Dates

Late September, 2021

13 days / 12 nights

New Zealand. Aotearoa. Land of the long white cloud. No matter what you call it, New Zealand will leave you speechless with the beauty of its mystical fjords, pristine beaches, and glacier-carved mountains. Join seven other adventurous photographers on the trip of a lifetime through the dramatic landscapes of New Zealand’s South Island. From the stunning grandeur of Milford Sound and the soaring peaks of Aoraki National Park to the unreal blues of Lakes Pukaki and Wanaka, this 13-day New Zealand Photography Tour will provide photographic opportunities on an epic scale. The photography will be incredible, the scenery breathtaking, and the memories will last a lifetime.

What’s new for 2021:

On last year’s New Zealand Photography Tour we added an overnight cruise through Doubtful Sound, one of the most remote and wild places in the world. This rare and unique experience was a lifetime highlight for many of our participants, and more than a few of us were crying with joy at the beauty of this special place. But I began to think, how can we make our 2021 NZ trip even better??? And the answer was really simple: why drive to Milford Sound when we can FLY THERE! That’s right, we’re going to add another scenic flight that takes you over the most beautiful terrain in the world on the way in to Milford Sound. That means this trip includes two scenic flights, two stunning boat cruises (one overnight), wine tasting, and more cute baby sheep than you can count. Plus, we’re going to include every single breakfast during the tour (amazing ones at that), even cooler accommodation (our first night we will be staying at New Zealand’s only castle), and a few other fun surprises. On top of all of that we’re also doing more for conservation this year. We’re donating a portion of the trip proceeds to two environmental causes: The first, Give Back Nature, plants trees. And we fund enough tree planting to ensure the trip is not just carbon neutral, but actually carbon negative. Second, we are funding efforts to remove a highly invasive weed from Fiordland’s waterways, helping keep New Zealand’s wildest corner as pristine as it’s meant to be.

So join us for 13 days, 12 nights of incredible photography, delicious food, and fantastic company.

Tuition

$7,495 – Sold Out!

We are considering adding a second session. Contact us below if interested!

Tuition includes:

  • 13 days of guided photography in arguably the greatest landscape destination on Earth
  • 12 nights lodging in luxurious private rooms
  • Transportation in a private coach starting in Dunedin and returning to Dunedin
  • 2 jaw-dropping scenic flights over Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and Fiordland National Park
  • Stunning boat cruise through Milford Sound, the 8th wonder of the world
  • Unforgettable overnight boat trip through Doubtful Sound
  • All breakfasts
  • Unlimited delicious Kiwi snacks like fruit, nuts, snacks, and Tim-Tams
  • Memories to last a lifetime

Our 2021 tour is sold out but we are considering adding a second tour in either early September or early October. Please contact us via the form below if you would like to be on the list for that session.

What to Expect

Expect the trip of a lifetime. Photographers will find NZ’s South Island to be a land of stunning beauty and wonderful photographic opportunities. The landscapes are dramatic, varied, and accessible. In addition to the photography, you will find New Zealand to be a charming country that’s easy to explore. The Kiwis are an extremely friendly people who are in love with their wonderful land. Prepare yourself for incredible scenery, stunning photos, and memorable experiences with our New Zealand photography tour. We will take advantage of the most spectacular sights on the South Island which contains some of New Zealand’s most dramatic and varied landscapes. We will photograph marvelous glaciers, soaring snow-capped peaks, breathtaking fjords, lush rain forests, and rugged coastlines.

Our New Zealand photography tour is for photographers of all experience levels, from novice to experienced. In short, this tour is for anyone who wants to explore and photograph stunning scenery with a fun group of like-minded people. The trip is limited to 8 participants for a small, personal feel. And there are two leaders, giving the tour a 4-to-1 ratio.

What’s the difference between a photo tour and a workshop?

This is a photo tour, meaning that we are focused on getting you to the right places at the right times to create amazing images. We don’t have any classroom time, there are no lectures, and we don’t spend any time in front of the computer forcing you to learn the latest complicated processing techniques. This trip is about having the best possible experience of New Zealand. That means in addition to shooting we are also enjoying fine meals together, going wine tasting, and allowing for down time so that you can stay rested and excited. This trip is FUN, not bootcamp.

In the field your leaders are 100% available to you to answer questions, provide guidance and feedback, and give you ideas of how to approach your photography. The trip leaders will also be shooting their own photos so that you can see the scene through their eyes.

A few behind-the-scenes moments from our past tours:

Costs

  • Tour Fee – $7,495 USD

    • Includes Single Occupancy Lodging in 4- and 5-star hotels.
  • Lodging is included in the tour fee

    • Inquire about a reduced price for double occupancy lodging.

A deposit of $1000 required to reserve your spot. The balance is due 120 days before the tour. Payment is made via check or bank transfer. Payments made via credit card incur a 3% fee.

Costs in New Zealand

While not as expensive as Europe, New Zealand is still a first world country and travel costs should be expected accordingly. Currently the New Zealand dollar is worth about 66 cents US. Conversely, a US dollar is worth about $1.50 NZ. To help you plan your trip, here are some sample items and their cost in NZ dollars:

• Coffee – $4 NZD
• Fish and Chips – $7-13 NZD
• Dinner – $15-40 NZD
• Domestic Beer – $7 NZD

You should expect your total daily budget for meals to be in the $30 – $80 NZD range depending on your choices.

Also note that the internet, while widely available, is slower than in many Westernized countries. We will generally have access to wifi at our hotels but expect that it may not be available everywhere. In some places there may be a fee to access the internet.

What’s Included

  • An incredible tour of some the most photogenic sights of the incomparable South Island of New Zealand
  • Quality, professional, 1-on-1 photography instruction on par with your level as a photographer
  • All transportation during the tour
  • 12 nights of comfortable lodging at 4- and 5-star hotels
  • All Department of Conservation concession, entrance, and permit fees
  • Milford Sound boat cruise
  • Doubtful Sound overnight cruise
  • Mt Cook Scenic Flight and glacier landing
  • Scenic flight into Milford Sound
  • Some meals as indicated
  • Secret surprises along the way
  • Delicious, endless Kiwi snacks throughout the tour (can you say TimTams???)
  • A fun, positive, interactive learning environment
  • Small group size of 8 photographers maximum
  • Memories of a lifetime

What’s Not

  • International Airfare to New Zealand
  • Domestic transport / airfare to Dunedin
  • Meals as indicated, though the group often eats together throughout the tour
  • Personal items, souvenirs, passport/visa fees as applicable, and gratuities
  • Optional activities such as gear rentals, bungee jumping, etc.
  • Trip insurance

Cancellation Policy

For this New Zealand Photography tour a deposit is required to reserve your spot. If you cancel at any time, this holding deposit is non-refundable; however if we are able to fill your spot before the tour we will refund your holding deposit. If we cancel this tour for any reason, your entire registration fee will be transferred to another tour or refunded to you at your discretion. We strongly recommend purchasing trip insurance to cover your costs in case of cancellation or withdrawal. If you have a personal emergency such as a medical emergency or a death in the family, please contact us. We are willing to work with you to reschedule or refund your fee on a case-by-case basis. This tour requires a minimum of 5 participants. In the case of under-subscription we reserve the right to cancel the tour, in which case your registration will be transferred to another tour of your choosing. Or we may conduct the tour with a single instructor.

Helping Mother Nature Through Photography

Fully Insured and Permitted, Leave-No-Trace Advocates

We take pains to ensure our activities are 100% above board. We obtain all the necessary permissions and insurances required in order conduct our workshops.

We are also strong advocates of Leave No Trace (LNT) wilderness ethics. We teach responsible photography practices and never sacrifice the environment for the sake of a photo. Our goal is to leave our photography workshop locations in better shape than the way we found them.

Carbon Offset and Planting Trees

We partner with the Give Back to Nature Project to plant trees to offset the carbon emissions generated by this tour. But we don’t stop there. In fact we plant enough trees to offset a further 50% of our emissions so that the tour ends up net carbon negative.

Fiordland Undaria Weed Removal

Did you know that there is an underwater weed threatening the health of Fiordland’s waterways? We donate a portion of the tour’s revenue to help remove this pest (called Undaria), and keeping Fiordland as pristine as possible.

Milford Sound, New Zealand, April 1st, 2015

Testimonials

Lee, Florida

“I participated in multiple scenic workshops with various professionals…this was my first experience with Josh and Jim…wow…logistics were perfectly executed, personalized instruction commensurate to my knowledge level and safety was always a priority. I am unsure how Josh and Jim arranged perfect weather conditions with sunrises that were glorious, rainbows, dramatic clouds, mist, mirror-like water and sunsets that were dramatic…this didn’t happen just on one day – this occurred consistently throughout the trip. Josh and Jim kept us supplied with Tim Tams and other goodies..I would recommend not only New Zealand for wondrous scenic photography but Sea to Summit Workshop as the best way to photograph the South Island…

So specific to the most amazing days — I enjoyed the bus rides interacting with my fellow photographers, sharing challenges and learning from each other. I dropped lens caps and they were found amazingly by others. I learned not to be concerned regarding light rain and look at each condition as another way of finding different expressions in capturing my scenic images. Most dramatic was the changing light and conditions of Milford Sound and the surreal sunrise at Lake Moke. What was most impressive that within a 3 hour ride we traveled to arid areas, to the Southern Alps, to Glacier Lakes, to beautiful rolling landscapes, to craggy cliffs over water and ocean.”

John, California

“I knew New Zealand’s South Island would be unique as my plane from Auckland descended over Lake Wakatipu toward Queenstown. Wisps of clouds clung to the peaks of rugged mountains like none I’d ever seen. The explosions of sunrise color at Moke Lake and Tautuku Bay were beyond description, not to mention the rainbow! Then there were the waterfalls surrounded by mossy green forests, and the ever-changing moods of Milford Sound. The whole itinerary was well-planned and Josh, Jim, and our Kiwi driver Reg worked tirelessly to keep the whole thing running smoothly. I certainly hope to get back to New Zealand one of these days!”

Gail and Gary, Australia

“What an amazing experience we had with Josh and Jim on this workshop. These guys are so generous with their time and knowledge it’s almost impossible not to have some very special memories as well as some terrific shots of the places you get to experience. Combine that with their awesome talent and you could not be in better hands.

I went on this workshop with a very basic (and I mean basic) knowledge of photography and a new camera I had never used before, both Jim and Josh worked with me patiently and shared their skill so I was able to feel more and more confidant through out the trip.

If you’re looking for an adventure where you can break out your camera, learn something new or refresh some skills that may have gone a bit rusty or just meet some people who share your passion, then this is exactly the place to be.

I look forward to and can’t wait to join Josh and Jim on another adventure very soon.”

Elisabeth, Austria

“The New Zealand workshop was beyond my expectations. Josh and Jim, I was wowed every day, thank you so much! The way the tour was put together was simply fantastic, I could feel how much passion and effort went into the process of making this tour possible. With Josh knowing New Zealand really well, sharing so many great photography locations with us, combined with knowing wonderful people/locals (thank you for our coach driver Reg!), cafes, restaurants and best chocolates, made this whole trip an unforgettable memory. The moment when Jim suddenly started to see southern lights and told me to look up to see the Aurora Australis was definitely a special moment. I was fortunate to join the workshop with my best friend, and we both loved each location as well as the camaraderie with all the workshop participants. My absolute favorite and my most memorable moment was arriving in Milford Sound. I have no words for the magic of Milford Sound, I would say, and can only recommend to others, to go there yourself in order to understand and feel the magic!”

Walter, Australia

“I couldn’t ask for any more than what got from the NZ workshop- amazing scenery, superb organisation, delightful fellow travellers and inspirational teachers Jim and Josh.”

Your Tour Leaders

Josh Cripps

Josh Cripps has been visiting New Zealand since 1998 and has spent over a year of his life traveling in, exploring, and photographing this amazing island nation. He even lived for a short time in the far north town of Kaitaia. He’s been chased by seals at Arnott Point, eaten the best whitebait sandwich in the country, and explored ice caves in the west coast glaciers. Josh thinks New Zealand’s South Island is quite possible the most beautiful chunk of land on the planet and relishes every minute he spends there.

Sarah Lyndsay Cederholm

Sarah Lyndsay is a landscape and portrait photographer based in the beautiful Canadian Rockies in the province of British Columbia. She is widely known for her breathtaking long exposure photography which adds drama and an edge to the landscapes she photographs. She also specializes in ethereal self-portrait photography, putting herself in the landscapes she photographs no matter the season or weather. Rain or shine, she will walk out in that lake in a flowing gown. Sarah has been professionally guiding and leading photo tours for over 3 years, and recently spent time in New Zealand exploring and photographing the South Island. She instantly fell in love with the diversity and otherworldly landscape scenes it boasts.

You can see more of Sarah’s stunning photography on her website and Instagram:

Why Choose Us

Spectacular Locations
Our workshops combine the very best scenery we can find along with in-depth knowledge of the areas we’re visiting. From the coast to the mountains to the desert, our workshops visit some of the most breathtaking landscapes you can imagine. And with hundreds of hours spent scouting and shooting in each location, we know the best times to visit, the best things to see, and the best shots to get. Plus we’re constantly adding new and cool locations to our line-up so you can keep expanding your photographic horizons.

1-on-1 Instruction at Your Level
We take a three-tiered approach to our photography instruction: Philosophy. Theory. Technique. This means that no matter what level of photographer you are, you can expect to walk away from a workshop with your head bursting with ideas about how to refine your vision and find your own style, an understanding of camera techniques and composition concepts that will springboard your photography, and the actual “How-To” of nailing a shot in the field. And with our relaxed, casual, 1-on-1 approach, you can soak up just the information YOU need to become a better shooter.

Small Class Size
Our international workshops have a 12 person maximum to insure you get ample one-on-one time with the instructors. Our small groups also help us build camaraderie, plus we can go places big photography tours can’t. And with two instructos running every single workshop, there’s never more than 6 students for every instructor.

A “Go Happy or Go Home” Attitude
We believe that photography is as much about enjoyment as it is about scoring a keeper for your portfolio. We create a fun and dynamic environment where you can meet other photographers, learn at your own pace, enjoy the beauty of nature, and have a great time while doing it.

We Never Stop Scouting
We’re never content to rest on our laurels. Before and after every workshop we are scouting, scouting, scouting. Whether it’s to find new and exciting locations to shoot or to provide a different view of the old icons, we strive to show you the absolute best places for photography.

Fully Insured and Permitted, Leave-No-Trace Advocates
We take pains to ensure our activities are 100% above board. We obtain all the necessary permissions and insurances required in order conduct our workshops.

We are also strong advocates of Leave No Trace (LNT) wilderness ethics. We teach responsible photography practices and never sacrifice the environment for the sake of a photo. Our goal is to leave our photography workshop locations in better shape than the way we found them.

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