tree after dinner with the Milky Way as our backdrop. 

Overnight Wanaka

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Day 9

Today we'll make our way to Queenstown. Along the way you'll visit St Bathans to photograph the Blue lakes. 

We'll lunch at a wonderful old hotel in Omakau where there will ample time to photograph the old buildings and farm machinery. 

Overnight Queenstown

Day 10

After breakfast a free day today to explore Queenstown. Take a 4x4 tour to the old goldfields, ride the jet boat and shoot the Shotover, go bungy jumping or take a Lord of the Rings locations tour. Your choice for the day. Meet back at the hotel for dinner.

Overnight Queenstown

Day 11

Breakfast at one of the many cafes in Arrowtown and then you'll wander and explore the Old Chinese Settlement. Drive towards Glenorchy to access the many lookouts along the way. Scenic landscapes across the water abound . Near Tea Gardens we'll stop for a bird session where  Tui, tomtit and fantail can be found along the creek. 

Heading back through Queenstown, we'll drive to Dunedin in readiness for our second Albatross Encounter

Overnight Dunedin

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Day 12

The Otago peninsula Albatross colony is first up today. You'll have the opportunity to photograph these magnificent birds as they soar on the coastal updrafts.

As we head north we'll visit the Orokonui Ecosanctuary (great bird opportunities) before making our way to Moeraki. The Moeraki Boulders will be a landscape highlight of your New Zealand adventure. A sunset shoot will see these incredible structures at their best. 

Overnight Herbert

Day 13

After a sunrise shoot of the Moeraki Boulders we'll head back around the point looking for seals and perhaps some rare Yellow-eyed Penguins. Then we head up to Oamaru to explore this wonderful town. Overnight in Herbert.

Overnight Herbert

Day 14

After a second sunrise shoot of the Moeraki Boulders (optional) we'll make our way to Twizel. After checking in at our motel and a quick break we'll continue on to view Mount Cook and the Tasman Glacier. Overnight Twizel.

Day 15

Sadly, our last day. Today we make our way back to Christchurch to overnight (included) before saying our farewells. You'll have the the opportunity to shoot the Church of the Lost Shepherd at lake Tekapo along the way. 

Overnight Christchurch (included)

This New Zealand photo adventure will fill up very quickly. We are keeping it to a maximum of 8 photographers to ensure your comfort and access to photography guidance.

Includes :

- Accommodation for 15 nights starting in Christchurch night of 01/11/24 ending in Christchurch night of 16/11/24
- All Meals (except lunch on Queenstown free day)
- Transportation
- Entrance fees to all Parks
- Kaikoura Cruise fees
- Otago Peninsular Albatross fees
- Entry to Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Exclusions :

- All incidental personal items.
- Optional helicopter flights
- Alcohol

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory and remains your responsibility.

Please get in quick and book your spot today.

Cost: AUD$7870.00 Based on Double Occupancy
AUD$1250.00 Single supplement

This workshop is limited to 8 participants.

The workshop requires a minimum 4 bookings to proceed

A $1000.00 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your position (subject to Covid-19 restrictions)

(please note a 2.9% handling fee applies to credit card payments)

Final payment must be paid 30 days prior to the workshop.

Click here to book or please call Mark on 0459 221678 or email

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