Lead Ken Wright along with Shaun Barnett and Richard young, the tour offers a chance to explore some of New Zealand's finest coast liner along with and forest and alpine landscapes from the West Coast to the Marlborough Sounds and Kaikoura.
Starting in Queenstown we will head out to the South Island’s wild 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 primeval rainforests, with the high peaks and glaciers of the Southern Alps rising beyond. We then travel further north.
The top of the South Island offers a variety of fantastic and easily accessible photography locations. Here 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.
- Price £5725
- Duration 6+ days
- Group Size 5+
- Date 15/09/2020
- Te Wahipounamu World Heritage
- Jet boat into the Waitangiroto Reserve
- Private charter boat in Abel Tasman National Park
- Boat trip in the Marlborough Sounds
- Boat trip and Albatross Encounter in Kaikoura
DAY 1 – 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 sunset over lake Wakatipu.
DAY 2 - 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 3 - 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 4 - 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 rainforest.
DAY 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 -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 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - 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 11 - 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 12 - 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 the finest subjects of New Zealand Landscapes.
DAY 13 - 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 14 - MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS / KAIKOURA
Following an early rise to capture 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 15 - 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