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20 days
From November 1 to 21, 2021
Christchurch Airport, New Zealand
Auckland Airport, New Zealand
Suitable for all photography levels
Suitable for all physical levels and ages

NEW ZEALAND PHOTO TOUR DATES

  • NOVEMBER 1 to 21, 2021 - CONFIRMED DEPARTURE, SPOTS AVAILABLE
  • NOVEMBER 1 to 21, 2022 - SPOTS AVAILABLE

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NEW ZEALAND PHOTO TOUR DETAILS

 

Our upcoming New Zealand Photo Tour, from November the 1st to the 21st, 2021, is among our top destinations for 2021. One of those must visit destinations for Nature lovers, we will be taking 12 photography enthusiastic to capture all the beauty from this amazing country. During almost 3 weeks, we will explore both the North and the South islands, visiting its most unique locations, so you can get the best possible images of New Zealand. We are talking about our longest photo tour ever, to make sure you make the most from it!

Along our route through New Zealand, we have planned to visit the best locations at sunrise or sunset, trying to look for the best possible light conditions. As we do in all our landscape photo tours, we pay special attention to those moments, where we normally enjoy the best lights of the day. This way, we try to maximize the chances of getting epic images of the most spectacular sceneries. However, we’ll keep taking pictures during the rest of the days and, sometimes, even at night!

Any landscape photography lover would love to visit New Zealand. This workshop is a great opportunity to make your dream true, as you photograph the most incredible locations around the country, and learn and improve your photography. You will count with the help of two of our professional photo instructors, with plenty of experience hosting photo tours and workshops all around the Earth. At the same time, we have our own travel agency for photographers, which will be dealing with all the details and organization. This way, we can guarantee you the best experience and results during the trip. We are totally sure that you’ll love this New Zealand photo tour, one of our most complete photo adventures ever!

 

What to photograph during this New Zealand Photo Tour?

This New Zealand photo workshop is totally focused on landscape photography, capturing both mountain and seascapes. At the same time, we will be also doing some night photography sessions.

New Zealand is home to some of the most impressive natural sceneries in the world. First, we could highlight its pristine lakes, with intense blue and turquoise colors, like the Pukaki, Tekapo and Wanaka Lakes. Secondly, amazing glaciers, such as the Franz Josef or the Fox ones. Then, spectacular fjords, like the ones at Milford Sound, or stunning peaks, as those in Mount Cook National Park. But, besides this, we can remark lush woods, precious beaches or gorgeous waterfalls. Lots of incredible sceneries that we’ll be photographing during the 20 days we’ll be at the islands.

Apart from visiting this fabulous sceneries during the daytime, we will be also doing some night photography sessions. New Zealand has great potential for night photography, so we’ll try to enjoy some of its most beautiful locations at night too.

 

Why doing this New Zealand Photo Tour during this time of the year?

We are hosting this New Zealand photography workshop at this season, because of the great possibilities for landscape photography. We are talking about springtime in the Southern Hemishphere. This will bring outstanding photo conditions for photography, and we will be particularly searching for the incredible lupines in bloom, which will add an special atmosphere to the already precious sceneries. The peak season for the lupines is early to mid November, depending on the year, so we’ll have very good chances to photograph them.

On the other hand, this is usually a good season regarding light conditions, being often rewarded with beautiful colored skies by sunrise and sunset. We’ll be doing our best every single day trying to capture those special moments!

Finally, waterfalls, creeks and rivers will look at their best during this time, because of the thawing after the winter.

 

Who is this New Zealand Photo Tour for?

Our New Zealand photography tour is an easy trip, being suitable for most physical levels, ages and photo levels. Any photography lover in good health will be welcome to join us.

By one hand, no minimum physical level is required to join this New Zealand photo tour. Most of the photo locations will be a short walk from the places where we’ll be parking. There will be some longer hikes during the trip too, but they will be short and easy ones, suitable for anyone. Besides, if some of he participants would prefer not to hike, we will divide the group and opt for an easier photo activity.

On the other hand, there is no age limit to participate Anyone is welcome to join this photo tour, as long as they are reasonably healthy.

At the same time, this New Zealand photo tour is suitable for all photo levels. No minimum photography level will be required to join us. Whether you are an amateur, and advanced user, or even a professional photographer, you will be welcome to participate, since our photo guide/s will bring personalized attention, adjusted to everyone’s level. This way, we will help you getting the best possible pictures, while you learn and improve your photography

Finally, no minimum photo gear is required for the trip. You can join us even taking pictures with your smartphone or compact camera! Although we feature a ‘Recommended Gear’ section below, it’s just a list of the best possible gear for the workshop. Whatever camera you use during this photo tour, you’ll get back home with great photo of the fabulous New Zealand!

 

Summary

What we offer is a very complete photography experience, to one of the most stunning Nature destinations on Earth. A great opportunity to photograph incredible sceneries, while you make new friends, and learn new photo techniques. A 20 day long trip full of intense moments, that will allow you to capture thousands of beautiful images.

All this, in a small group, up to 12 participants, and two expert photo guides. Do not miss this chance to join us on this fantastic New Zealand photo tour, and contact us now!

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What to expect from this New Zealand Photo Tour?
  • Photographing the exuberant natural beauty of New Zealand, for almost 3 weeks
  • Taking pictures of such incredible locations as Milford Sound or Wanaka Laje
  • Photographing lots of precious pristine lakes, each one with its particular color
  • Taking pictures of the surreal luminescent fireflies, inside the Glow Worm Cave
  • Photographing spectacular beaches and seascapes
  • Capturing lots of dynamic waterfalls and creeks
  • Understanding and learning to use ND filters in landscape photography
  • Getting tips, ideas and instruction for composition, as well as learning different photography techniques
  • Enjoying night photography sessions capturing the Milky Way
  • Learning the importance of including the human figure in landscape photography
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DAY 1

Our New Zealand Photo Tour will begin with the meeting of the group at Christchurch Airport, New Zealand. After the presentations, we will get to our vehicles and initiate the route to our first destination, Lake Tekapo.

After leaving our luggage in our accommodation, depending on our schedule, we might go out to capture the first sunset of the trip, by the shoreline of this amazing lake. Once the night has come, we will check the option of a night photo session, for which we would visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, or the University of Canterbury Mount John Observatory.

DAY 2

We’ll get to the lake for sunrise, being able to capture the spectacular blue tones of its water from the shoreline. As previously stated, each one of the many lakes we’ll visit during this trip, has its particular color. These colors may vary from light to deep blue, or turquoise, bringing amazing photo possibilities. 

After enjoying our visit to Lake Tekapo, we will visit two more lakes in the surroundings, McGregor and Alexandrina. Both lakes are way smaller than Tekapo, but really spectacular anyway, so we’ll stay plenty of time making the most of these visits.

Later, we will head to Mount Cook Village, in Mount Cook National Park, where we will spend the next two nights. After leaving our luggage at our accommodation, we will get to Tasman Lake, a wonderful glacial lake in which we’ll photograph icebergs over its water. This will be our sunset location for today, staying in the area until it gets totally dar. From such an incredible place, we’ll be able to get outstanding pictures of the mountains in the area.

After this visit, we will get back to our accommodation to rest.

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DAY 3

Today, we will wake up early for sunrise, getting to one of the best locations in the surroundings, Mueller Lake or, again, Tasman Lake. We will decide which one to shoot first depending on the conditions, and then we will head to the other one.

Afterwards, we will keep exploring the area, this time visiting one of the most remarkable places in Mount Cook National Park, Hooker Lake. To get to this location, we’ll need to do an easy 6 mile (10 km) hike round trip around Hooker Valley. The views from the trail will already be extraordinary, but once we arrive at the lake, they will even be better!

We’ll stay by the lake till sunset, being able to capture such an incredible place under the fabulous golden light of the setting sun. Once it gets dark, we’ll get back to our accommodation.

DAY 4

We will leave our accommodation early, heading to Lake Pukaki, where we will photograph sunrise. We’ll be exploring several locations by the lake, including the famous view from Peter’s Lookout. From here, we will capture fantastic pictures of the stunning Mount Cook in the distance.

After capturing the best lights of the day at the area, we will continue our way South, doing several stops along it. Among these, we can highlight places such as Lake Ruataniwha, or Lake Ohau, both surrounded by spectacular sceneries.

Later our our way, we’ll pass by the impressive Elephant Rocks, a beautiful valley with huge rocky formations, totally photo worthy. 

Following this, we will head to the area around Oamaru, where we will visit the Bushy Beach. We’ll be searching for seals and yellow eyed penguins from a viewpoint by the beach. We will photograph the area for sunset, after which we’ll continue our drive to Moeraki, our destination for tonight.

Depending on the conditions, we might get out again at night, to photograph the Milky Way with the famous Moeraki Boulders in the background. These amazing rounded rocks will give us endless photo possibilities, being able to capture unique pictures.

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DAY 5

Today we’ll wake up early to get back to Moeraki Boulders, from where we will photograph sunrise. Weather depending, we might be able to capture the first rays of sunlight of the day, as the illuminate this precious area. We will spend plenty of time by the beach, to make the most from this visit, before heading to our following destination.

After breakfast, we will drive to the Catlins area, where we’ll photograph several stunning waterfalls, such as McLean or Purakaunui Falls.

For sunset, we will get to te famous Nugget Point Lighthouse, from where we’ll enjoy the incredible views in the surroundings. Besides, depending on the conditions, we might get back here to photograph the Milky Way.

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DAY 6

We will wake up early to continue our route towards Té Anau, next to the precious same named lake. We’ll try to get there as early as possible, in order to continue afterwards to Milford Sound

After passing by Té Anau, we’ll be doing some stops to take pictures along the way. Some of the most beautiful locations we will photograph are the Mirror Lakes, Lake Gunn or The Chasm. The drive to Milford Sound is considered one of the most spectacular routes on Earth, so we’ll be constantly surrounded by incredibly precious sceneries.

Milford Sound, world famous, is one of the highlights of this New Zealand photo tour. This impressive fjord, inside Fiordland National Park, goes almost 10 miles (15 km) inland. By its shoreline, there are impressive mountains up to 4,000 foot (1.200 meter) high, such as The Elephant or Lion Mountain.

We will photograph sunset from the shoreline, with one of the most spectacular views in New Zealand. A place from where we’ll be able to capture extraordinary images. If we are lucky with the weather, it will probably be an unforgettable session. Once it’s dark, we’ll get to our accommodation to rest.

DAY 7

Today, we will wake up early, as usual, for another sunrise photography session. This time, we’ll get back to photograph Milford Sound from the shoreline, under different light conditions. Again, we’ll be at such a beautiful location, that we’ll try to make the most from every second there.

Afterwards, we’ll go on a boat excursion along the fjord (not included in price). During this trip, we’ll be able to photograph the wonderful area around us from the boat. Certainly, some of the nicest views we’ll see in New Zealand.

Once we are back from the excursion, we’ll leave the area and drive back to Té Anau. Same as the previous day, we will be doing some photo stops along the route, plenty of possibilities for amazing images. In some of these stops, we might photograph the kea, one of the most intelligent parrot species in the world.

For sunset, we will visit Té Anau Lake, also with fabulous views and endless photo possibilities, staying in the area until the night comes. Once it’s dark, we’ll get back to our accommodation to rest.

DAY 8

Again, we’ll wake up early, to get back to the lake for shooting sunrise. Té Anau Lake is the second largest lake in the country (after Taupo Lake), and includes mesmerizing views of the mountains. A true paradise for photo lovers! Along its shorelines, there are endless spots, locations and views to photograph, so we’ll be trying to get the take you to some of the best ones.

After breakfast, we will get in route again, towards Queenstown, our next destination. Same as the previous days, we will be doing some stops along the way for taking pictures. 

Queenstown is located at an incomparable location, by Wakatipu Lake, and next to the Southern Alps. Once we get to the city, we will visit its most remarkable locations. Among then, we can highlight several lakes, as Johnson, Moke, Hayes or Wakatipu, where we’ll head for capturing the last rays of sunlight.

After sunset, we will head to our hotel, although we’ll check the possibility of a night photo session

DAy 9

Today, we will leave Queenstown after photographing Wakatipu Lake again, this time by sunrise. We will head to Wanaka, where we’ll photograph the world famous same named lake. This precious lake, located in Mount Aspiring National Park, is also known due to the famous Wanaka Tree, that will bring us outstanding photo opportunities.

We will be photographing different areas by the shoreline of Lake Wanaka, one of the most picturesque lakes in New Zealand. We might even have the chance to do a treeking aorund the Rob Boy Glacier, in the surroundings.

For sunset, we’ll make sure to arrive early at Wanaka Tree, in order to get the best photo spots to capture this incredible scene.

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DAY 10

Depending on the weather conditions, we will get to Lake Wanaka or Lake Hawea for sunrise. Anyway, we will be visiting both of them before leaving the area. From both lakes, we’ll enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, bringing excellent possibilities for photography. These will be some of the best spots to practice panoramic photography, so we’ll try to make the most of them.

We’ll continue our route North, as always stopping along the way for pictures. We’ll be exploring some of the beautiful spots at Mount Aspriging National Park, including wonderful canyons and waterfalls. 

Once we’ll get to the North coast, we’ll continue East, while we’ll keep exploring several locations to capture the beautiful views around us. Some of the most remarkable places we’ll photograph are the Moeraki and Paringa Lakes

We will arrive to our destination in the afternoon, near the Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers. After exploring the area, we will get to Lake Mapourica for sunset. We’ll have enough time to enjoy this location, staying here until the night comes. Once it’s totally dark, we will get to our accommodation after a long day on the road.

DÍA 11

Today, we will head to the wonderful Lake Matheson for sunrise, one of the best photo locations in New Zealand. Although it is much smaller than most of the lakes we have been exploring during the trip, is one of those with the greatest photo possibilities. If lucky about the wind, we will be able to capture the impressive surrounding mountains reflected on its water. Furthermore, there is a precious jetty as well, that we’ll be including in some of our compositions.

After spending plenty of time by the lake, we will visit the extraordinary Franz Joseph Glacier. Those who are interested, will be able to hire an optional helicopter excursion to the glacier (not included in price), which would be totally recommended. Joining that excursion, we’ll be able to hike over the glacier, getting extraordinary photo opportunities to take pictures.

Finally, we will continue our drive North to Punakaiki, where we’ll stay for a night.

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DAY 12

We’ll wake up early and get to the impressive Pancake Rocks for sunrise. During this visit, we will enjoy the extraordinary views of the surroundings, with the coast and the sea. A perfect spot to capture the early morning golden light.

After breakfast, we will get to some interesting locations in the area, as the beautiful Punakaiki Cavern. We will spend the rest of the day exploring and photographing the beautiful coast around us. The many beaches, incredible rocky formations and seascapes in this region will bring us constant photography opportunities.

For sunset, we will get to Motukiekie Beach, where we’ll be able to capture its impressive rock formations. Once it gets dark, we will get to our accommodation to rest.

DAY 13

Today, we’ll have to leave early to drive to Christchurch. Therefore, we will be visiting a nearby location for sunrise, and then we’ll begin our way to the city, stopping to take pictures along our route.

We will be traveling through the stunning Arthur’s Pass, surrounded by amazing mountains and valleys. At the same time, we’ll find countless waterfalls and creeks with photo possibilities. Among these, we could highlight the Devil’s Punchbowl waterfall, already visible from the road. We’ll make sure to enjoy some time photographing this wonderful spot.

Some other locations we will be photographing are the beautiful Pearson and Lyndon Lakes. Depending on our schedule, we may photograph the latter one at sunset, as the last lights of the day illuminate the precious scenery. Once it’s dark, we’ll continue to our accommodation near Christchurch, where we’ll rest.

DAY 14

This will be our last day in New Zealand Southern Island. We’ll photograph sunrise in the surroundings, before heading to Picton, several hours away. That’s the town from where we’ll take the boat to the Northern  Island

After some stops for pictures, we’ll arrive at Picton, we’ll get directly to the boat. It will be a 3 hour route, in which we will be able to capture spectacular pictures of the area around us. The color of the water will look amazing here, so we’ll make sure to capture it!

Once in Wellington, in the Northern Island, we’ll get to the coastline to capture some sunset images, before getting to our hotel to rest.

DAY 15

Today, we will wake up early and head to the Kaitoke Regional Park. We’ll stop before entering the park to capture the first lights of the day illuminating the scenery.

Once in the park, we will explore its beautiful forests, and visit the mythical Rivendell, where some scenes from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movie were filmed.

We’ll continue our route North, to Tongariro National Park. Despite the long route, the sceneries we’ll pass through will be outstanding, so we’ll have many chances to stop for pictures. We’ll choose one of the most picturesque locations to photograph sunset, before getting to our accommodation.

DAY 16

We’ll spend the whole day in Tongariro National Park. For sunrise, we will visit one of its impressive waterfalls, Taranaki Falls. Following this. we will visit the most famous waterfall in the park, Tawhai Falls. Both of them will allow us to practice long exposure photography, getting extraordinary pictures as a result.

Depending on our energies, we may be doing a wonderful trekking, to the spectacular Emerald Lakes. This would take us the whole day, but we would be getting through incredible volcanic landscapes, until we reach these colorful lakes.

After sunset, we will get back to our accommodation for a well deserved rest.

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DAY 17

Today, we will wake up early to head to Lake Taupo, to photograph sunrise. We’ll be visiting a beautiful jetty by its shoreline, that will bring us wonderful composition opportunities.

After breakfast, we will get to the nearby Huka Falls. Here we will be able to photograph several rapids and waterfalls, perfect to practice long exposure photography, with the help of neutral density filters. Thanks to precious blueish tones, we’ll get spectacular pictures during this visit.

Following this, we’ll keep our way North, stoping by the Wai-o-Tapu area. This region includes lots of geysers and thermal pools, bringing precious colors, that will bring us great photo opportunities. 

Finally we’ll continue driving to Rotorua, our destination for tonight. We will photograph the Rotorua Lake for sunset, getting to our accommodation when the night comes.

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DAY 18

This morning, we’ll have the option to visit the ‘Lord of the Rings’ Hobbytown filming set (not included in the price).

After this, we’ll continue our way to the Coromandel Peninsula, in the North of the island. Here, there are lots of wonderful wild beaches, all of them precios. We’ll be exploring several of these beaches during the whole day, before getting to the most iconic one for sunset, Cathedral Cove. This beach is famous for its stunning arches and rock formations, being an ideal spot for sunset. 

After capturing the last lights of the day, we’ll get to our accommodation to rest.

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DAY 19

For our last full day of this New Zealand photo tour, we have planned one of the highlights of the trip. After driving North and passing Auckland, we will get to the magical Glow Worm Caves.

We’ll spend the whole day exploring these unbelievable caves, with their interior illuminated by the blue luminescence produced by the worms. In such a surreal location, we will capture some of the most unique images of the whole photo tour. An impressive place, that will offer us the greatest photo opportunities. We think it’s a perfect end for such a wonderful trip, and we really hope you enjoy it.

Finally, after several hours exploring the caves, we’ll get back to our accommodation in Auckland to sleep.

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DAY 20

We’ll wake up early to head to Auckland International Airport, where this photo tour will get to its end.

Hoy termina nuestro viaje, conduciendo hasta el aeropuerto de Auckland. 

CONDITIONS

Pricing and Bookings

The cost of this fantastic 20 day (19 night) long New Zealand Photo Tour, is US$5,850 per person. Price includes double shared accommodations with another participant in the trip, according to the itinerary.

Price calculated for a minimum group of 6 participants. In case there were less than 6 people for the group, customers will have the chance to continue with the trip paying an extra supplement, or to receive a full refund if the trip has to be cancelled.

Single room supplement: US$1,700, depending on availability.

To book your spot for this photo tour, you can send us an email to info@workshopsphototours.com, or call us at (+34) 625 01 44 81 (also available by WhatsApp). You can also book your spot with the form located at the top right area of this page.

General Considerations

This Paris Photo Tour is organized by the Official Travel Agency ‘Viajes Fotográficos – Dream Photo Expeditions’ ( hereinafter referred to as ‘the travel agency’).

The travel agency carefully studies and designs all the trips that we offer, always trying to adapt them to our travelers needs. All our itineraries and activities are chosen from a photographic point of view. However, the itinerary shown here is just an idea of some of the places that we will be visiting, not being contractual information about what we’ll do during the trip. The tour leaders, photo guides, other guides and/or the travel agency and organizers of the tour, reserve always the right to do any kind of changes to the itinerary and the tour, both before and during the trip.

In this sense, it will be up to the photographer/s guide/s or to the travel agency, the decision of changing any of the programmed activities, places to visit, and shooting sessions for each day, depending on factors as weather, security or light conditions, but not limited to these. We will always be in search of the best possible experiences and moments of light for the customers of this trip. However, sometimes we may decide to change plans depending on some factors. The program may also be changed in case of emergency, injury of illness of any of the participants or main photographers.

At the same time, both the photographers and the travel agency reserves the right of changing the tour leader/s, in case it’s necessary. Some of the reasons might include injuries, illness or hospitalization, severe health problems, accidents, (both of themselves as well as first grade relatives too), etc. In those cases, the agency will bring another photographer able to guide the group in the same destination.

Documentation

Each traveler is responsible of having all the documentation needed for the trip, as well as for entering the destination/s. To visit New Zealand, you need a valid Passport, and may need a visa or an electronic travel authorization to enter the country. Always check the requirements with your country authorities before traveling to a foreign destination.

The photographers and the travel agency have no responsibility about each traveler’s documentation, or about the requirements to be allowed to enter in New Zealand or any other country.

Travel Insurance

This New Zealand Photo Tour includes a basic assistance insurance. However, we strongly recommend you to bring a full travel insurance, which has unlimited or high limit money coverages in case of accident or disease.

Personal Counseling

The travel agency will give personal counseling and advice to travelers when purchasing their trip. Customers will receive a list with everything that they might need for the route, tips about how to prepare a medical kit for the travel, recommendations about the photography gear for the place, etc… At the same time, our staff will be happy to help and solve any doubt that the clients could have while they are preparing their trip.

Responsability

We are completely sure that this New Zealand Photo Tour will be an unforgettable experience for travelers, as well as an intensive learning process. The travel agency will always try to promote values such as respect (cultural, social and environmental). Those values will always prevail in all our trips. At the same time, ‘Dream Photo Expeditions’ will always ensure that the impact of their trips is never negative for the country, their citizens or their wildlife.

The travel agency, tour leaders, guides, or the photographers hosting the trip, will have no responsibility at all for any accident, loss, theft or damage suffered by the customers participating on it.

Each customer declares that he or she accepts all the conditions on this trip at the time he or she is doing a reservation request and/or payment for it.

Payment

At the moment of booking, the client will be required to send an initial payment of US$600 (US$863 if choosing single room). Payments can be done by bank transfer, by credit or debit card, and by PayPal. However, please notice that credit or debit card and PayPal payments are subject to a supplement fee, to cover the costs of these payment methods.

The remaining balance will be due 60 days prior to the trip. If one client doesn’t make effective any of the expected payments in the deadline, the organizers has the right to cancel the contract with that participant, without any refund, as the terms previously seen. The features that make up the combined travel contract come from the information given to the client in the brochure or program, as well as from the indications regarding this information that could have been given when confirming the reservation.

Cancelations

In case the agency doesn’t complete the minimum group needed to confirm the trip, customers will have the choice between doing the trip paying an extra supplement, or being issued a full refund.

If the travel agency needs to cancel the trip, for any reason, customers will get a 100% refund of the cost of the photo tour.

However if the client doesn’t show or cancels the trip, the following cancellation policies will be applied:

– Less than 60 days prior to the trip: US$600 (US$863 in case they had chosen single room basis).
– Greater than 60 days prior to the trip: 100% of the trip cost.

Prices are based in the Exchange rates by May the 26th, 2020. The currency may be updated until 21 days prior to the departure, according to Spanish Travel Laws, applying a supplement/discount in case of change.

Once the reservation is done by the client, and the services and their prices are confirmed by us, these prices only could be revised until 20 calendar days prior to the departure dates, only in case there are variations in the transportation costs (including the fuel prices), in accommodations, in rates and taxes referring to certain services (such as landing, boarding in ports and airports), or in monetary exchange rates applied to the trip.

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Starting/ending location

Christchurch International Airport, New Zealand (Google Maps)
Auckland International Airport, New Zealand (Google Maps)

Included

  • Accommodation in hotels during the 19 nights of the photo tour, on a double shared room basis.
  • Transportation in New Zealand, plus all the related expenses, including picking up at the airport.
  • Services of the professional photographer/s leading the group.
  • Personalized services, attention and photography instruction.
  • Basic travel insurance.
  • Organization and services of an official travel agency with more than 5 years and 40 photo tours of experience.

Not included

  • Flights and/or transportation to Christchurch and from Auckland International Airports, New Zealand.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch or dinner), snacks or beverages.
  • Boat excursion at Milford Sound
  • Helicopter excursion to Franz Josef Glacier.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Anything not included in the “Included” section.

RECOMMENDED PHOTO GEAR

This is just a list of the ideal gear for a trip like this. However, there is no need at all to have or bring all this gear. You can join the trip using any kind of camera, or even a smartphone!

Camera

DSLR or MIRRORLESS CAMERA RECOMMENDED

We recommend you to bring a DSLR or Mirrorless system camera with interchangeable lenses. However, you can join this photo tour bringing any kind of camera, including compact ones, or even a smartphone.

Wide Angle Lens

For example, a 14-24mm or a 16-35mm

A wide angle lens will be really useful to capture the spectacular landscapes in New Zealand. It’s also interesting that it’s a fast lens (f/2’8 or faster), for the night photography sessions.

Standard Zoom

For example, a 24-70MM

A standard zoom lens, like a 24-70mm, or a 24-105mm, will be very useful on this trip. With that focal length range, you will be able to capture a great variety of the scenes that we’ll find.

TELEPHOTO LENS

FOR EXAMPLE, A 70-200MM

A telephoto lens like a 70-200mm won’t be the most used during the trip. However, it will be useful to capture distant sceneries, like peaks and mountains, so you can bring it if you don’t mind the extra weight.

 

FAST LENS FOR NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

FOR EXAMPLE, A 14MM 1'8 OR A 20MM 1'4

These kind of lenses are not essential, specially if you already have a fast wide angle. However, if you already own a lens like a 14mm 1’8 or a 20mm 1’4, it would be perfect for night photography.

 

TRIPOD

A STURDY TRIPOD

A tripod will be needed for our low light photography sessions, such as the sunrise, sunset and night photography ones. We recommend you bringing a really sturdy one, so it’s not easily moved by the wind.

PHOTOGRAPHY FILTERS

ND, GRADUATED AND POLARIZER FILTERS

We recommend you bringing neutral density filters for long exposure photography, as well as graduated ones for sunrises and sunsets. A polarizer filter will be very useful too, to add saturation or avoid reflections.

REMOTE CONTROLLER

REMOTE CONTROLLER OR INTERVALOMETER

Bringing a remote or an intervalometer will be a great idea, because they will be very useful in low light sessions, avoiding the need to touch the camera, and therefore minimizing the risk of moved images.

BATTERIES

Enough spare batteries

Bringing enough extra batteries is always important in any photo tour. Although temperatures won’t be specially cold, it’s much better to be safe and bring enough spare batteries always.

MEMORY CARDS

ENOUGH MEMORY CARDS

We also recommend you bringing enough memory cards so you can store all the pictures you will take during the trip, or even doing security copies. Given their low price, it’s better to carry extra cards.

PRactical Information

Details about the trip and the destination

Is there a minimum physical level to join this trip?

No, this a trip suitable for all physical levels and conditions

This New Zealand Photo Tour is recommended for any photo lover, no matter their age or their physical level. Most of the photo locations are located just a short walk from the places where we’ll park. However, we will do some longer hikes, although all of them will be easy ones. Given this, we can consider this as a quite easy trip. As long as you are able to hike for short distances with no problem, you are welcome to come with us.

At the same time, there is no age limit to join the trip, as well as your health and conditions are reasonably good.

Is there a minimum photography level required to join the trip?

Absolutely not, all photography lovers are welcome, no matter the level!

There is no need of a minimal photography level to join this new Zealand Photo Tour. You don’t need to be a professional photographer to join the trip, nor even having previous experience with your camera. All our photo tours are open to all levels, even for beginners, or unexperienced photography users. Sometimes, we even have people just taking shots with their smartphones!

One of our highlights is providing customized attention, so we will help you to get the best possible images, regardless your previous level. We’ll be there to help you becoming a better photographer!

What kind of weather can I expect during this trip?

Temperatures will be cold, and it can get so windy, rainy or even snowy

During this New Zealand Photo Tour, we can expect mid to warm temperatures during the daytime, a bit colder during the nights, specially at places lake Mount Cook National Park. Average temperatures during this period are normally around 46º to 68º Fahrenheit  (8º to 20º Celsius), and we can get some rainy days, although it isn’t one of the most rainy months.

Given this, we recommend you dressing in layers, so you can add or remove layers depending on the temperature. You can bring a light or medium jacket for the sunrises and night sessions and, at the same time, a Gore Tex or waterproof jacket for the possible rain. Mountain boots or hiking shoes will be perfect for the trip. Once you confirm your booking, you will also receive a guide withe the recommended gear list for this New Zealand Photo Tour.

Are meals included on this trip?

No, meals are not included in the trip

This New Zealand Photo Tour, as most of our trips, doesn’t include meals (breakfast, lunch or dinner). This will give us maximum flexibility during the trip, to focus in the most important thing: photography. Normally, we will be having breakfast in the accommodations or in cafes near the area, before or after our sunrise shooting session (depending on our schedule). For lunch, sometimes we’ll be stopping at restaurants, but other times we’ll be buying food at supermarkets (fruit, snacks, sandwiches, etc…), and doing a picnic on the locations we’ll be visiting. Then, we will have dinner at the accommodations or in the towns. 

However, we will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the delicious New Zealand cuisine. We totally recommend its seafood, and dishes as the fish and chips and the fantastic lamb! 

Which payment options do you offer?

We offer several payment options for you

Currently, the main payment option we have is the bank transfer. However, if you prefer it, we also have other payment options, such as credit or debit card, PayPal or Transferwise. Please notice that these other payment options may apply a commission fee. You can ask us about these different payment options. 

If you choose to pay by credit or debit card, or by PayPal, you can process your payment online, when you finish the booking process. For bank transfer payment, you just have to proceed with the booking and then, once you finish the process with the chosen payment method, you’ll receive an email with al the instructions and bank details. 

What kind of accommodations will we staying at?

We will stay in tourist category hotels, motels or lodges

During this Iceland Photo Tour, we’ll be normally staying in 3 or 4 star hotels, motels or lodges. Each traveller will be staying in a double twin shared room, shared with another participant of the tour. Rooms will always include a private bath. 

If you come with another person to the trip, you’ll share the room, However, if you are traveling alone, we’ll choose a roommate for you between the other participants in the trip (always same genre). Anyway, you will also have the chance to choose a single room for you, paying an extra supplement. Contact us for all details.

Can I join this photo tour regardless my country of residence?

Absolutely, no matter the place where you live to join this trip!

Anyone can join this New Zealand Photo Tour, no matter their  country of residence. Our main travel agency is settled in Santander, Spain, but our trips are open to customers from countries all around the world. Therefore, we may have clients from different places in our photo tours.

This New Zealand Photo Tour will begin at Christchurch International Airport, New Zealand. Therefore, all the participants have to get there for the first day of the tour, traveling from their country of residence. There is no need to travel to a particular town to meet the rest of the group before getting to New Zealand.

What else should I bring to the tour?

We will send you all the information about what you need to bring

Once you have confirmed your booking for this New Zealand Photo Tour, we will send you the trip info with a recommended gear PDF guide. This will include suggestions not only about the photography gear, but also about the clothes and accessories you might need during this photo tour. To sum up, you won’t have to worry about anything, since our expert photo leaders and guides will inform you about everything you will need, so you can enjoy your travel as much as possible!

As a first tip, we would suggest you bringing a light color down or shell jacket (for example red, orange, yellow, light green, etc…). That jacket will protect you from the cold and the rain but, at the same time, you’ll look great when photographed in some of the most beautiful locations around all New Zealand!

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