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New Zealand Photography Tour

08th - 21st Oct, 2020 - AVAILABLE

Tutored by Ben Osborne and

£8599.00 pp / Deposit -£1,000.00

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Join Ben Osborne and Richard Young on this amazing New Zealand photography tour. Aotearoa is a landscape photographer’s dream; the country offers some of the most contrasting and diverse landscape of any small country, from snow-capped mountains to temperate rainforest and wild coastlines.

During our 14 day photography tour of New Zealand, we will photograph some of the country’s best untouched wilderness in numerous national parks, including the world heritage areas of Te Wahipounamu. As well as the endless amazing landscapes, the tour will also focus on some of New Zealand’s best coastal wildlife, from Yellow-Eyed Penguins and Royal Albatross to New Zealand Sea lions.

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At a Glance

  • Tutored By
  • Exertion
    Moderate
  • Included
    • Tuition from Ben Osborne and Richard Young
    • 13 nights accommodation single occupancy (unless booking as a pair, discount of £700 per person for a shared double room)
    • 13 breakfasts
    • 2 evening meals (Larnach Castle & Doubtful Sound)
    • Transport during the tour in a luxury minibus
    • Overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound
    • Yellow-eyed penguin trip
    • Entry to Orokonui Eco Sanctuary
    • Albatross boat trip in Otago
    • Backcountry 4WD trip in Wanaka
    • Jet boat trip into the Waitangiroto Nature Reserve
    • DOC Concession Fees (National Park fees)
  • Excluded
    • Flights
    • Meals not mentioned
    • Insurance
  • Duration 7+ Night Tours
  • Leading Lights
  • Tour Code NZ05
New Zealand Photography Tour

New Zealand Photography Tour - New Zealand Landscape Photography

Join Ben Osborne and Richard Young on this amazing New Zealand photography tour. Aotearoa is a landscape photographer’s dream; the country offers some of the most contrasting and diverse landscape of any small country, from snow-capped mountains to temperate rainforest and wild coastlines. During this 14 day tour of New Zealand, we will photograph some of the country’s best untouched wilderness in numerous national parks, including the world heritage areas of Te Wahipounamu. As well as the endless amazing landscapes, the tour will also focus on some of New Zealand’s best coastal wildlife, from Yellow-Eyed Penguins and Royal Albatross to New Zealand Sea lions. 

The tour will start in the city of Christchurch, first heading to Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain, where we will stay for two nights (at The Hermitage Hotel in Mount Cook village – not the mountain itself!). Mt Cook, like a number of other locations that we will visit during the tour, has amazing clear skies with no light pollution, offering the chance to photograph the Milky Way. 

We then head south to Otago, stopping on the way to photograph the famous Moeraki Boulders. We then spend two nights at Larnach Castle, one of the most beautiful and unusual places to stay on South Island. From here we will photograph the abundant local wildlife which includes New Zealand sea lions and fur seals, as well as a host of rare bird species, such as the Yellow-eyed penguin, Northern Royal albatross and various petrels. 

Having experienced mountains and then coast, we now mix the two as we travel down to Fiordland, spending a night at Lake Te Anau before heading out on an overnight cruise in beautiful Doubtful Sound. This is far more remote and scenic than the much better known Milford Sound. The area is rightly famous for its spectacular mountains, forests and waterfalls. If we are lucky, there is the chance of an encounter with the resident dolphins. 

Our journey then takes us up the West Coast through some of New Zealand’s most untouched wilderness. Our time here will be spent walking through superb rainforest foliage; photographing beautiful ferns; forest giants; serene lakes; stunning beaches; glaciers and many more mountains. 

Spending a couple of nights in Wanaka gives us the option of an off-road adventure to photograph some of the more remote mountain views at sunset and there will be a visit to the iconic Wanaka tree. We’ll also spend two nights in Fox, where we’ll visit Lake Mathieson for classic dawn views of Mount Cook asnd where there be also be the option of a glacier flight.

For those more interested in wildlife we’ll be heading on a jet-boat trip to photograph the beautiful White Herons and Royal Spoonbills that nest in the Waitangiroto Nature Reserve.

Continuing north we will reach Punakaiki and the famous Pancake Rocks rock formations. We will have two nights here to explore this wild coastline and venture into the “lost world” wilderness before heading back through the Southern Alps. The last leg of our journey takes us over Arthur’s Pass before a final stop at Castle Hill to visit the spectacular boulder formations. The tour ends on our arrival in Christchurch where we connect with international flights. 

Throughout this tour we’ll not only visit some of the most remote and beautiful landscapes that New Zealand has to offer but we’ll also do our utmost to be on location when the light is at its best. Your photographic guides on this journey are the perfect combination of knowledge and experience to ensure you get the most out of this tour.

Richard Young is an extremely experienced photographer, based in New Zealand, and has a comprehensive knowledge of all the locations we will visit.

Ben Osborne has photographed landscapes and wildlife all over the world and co-led “Light and Land’s” last visit to this stunning country. Ben has been a freelance photographer for 35 years. He specialises in wildlife and landscape photography but also shoots a wide variety of other outdoor subjects, ranging from oil spills to fell-running. He has worked on all seven continents but is best known for his images of Antarctica in the book of the BBC series “Life in the Freezer”. His work has been published in numerous magazines including National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Geo, Radio Times and Hello! Between Ben and Richard, they can help you to develop a spectacular portfolio of images of a country you’ll never forget – and one that you’ll always want to return to!

PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR THE ONE NIGHT ON THE DOUBTFUL SOUND CRUISE THE CABINS ARE SHARED BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE.

(There is a discount on this tour of £700 per person for sharing a room, please place your booking and then contact Emily at the office to apply the discount to your balance emily_orr@lightandland.co.uk).

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Photography tuition from, Ben Osborne and Richard Young
  • Visit the New Zealand world heritage area of Te Wahipounamu
  • Overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound
  • Yellow-eyed penguin guiding trip
  • Albatross boat trip in Otago
  • Backcountry 4WD trip in Wanaka
  • Jet Boat trip into the Waitangiroto Nature Reserve to photograph White Herons

For tours outside of the UK, we will select a recommended flight which will depart from a London airport to the destination. In most cases (unless stated otherwise), the tour leaders will greet you at the destination airport from this flight and return you to the airport at the end of the tour.

Please DO NOT book your flights until advised to do so by the office. Tours have to become viable before we select the recommended flight.

Once a tour has enough bookings to make it viable, you will receive an email to alert you that the recommended flights have been uploaded to your client area on the website.

You are welcome to make alternative travel arrangements. If doing so, please ensure you are at the destination airport for the arrival time of the recommended flight to ensure you can take the transfer to the hotel. Alternatively you can arrange your own transfers and meet the group at the hotel on the first night.

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