New Zealand April 3-17, 2023
Per person double occupancy
International Airfare INCLUDED
Single Supplement Optional
$4,600 due at time of booking
Tour Guest Limit
7 Guest Maximum
90 Days before departure
This price is inclusive of Round Trip Economy Airfare from USA gateway city and more. See below for more details.
Tour Pricing Info
This photo tour of New Zealand is designed to give you the best-of-the-best New Zealand has to offer while immersing you in her natural beauty and varied landscapes.
New Zealand is well-known for its stunningly varied natural landscapes. As we cruise through the fjords of Milford Sound or ascend the peaks of the Southern Alps you'll be amazed at the beauty and photographic opportunities. These spectacular and untamed scenes will fill your soul and memory cards with unforgettable imagery that is New Zealand.
About the Tour
RT ecoomy flights from home to New Zealand
All photography instructions
All entrance fees for itinerary
All in-country ground transportation
Tips for drivers/ guides
Personal expenses like laundry etc.
Any airport and/or VISA costs
Other things not mentioned in the itinerary or "What is included"
Aoraki & Mt. Cook
We use local boutique hotels and other establishments that give us access to great photos, food, and transport.
More specific information on accommodations will be provided on a closer date to the tour.
Day 1 - Christchurch - Aoraki/Mt Cook
Our first stop is Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, in the heart of the South Island. Here
you will find New Zealand’s finest alpine surroundings, including our largest mountain,
Aoraki/Mt Cook. This afternoon we will explore the Hooker valley, including alpine lakes
and views of New Zealand’s highest peaks. All the locations we visit are within easy
walks along well-graded tracks on the valley floors.
Day 2 - Mt Cook
The day begins with a sunrise shoot before heading back to the hotel for breakfast. This
morning we will have the option to do some aerial photography (optional extra). This
includes taking a flight over Aoraki/Mt Cook and landing to photograph the glaciers above.
This evening we shall photograph the sunset in the Tasman Valley where icebergs float
gracefully in lakes below the mountains.
Day 3 -Mt Cook - Te Anau
After sunrise this morning we depart for Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park,
one of New Zealand’s most spectacular regions for photography. Once we arrive, we shall
spend the afternoon on the tranquil shores of Lake Te Anau, the South Island’s largest
lake, walking on an easy path at the start of the Kepler Track. We photograph the sunset
over the lake, with a vast array of mountains beyond
Day 4 - Te Anau (Milford Sound Day Trip) This morning we take the Milford Highway up the Eglinton Valley. Winding through the mountains; past dark, brooding lakes and mossy beech forests, perched at impossibly steep slopes, we arrive at Milford Sound. Milford Sound is one of the country's most iconic locations, granite peaks soar more than a mile above the dark waters of the fjord. Huge waterfalls tumble down into the sea giving the area a scale and grandeur that has to be seen to be believed, we take a boat trip here to witness the Sound from the water to give a different perspective.
Day 5 - Te Anau - Wanaka We begin with another sunrise shoot at Te Anau, then we travel on to Lake Wanaka, famed for its lone tree in the lake.
Day 6 - Wanaka Sunrise will be shot at the famous Wanaka Tree, one of New Zealand’s most iconic vistas. This evening we set out to the hill around Wanaka for an adventure in a 4 Wheel Drive truck. On our excursion, we will be photographing various High-Country scenes. The landscape here is very rugged, raw and sparse, a stunning location for sunset.
Day 7 - Wanaka - Fox Glacier We then depart for the West Coast, a community as remote as they come in New Zealand. En route, we shall photograph some of the countless stunning waterfalls throughout the Haast Pass. We stay the night in Fox Glacier, a tiny town on the road with some outstanding features to its name. Tonight, we head down to the beach to capture our first West Coast sunset.
Day 8 - Fox Glacier This morning we photograph sunrise at Lake Matheson, capturing the often-perfect reflections of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Mt Tasman - New Zealand’s highest mountains. Today we will also have the opportunity for an optional flight (additional cost) over the glacier for some aerial photography. Sunset tonight will see us heading out to capture panoramic views of the Southern Alps, rising beyond a vast extent of rainforest.
Day 9 - Fox Glacier - Punakaiki Today we drive further up the West Coast, with several stops en route, including the turquoise waters of the Hokitika Gorge. Tonight, we stay at Punakaiki, famous for its Pancake rock formations.
Day 10 - Punakaiki This morning we explore the exquisite limestone and river landscapes of Paparoa National Park. We will spend the rest of the day exploring the exceptional coastline in this area, sunset will see us heading out onto stunning beaches to capture the last light hitting the coastline and huge breaking waves.
Day 11 - Punakaiki - Arthur’s Pass This morning we part ways with the wonderful West Coast, heading inland once more. Our destination is Arthur’s Pass, a stunning leg of our journey. The alpine region offers some incredible views passing through the Southern Alps. After exploring some short walks around Arthur's Pass itself we will head to Castle Hill to photograph the amazing bolder formations here. Afterwards, we travel into the Waimakariri Valley and to our hotel on the edge of Arthur’s Pass National Park. At sunset and sunrise, we will photograph views over the Waimakariri braided river flats and the Southern Alps.
Day 12 - Arthurs Pass to Christchurch After our sunrise shoot, we return to the Hotel for breakfast. Following this, we will then head to Christchurch and our journey’s end, connecting with outward flights.
What To Take (These are only suggestions; they are NOT required!)
Our list of Recommended Gear for your Photo Tour
· 2 camera bodies—the same manufacturer that will fit all your lenses
· Camera battery charger and cords
· Bring as much memory as possible
· Card Reader for file transfer
· External hard drives for back up (we recommend a minimum of a 500GB drive)
· Black Rapid camera strap
· Extra batteries
Lenses We recommend having lenses to cover focal lengths from 16mm - 400mm
· 1.4x or 2x teleconverter for the telephoto—same brand as lens
· Tripod and head
· Flash—strobe with automatic TTL fill flash capabilities or Reflector
· Photo backpack
· Lens cloth and cleaning fluid
· Blower ball for dust
· Circular polarizing filter
· Grad ND filters
· Rain sleeve for camera and lens
· Cable or electronic shutter release
· Laptop computer (travel size such as a netbook)
· Current version of Photoshop or Lightroom
· International power adapter
· Multiple plug power strip & adaptor to gain electric outlets in your room for simultaneous downloading & recharging
· Sensor cleaning supplies
GUESTS SHOULD PACK LIGHT. YOU MAY BE EXPECTED TO CARRY, ROLL, SCHLEP, AND/OR OTHERWISE TRANSPORT YOUR OWN BAGS AT ALL TIMES AND IN ALL PLACES ON THIS TRIP. LAUNDRY SERVICES ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE. M&M RULE OF THUMB IS ONE BAG FOR CAMERA GEAR AND ONE 20-22"" ROLLER FOR YOUR CLOTHES AND TOILETRIES. INVEST IN A TRAVEL TRIPOD - BENRO HAS MANY OPTIONS AVAILABLE. MEDICAL DEVICES SUCH AS CPAP MACHINES ARE EXCLUDED FROM THIS RECOMMENDATION. PACKING LIGHT WILL MAKE YOUR TRIP MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE.
Tour Difficulty = Moderate
Easy = less than 2 miles walking/day and little climbing; Moderate = up to 5 miles walking per day with some climbing; Strenuous = more than 5 miles/day of walking and several climbing/hills/rough terrain expected. You should know your health and ability to carry your gear in hot, cold, humid, and dry conditions and be able to walk 5 miles or more per day and make climbs in elevation of up to 1000 feet in gain and be OK climbing many steps or steep terrain.
Pursuant to Clause 2 under Enrollment: If you need to cancel within a stated refund period, M&M Photo Tours, Inc. may allow you to apply all monies paid to a future trip, within 12 months. We must receive written notification (E-mail is accepted) of your cancellation and your desire to apply the funds to a future trip.
We strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance as this policy is strongly adhered to. The purchase of travel insurance covering baggage, accident/life and trip cancellation is highly recommended. M&M Photo Tours, Inc. reserves the right to cancel any trip/tour/group due to insufficient registration at any time. In the even of such cancellation, those with reservations shall be notified as soon as possible and a full refund of trip payment will be given. It is agreed by registering for any M&M Photo Tours, Inc. tour that M&M Photo Tours, Inc. assumes no responsibility for refund or additional expenses incurred in preparation for a trip.
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