X - NZ Winter Landscape Photo Tour

From NZD NZ$3,995.00
  • Duration: 5 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Canterbury
  • Product code: 5-wl

Join Glen Howey & Shaun Barnett on this 5 day Winter Landscape adventure, on this trip, you will have the opportunity to capture Canturbury's High Country and the Southern Alps at its wintery best. You will find yourself immersed in the majestic beauty of the Southern Alps, capturing snow-capped peaks from the famous Arthur's Pass. You'll experience the endless composition opportunities that present themselves at the magnificent limestone battlements and boulders of the Kura Tawhiti / Castle Hill Conservation Area.  The itinerary then takes you through the Canterbury High Country, past Mount Somers, and further inland to the Ashburton Lakes. This is a remarkable area of placid lakes and high country wetlands, all set in the huge basin between the Rakaia and Rangitata Rivers, both of which drain the central Southern Alps.


HIGHLIGHTS

  • The snow-covered mountains of the Southern Alps
  • The braided Waimakariri River
  • The limestone boulders of Castle Hill
  • The Devil’s Punchbowl Falls
  • Lakes Heron & Clearwater
  • Frosty high country landscapes


ITINERARY

Day 1 - Christchurch - Ashburton Lakes
The first day of our tour sees us heading for Ashburton Lakes. This is a remarkable area of placid lakes and high country wetlands, all set in the huge basin between the Rakaia and Rangitata Rivers, both of which drain the central Southern Alps. Much of the area is protected as the Hakatere Conservation Park, and it is the home to such rare species as the Crested grebe and other wetland birds. Sunset will be spent photographing Lakes Clearwater and Camp, arguably the finest of all the Ashburton Lakes. We drive back east for 30 minutes to our hotel, where we will also have dinner.

Day 2 - Ashburton Lakes
After an early breakfast, we return to the Ashburton Lakes, hoping for a good frost to photograph, and perhaps even some ice on the lakes. At sunset, we may visit Lake Heron, to photograph this large lake with the distinctive Mt Sugarloaf beyond it. We return to our hotel for dinner.

Day 3 - Ashburton Lakes to Arthurs Pass
After breakfast, the tutors will run a review session, giving students an opportunity to have their work processed and critiqued. By late morning we depart Ashburton and head north towards Christchurch, with a late lunch at Springfield. Our itinerary takes us through the Canterbury High Country, past Mount Somers, and further inland to Arthurs Pass

Day 4 – Arthur's Pass
After our sunrise shoot, we return to the Hotel for breakfast. Following breakfast, we drive into Arthur’s Pass National Park to photograph the Devil’s Punchbowl waterfall, 131 meters high. The track crosses the Bealey River and Punchbowl Creek with the aid of two footbridges before zigzagging up steps (240 of them) through mountain beech forest to a viewing area just below the falls.  In the afternoon we drive across Arthur’s Pass, and descend towards the coast. This is a landscape of lush forests, many waterfalls and the impressive Otira Gorge. The tutors will decide which sunset location according to the weather conditions, but may be over alpine lake near Arthur’s Pass itself.

Day 5 - Arthurs Pass - Christchurch

Our last day sees us capturing another sunrise and hopefully more icy landscapes around the Waimakariri braided river flats and surrounding mountains. After breakfast at our hotel, we pack up, and have a last review session before making our way back towards Christchurch. If conditions are suitable, we may stop to capture local waterfalls en route. By late afternoon we arrive in Christchurch in time for people’s flights.


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