X - NZ North and South Photo Tour
- Duration: 12 Days (approx.)
- Product code: 12-NS
You will start this spectacular tour by joining Glen Howey and Spencer Clubb for a 4-day Landscape Masterclass, based in the majestic Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, Our Landscape Masterclass Workshop is designed as an ideal programme to expand your skills as a landscape photographer. You will learn to shoot a diverse range of subject matters including, mountains, glaciers, macro and nature photography.. The workshop also includes a ski-plane flight over Mt Cook to do some aerial photography.
After flying (included) to Auckland you will join Ken Wright and Richard Young for seven days to photograph the best of Northland’s scenery. The Far North offers ideal locations for long exposure photography, wild coastlines, waterfalls, and classic jetty shots. Historically, Northland was the main hub for activity in New Zealand—and to date, it retains numerous remarkable landmarks: Russell, the former capital; the Treaty of Waitangi grounds, the home of modern New Zealand; giant sand dunes created by volcanoes; the meeting place of the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea; stunning bays; waterfalls; Kauri forest—Northland has it all! The never-ending summers of Northland make it a beautiful place to relax. As it is a deceptively-large region, we have set aside plenty of time to explore and capture some of the lushest environment in the country.
Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.
Ski plane flight over Mt Cook with Tasman Glacier landing
Cape Reinga & Te Paki sand dunes
The Northlands’ white silica sand beaches
Chartered boat around the Bay of Islands
Stay at Carrington Estate & Duke Of Marlborough Hotel
Mt Cook National Park
Te Paki Sand Dunes
Bay of Islands
Day 1 Queenstown to Mt Cook
The tour will start with an early departure from Queenstown to travel to Mt Cook to spend 4 days on our Landscape Masterclass Workshop. After assembling in our comfortable conference room at the Hermitage Hotel, we will run through an introductory programme of advanced camera setup for landscape photography and tutorials on composition and advanced depth of field of landscape shooting. Later in the afternoon, we will head out for our first sunset in the Tasman Valley.
Day 2 - Mt Cook National Park
The day begins with an early sunrise shoot over Mt Cook 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. After sunset in the shoot in Hooker Valley and some dinner, tonight we will head out for an Astro shoot to capture the Milkyway in the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.
Day 3 - Mt Cook National Park
This morning we will do a ski-plane flight (included in the price) over Mt Cook to learn the basics of aerial photography, along with a stunning landing up high on the Tasman Glacier. We will then spend the morning in the hotel conference room to offer some group critique of the photographs from the last days and an in-depth post-production session covering the processing of landscape photographs. Sunset this evening might see us returning to a location within the park or venturing further afield to explore more of the beautiful Mackenzie Country.
Day 4 - Mt Cook - Auckland
After an early morning sunrise shoot at a location within the park, we will help you process your best image from the workshop and produce a finished 16x22" fine art print to take home. There will then be return transport provided back to Queenstown to board our flight (included) to Auckland.
Day 5 – Auckland
Today you have a free day to explore Auckland, with the inclusion of a return ferry ticket to explore the volcanic landscape Rangitoto Island, a pest-free island that sits in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland. It is the youngest volcano in New Zealand and offers some great photography opportunities from old lava flow to beautiful Pohutukawa trees.
Day 6 - Auckland - Hokianga
The day starts with an early morning departure from Auckland, driving up to the beautiful Hokianga Harbour, where we will stay tonight. En route, we stop to explore native Kauri forests, reaching the Harbour for sunset over the West Coast. The scenes we will be photographing today are unlike any you’ll find elsewhere across the country.
Day 7 – Hokianga - Karikari Peninsula
Today we say goodbye to Hokianga and begin to make our way to one of mainland New Zealand’s furthest-north points, Cape Reinga. We will be stopping en route to capture several picturesque jetties—these are well-suited to black and white ‘fine art’ style photographs. As we drive up, we will check into our hotel for the next three nights; the stunning Carrington Estate, before heading to capture sunset along the coast here.
Day 8 – Karikari Peninsula
We will spend the day exploring the stunning Karikari Peninsula, with its white silica sand beaches and serene bays, fringed with the red blossoms of pohutukawa trees.
Day 9 – Cape Reinga (Karikari Peninsula)
Today, we head to Cape Reinga stopping on the way to photograph the Te Paki sand dunes—humongous desert-like dunes created over millions of years through volcanic eruptions. Later in the afternoon we travel up to Cape Reinga, a location of great significance both geographically and culturally. A beautiful lighthouse sits high above the meeting of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean: this is where we shall capture sunset tonight.
Day 10 – Karikari Peninsula - Russell
This morning, we set off toward the picturesque Bay of Islands: the historic Duke of Marlborough Hotel in Russell will be our home for the next two nights. Russell features many historic sites, as it was the first capital of New Zealand during European colonisation. Our day ends with a sunset shoot over the picturesque coastline, on one of many beautiful bays nearby.
Day 11 – Russell
We have an early start for a sunrise shoot this morning, followed by breakfast back at the hotel. On our chartered boat, we spend the day exploring the Bay of Islands by sea, including parts of the coastline not accessible by road. We have some beautiful island stops to look forward to, and we will capture these at our own pace.
Day 12 – Russell - Auckland
Another early-morning sunrise shoot across the Bay of Islands allows you to hone your field technique and capture more stunning beaches. Today, we depart the Bay of Islands and head towards Whangarei and the beautiful Whangarei Falls. This is the last stop on our journey, and we will be driving back to Auckland in the afternoon to meet with evening flights from the airport.
12 days’ photography guiding by Glen Howey and Spencer Clubb , then Ken Wright & Richard Young
11 nights’ hotel accommodation (twin-share, single upgrade available) mostly 4✩
Boat charter in the Bay of Islands
3 nights stay at the Hermitage Hotel, Mt Cook
2 nights stay at Copthorne, Auckland
1 night stay at Copthorne, Hokianga
2 nights’ stay at Carrington Estate
2 nights’ stay at the Duke Of Marlborough Hotel
Transport during the tour
Free access to our Online Essential Landscape Photography Course
Copy of our Pocket Guide to Landscape & Wildlife Photography
Two 16x22" Fine-Art Prints from the Epson SureColor P906
Use of Benro Filters Kits
Donation to our Conservation Fund
Carbon Offsetting with a Native Tree Planting
DOC (National Park) Concession Fees