Lake Camp
Lake Heron
Road to Mount Cook
Lake Pukaki
Tasman Lake
Tasman Lake
Tasman Road
Hooker lake
Mt Aspiring
Mount Aspiring
Lake Tekapo
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Glenorchy trees

6 days

Ashburton Lakes, Mount Cook, Mackenzie Country,

and Queenstown

Date: Sunday 26 June to Friday 1 July 2022


Join us on our brand new 6 day tour exploring the mountains and lakes of New Zealand's South Island during our magical winter wonderland season.  We’ll guide you through some of most iconic winter photography spots the South Island has to offer, including two (yes two!!) amazing scenic flights soaring high above Aoraki Mount Cook, Westland, and Mount Aspiring National Parks.

We design all our tours/workshops to take you and your camera on a fun-filled adventure, with like-minded people, through some of the most amazing and iconic scenery New Zealand has to offer.

Our emphasis is on in-the-field tuition, exploring and hiking into some incredible locations, and having a ball along the way. That’s not to say we don’t cover the classroom stuff too. All our workshops include, at minimum, a filter training session, a Lightroom editing session, and a photography tips manual.

Our itineraries are planned down to the tiniest level of detail so we can spend the maximum amount of time possible getting you the most amazing images possible.


Date: Sunday 26 June to Friday 1 July 2022 (6 days, 5 nights)

Price: $3700.00NZD ($300NZD non-refundable deposit required upon booking; payment can be made via bank deposit or Paypal)

Group Size: Maximum 10 participants and three tutors

Locations: Ashburton Lakes, Mount Cook, Mackenzie Country and Queenstown

Skill Level: Suitable for photographers of all skill levels

Fitness Level / Difficulty: A moderate level of fitness is required.  On this tour all walks are easy grade and short.



Lake Tekapo
Lake Heron
Lake Camp
Mount Aspiring
dan mt cook road
Road to Mount Cook
Lake Pukaki
Tasman Lake
Tasman Lake
Tasman Road
Hooker lake
Mt Aspiring
Mount Aspiring
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Glenorchy trees


  • Ashburton Lakes: Lake Camp and Lake Heron

  • Tekapo: Lake Tekapo, The Church of the Good Shepherd, Grand Traverse flight over the Godley Valley and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park

  • Aoraki Mount Cook: Hooker Valley and Hooker Lake, Tasman Lake, Mount Cook Road

  • Aoraki Mount Cook: Lake Pukaki, Peters Lookout

  • Mackenzie: Twizel lakes including Lake Ruataniwha and Wairepo Arm

  • Queenstown: Lake Wakatipu and Bennett's Bluff,  Glenorchy Lagoon

  • Queenstown: Lake Hayes, Moke Lake, Arrowtown and surrounds

  • Queenstown: Sunrise flight over Mount Aspiring and Queenstown

​Please note that the weather and light conditions play a big part in creating those images that really stand out. Although we have an itinerary set in place, we love to chase the light and the best conditions, and need to adapt to create the best photography experience for you. As much as we will try stick to the itinerary and visit all the above locations, there may be occasions when change is needed.  This is all part of the adventure!


Along with personalised and professional photography tuition and guidance from Rach Stewart, Daniel Murray, and Lee Cook, included in each tour is:


Quality accommodation for the duration of the tour/workshop


Comfortable transportation for the duration of the tour/workshop

Scenic Flight

Incredible scenic flight over the peaks and glaciers of Mount Aspiring National Park and Aoraki Mt Cook


Use of Neutral Density Filters

Goody Bag

Free goody bag and exclusive offers on photography gear 

Dept of Conservation Concession Fee

Keeping NZ beautiful through our concession with the Department of Conservation


We cater for all levels, from those just starting their photography journey right through to experienced photographers who just want to brush up on some skills or perhaps simply want to come on an adventure!

​Topics we cover during our tours include (and are not limited to by any means):


  • ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed, and how they all work together to create amazing images

  • Using your camera in full manual mode

  • Correctly exposing an image (dynamic range, understanding light including the use of filters in achieving balance)

  • How to compose a shot (including main focal point, framing, foreground and depth of field)

  • Long exposures and working in low light

  • Astro and night time photography

  • Post processing your images in Lightroom including exposure blending, focus stacking (Photoshop) and panorama stitching 

  • Using tripods, filters, remote shutters and other accessories

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The minimum camera camera gear requirements are:


  • dSLR or mirrorless camera and related lenses

  • Sturdy tripod

  • Memory cards

  • Spare batteries

Nice to haves (but not essentials) are:


  • Neutral density filters for long exposures

  • Remote shutter release or equivalent

  • Laptop with Lightroom CC Classic pre-installed

  • Hard drive etc for backing up photos


Minimum Clothing Requirements

New Zealand is well known for its changeable weather. Our tour/workshop schedule operates between April and September, which is in the cooler half of the year. We’ll provide more specific information on clothing and equipment in the lead-up to each tour/workshop, but at minimum you’ll need to bring:

  • Rain jacket

  • Waterproof outer leggings

  • Down jacket

  • Thermal base layer – top and leggings (polypropylene, merino, or similar)

  • Warm gloves and hat

  • Sunhat and sunscreen

  • Sturdy hiking shoes or boots

  • Water bottle

  • Head torch


The price excludes:

  • Transport before and after the tour/workshop 

  • Meals and other personal expenses

  • Insurance of a personal nature (medical etc)


Please read our Terms and Conditions 



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