Posted on 2020-02-02

New Zealand - Explore the Wild South West Coast

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This workshop travels in two 4WD vehicles from Queenstown through Wanaka and onto Haast, situated on wild south west coast of New Zealand.
This impressive landscape of driftwood strewn beaches, ancient Rimu forests and delicate wetlands with a backdrop of the Southern Alps is an amazing place to make photographs.
Your Guides/Instructors are both Grand Masters Of the Australian and New Zealand Institutes of Professional Photography. They each have over thirty years of photographic knowledge to share with a small group of six students.

Workshop Critique Sessions:
The aim of the workshops is to teach you how to think and see like a photographer. All students will need to edit their images from each photographic session down to about 12 files. These images will then be viewed and discussed as a group. Some of the edited images will later be included into a book of the workshop. Copyright of the images will remain with the photographers at all times.

•Five days expert tuition
•Pick up and drop off in Queenstown at the start and end of the workshop.
•Three nights accommodation at the World Heritage Haast Hotel
•Two nights accommodation at the Wanaka Hotel
•Five days travel in comfortable 4WD.
•Two Fine Art prints from the workshop and PDF of a group book made from the trip.
•You are invited to trial use our various Canon lenses and bodies.

About our South WestlandLandscape Photography Workshop Itinerary
Each days destinations are weather dependent and changes may be made on the day. The workshops are about enjoying photography, and enjoying the company of other like-minded people. Mike and Jackie encourage you to be open and relaxed and to learn as much as possible from them. Each day is a journey to discover light, colour, texture and meaning.

4.00 pmPick up from your hotel or Airport.Drive to Wanaka
5.00 pm Check into your hotel
6.00 pmIntroduction to the course and each other.Bring along five images on a USB drive to introduce yourself to the group and start discussion. These images can be ones you like or ones you want to ask questions of.
6.30 pm Dinner in Wanaka
7.00 am Photograph Wanaka's Lone tree
8.30 am Breakfast
10.00 am Depart for Haast
1.00 pm Lunch at Makarora
3.30 pm Arrive at Haast. Settle into your rooms and download your files from the day
5.30 pm Sunset at Haast Beach
7.00 pm Dinner
6.30 am Sunrise at Haast Beach (This beach is one our favourite beaches in New Zealand)
9.00 am Breakfast
10.00 am Tutorial on Visual Communication (The who, what, where of photography)
12.00 pm Lunch at the Prickly Gorse Cafe
1.00 pm Drive to Jacksons Bay & photograph the fishing town
4.30 pm Sunset shoot with white baiters
7.00 pm Dinner
6.30 am Photography Haast beach & white baiters
8.30 am Breakfast
9.30 am Critique for your previous days photographs
11.00 pm Depart for Bruce Bay, Ship creek and Munro beach walk (packed lunch)
4.00 pm Photograph ship creek on the way back to Haast
6.30 pm Dinner at the Heritage Hotel
6.30 amSunrise shoot Haast beach & Photograph white baiters
9.00 am Breakfast
10.30 am Check out of your hotel room & then a critique of your photos from the previous day.
12.30 am Lunch at the Prickly Gorse Café
1.00 pmDepart for Wanaka photographing along the way.
5.00 pm Arrive back in Wanaka check into your hotel.
6.00 pm Final dinner
7.00 am Photograph the Wanaka Tree if you think you can now do it better.
8.00 am breakfast
9.00am Final critique from yesterdays shoot and debrief.
11.00 am Depart for Queenstown
12.00 pm Queenstown farewell.(drop off back at hotels or airport)
In New Zealand the weather can change from day to day. It can be literally ‘four seasons in one day’ and this is one of the reasons why it is such a fantastic and exciting place to photograph.

Sunrise at 7.47am Golden hour to 8.29am Sunset at 5.52pm Moon rise 1.08pm(73.8% waxing) Moonset 3.25am
What You Need ToBring
Please pack a medium size bag. If you are packing for a longer stay in New Zealand extra luggage can be left in Queenstown.
Clothing for cold, possibly wet weather. Torch or head torch for early morning and late evening shoots.
Hat, waterproof walking boots.Insect repellent.Small cloth to dry down gear, lens cloth.
Camera gear, sturdy tripod. Camera charger, spare memory cards.
Portable hard drive to back-up your images.
USB Flash drive to transfer files to our computer. Laptop for editing and backing up your images. Enthusiasm and your passion to learn.

Type of experience

  • Photo Workshop


  • Australia & New Zealand


  • Experience local culture
  • Largely landscapes
  • Encounter wildlife
  • Explore nature
  • Approach people


  • Six days

Duration (other)

5 Days, 5 Nights

Languages spoken


What is included

  • Pro photographer
  • Transfers to/from hotel/airport
  • Accommodation
  • Some meals
  • Tour leader expenses
  • Car & driver
  • Tips
  • Entrance fees (parks, monuments ...)
  • Personal critique/review
  • Post production tutorials
  • Post experience mentoring
  • Equipment

What is not included but recommended for the experience

Accommodation in Queenstown before and after the workshop.

Five keywords that best describe the experience you will have

Landscape, New Zealand, Camera craft, Composition, South Westland

Camera equipment used by photographer


Private or group?

  • Private
  • Group

Max group size


Min group size


Non photographer's welcome


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