Your 12 day South Island New Zealand photo tour will include the South Island’s most celebrated landscapes we will capture the breathtaking natural beauty within its incredibly diverse landscapes. We will venture from the main cities and off the typical “tourist track” to explore some deserted tranquil locations and wild terrain to capture your amazing photos.

We start our New Zealand South Island photo tour from Christchurch, the “Garden City” of New Zealand. We’ll head north driving through a mountain pass from the dry Canterbury Plains lying in the lea of the now protected Southern Alps that cut a spectacular rocky curtain against the sky making our way to the West Coast.

The centrepiece, surrounded by spectacular glaciers, is Aoraki Mount Cook – New Zealand’s highest peak. Heading inland to New Zealand’s highest peak, this centrepiece is surrounded by spectacular glaciers, Aoraki Mount Cook where will spend time catching the different atmospheres the light play at sunrise and sunset on the magnificent mountain. Nearby is Lake Pukaki where we will be captivated by her vivid turquoise coloured waters and beautiful Lake Benmore on our way to Omarama.

On the Otago Peninsula is Dunedin, a city full of Scottish influence. Originally settled by 344 Scots, who arrived in the area in March 1848, Dunedin (meaning Edinburgh in Gaelic) has kilt shops, New Zealand’s only whisky distillery, and a haggis-maker. Dunedin is now a university town, with plenty of energy reverberating around it’s harbour valley. Nearby on the East Coast is a beach with unusual spherical rock formations, called the Moeraki Boulders. We’ll take our cameras down onto the beach littered with these unique spherical rock formations that resemble clusters of giant marbles spilt and left lying along the sand, and seem to emanate a spirit of their own as we capture the warm morning light hitting their unusual stone plated exteriors.

For breathtaking vistas we will travel to the Fiords to explore the abundance of lakes fringed by lush green forests, glacial valleys and spectacular grand mountain views. As the sunrises over Mitre Peak we will photograph her glow before cruising along the fiord and out to the Tasman Sea capturing dramatic and awe-inspiring vistas while at Milford Sound.

Today will start with a sunrise shot in Glenorchy at the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu, then we will capture the remote countryside scenes, magnificient mountain ranges and fresh water streams near Mt Aspiring National Park, before returning to Queenstown for a free afternoon to explore the vibrant little town that is famous for being used as a location in Lord of the Rings films.

On the rain-lashed West Coast are the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. You will be intoxicated by the sheer grandeur of the snow-capped Southern Alps, it’s pinnacles scoring the skies. These alps have been listed as a World Heritage Area called Te Waipounamu (why pow nah moo) ‘The place of Greenstone’ and the Maori name for the South Island. They run nearly the entire length of the island from Fiordland to the Marlborough Sounds along the boundary of 2 tectonic plates that are part of the “Ring of Fire.” There are around 360 glaciers hidden in this massive collection of over 220 cloud piercing peaks that split the island in two. From here you can immerse yourselves in damp sub-tropical forests, capturing images of the moss-laden trees, rain soaked ferns and rocky mountain streams running with crisp melt-water.

Staying on the East Coast is a tiny town called Punakiki that lies on the edge of the Paparoa National Park. In this heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts though a number of vertical blowholes, we will be able to photograph the Pancake Rocks. They get their name because the limestone appears to be stakes of “pancakes” rising out of the ocean.

A morning journey will take us from one side of the island to the other, before arriving in St. Arnaud to capture nearby lakes.The Marlborough Sounds are one of the most beautiful and tranquil places in New Zealand, with intricate waterways and beautiful beaches surrounded by lush greenery provides for the perfect spot for some amazing photos.

Further south on the East Coast is a little coastal fishing village Kaikoura – translates to ‘meal of crayfish’ (‘kai’- food/meal, ‘koura’ – crayfish), where you will be able to photograph the striking sunrises over it’s unusual shaped craggy foreshores frequented by wild seals and sea birds. The Kaikoura Peninsula extends into the ocean south of the town resulting in water currents bringing an abundance of marine life, mainly Dusky dolphins and whales. Sperm Whale watching is perhaps the best and most developed in the world so we will be taking a boat journey out to see the acrobatic dolphins at play and up close in their natural environment.

Heading down the east coast we will arrive back in Christchurch where you will be departing our photo tour group and preparing for your journey home. There will be time for you to say your final farewells to the group.

David Still has a style of tutoring that makes things easy to understand. He will help you create stunning images of the abundant natural beauty in New Zealand, from mountain ranges, volcanic lakes, greenstone rivers and wide alluvial valleys to calm bays and angry sea battered shores. You will learn techniques that you’ll use again and again over your lifetime … it’s more than just a trip.

New Zealand is an irresistible destination known as one of the cleanest greenest countries in the world, it encompasses no less than four national parks brimming with opportunities to capture awe-inspiring photos. You’ll feel an infectious “kiwi buzz” in the cities and “chilled out” feeling in the countryside, enjoy the “down to earth” friendly attitude of the people in this new but vibrant country.

Depending on numbers partners and family are welcome to come and enjoy the sights and atmosphere of New Zealand while the photo tour group are out shooting, then rendezvous back at the hotel at night. Guided sightseeing tour of New Zealand or specific themes such as a gastro or adrenaline tours can be arranged for partners if required.

This tour runs alongside the New Zealand North Island tour so you can easily connect the two tours together to experience both islands in New Zealand.

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Tour Duration : 12 Days
Tour Code : NZSI
Tour Start : Christchurch, New Zealand
Tour End : Christchurch, New Zealand

Tour Total : £3999 per person

2016      18/03/16 – 30/03/16

*     Tuition and Guidance from David Still
*     11 Nights Accommodation (Share)
*     Porterage Of One Item Of Luggage Per Person
*     Airport Transfers
*     Transport to Destinations

*     Any domestic travel within New Zealand to arrive at the tour starting point
*     All international air travel
*     All domestic transportation within your home country
*     Passport and visa fees, immigration and duty where applicable
*     All associated insurances, taxes, and levies
*     All personal items, travel insurance, meals and refreshments where not stated
*     Any optional activities you wish to participate in

Style : Landscape and Lifestyle Photography
Group Size : Minimum 4 or small group fee incurred, Maximum 6
Fitness Rating : Easy
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