Dates: Wednesday 9 June to Sunday 13 June 2021

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights



Join us on a 5-day photography tour exploring the winter wonderland of Aoraki-Mt Cook and the Mackenzie Country of New Zealand. Home to some of the most incredible mountains and alpine lakes New Zealand has to offer, this diverse landscape was made for winter photography and we will guide you through the best parts of it on this tour.

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: Wednesday 9 June to Sunday 13 June 2021, 5 days 4 nights

Price: $2,900 NZD ($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: Aoraki-Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo and the Mackenzie Basin. Workshop starts and finishes in Mount Cook (CHRISTCHURCH airport pick up and drop off available as extra).
Skill Level: Suitable for photographers of all skill levels
Fitness Level / Difficulty: A moderate level of fitness is required.  Our longest walk will be to Hooker Lake (10km return on easy gradient).

Access to certain locations (eg. Tasman Lake moraine) requires capability of walking on uneven surfaces and boulders.



Locations we aim to visit include:


  • The Hooker Valley Track, including Mueller Lake,  Hooker Lake, and Aoraki/Mt Cook

  • Scenic Flight over Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park (weather dependent)

  • Tasman Lake

  • Lake Pukaki and Peter’s Lookout

  • Lake Tekapo, Mt John Observatory and the Church of the Good Shepherd

  • Lindis Pass

  • Twizel, Lake Ruataniwha and surrounding canals and lakes

  • Ahuriri Valley

​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!


  • Personalised and professional photography tuition and guidance from Rach Stewart, Daniel Murray, and Lee Cook

  • Quality accommodation for the duration of the tour/workshop 

  • Comfortable transportation for the duration of the tour/workshop

  • Incredible scenic flight over the peaks and glaciers of Aoraki – Mt Cook National Park 

  • Use of the latest gear from our supporting partners

  • Free goody bag and exclusive offers on photography gear 

  • Photography competitions with incredible prizes up for grabs from our supporting partners


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 


Topics we’ll cover during the tour/workshop includes (but is not limited to):

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

  • Using your camera in 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

  • Using tripods, filters, remote shutters and other accessories

  • Overview of post-processing (Lightroom and Photoshop)


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 you simply want to come on an adventure and have an amazing time!



The minimum camera gear requirements are:


  • dSLR or mirrorless camera and related lenses

  • Sturdy tripod

  • Memory cards.

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.



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