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New Zealand Photography Tour

North and South Island photo tour: 'By Request'



  April/May or Nov/Dec: This photography tour is not currently in the schedule, but can be added by request

  13 nights/14 nights  |  Maximum of 7 participants, and a minimum of 4 participants

  $6,383 USD per person  |  Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip

  The deposit for this photography tour is $400. Make a deposit, or pay your tour balance here

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  Arrival airport: Auckland, New Zealand [AKL]
  Departure airport: Christchurch, New Zealand [CHC]
  Arrival window: For a variety of travel related reasons, arriving one day early is recommended
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This photo tour will run with one or more participants. Please note that our group limit is not a requirement!  7 places are available at this time
  Updated: Sunday the 25th of February, 2024

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New Zealand's north and south islands photo tours


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Photography Tour Overview:
New Zealand has long been the land of the 'Long White Cloud' and now 'Lord of the Rings' locations. This ‘Middle Earth’ is 'Aotearoa' to the Maori, and this 'By Request' trip will include both North and South Islands. Included in the itinerary will be a Gannet colony, a Yellowstone-style thermal area near Rotorua, and the art deco of Napier on North Island. On South island you'll photograph waterfalls, pristine blue lakes, old growth forests, mountain ranges, and a glacier. Also included on the trip is Wellington, Mount Cook, Tekapo, Dunedin, Taiaroa Head, Te Anau, Doubtful Sound, Queenstown, plus the Albatross in flight, Yellow-Eyed Penguins and other seabirds. As with all of our photography tours, early and late shooting is scheduled for each day.


Our itinerary . . .
But first things first! We suggest that you set your camera's clock to the local time, as your images will then synchronize with the times in our included photo tour field notes.


April 23rd  |  To Rotorua via Muriwai Beach
Post breakfast-time rendezvous in Auckland. Muriwai Beach Gannet colony, windsurfers and coast. On south via Hamilton and Cambridge. Lake Rotorua.
Rotorua, 1 night

April 24th  |  To Napier
Lake Rotorua, Redwood grove, Wai-O-Tapu thermal area, Lake Taupo, Waipunga Falls, Napier art deco and ocean front.
Napier, 1 night

April 25th  |  To Wellington
Cape Kidnappers, Te Mata Peak, Dannevirk, Pukarua Bay/Tasman Sea vistas, and Wellington harbour.
Wellington, 1 night

April 26th   |  To Murchison, South Island via Cook Strait ferry
Wellington, Ferry across Cook Strait to South Island, Queen Charlotte Drive/Sound, Mahau Sound, Nelson, and Murchison.
Murchison, 1 night

April 27th, 28th and 29th  |  Fox Glacier
27th: Hope saddle, Owen River, Buller River, Inangahua, Cape Foulwind, Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki, sea stacks, Franz Josef village.
28th/29th: Fox Glacier [the glacier], Lake Matheson, Minnehaha rain forest, Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, Gillespie beach.
Fox Glacier, 3 nights

April 30th  |  To Queenstown
Knights Point, Gates of Haast [Haast Pass], Haast River, waterfalls, Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka, Cardrona, Cardrona Pass
Queenstown, 1 night

May 1st  |  To Te Anau
Lake Wakatipu, Glenorchy, Paradise Valley [Lord of the Rings], Queenstown, Kingston Flyer [steam train], Lake Te Anau.
Te Anau, 1 night

May 2nd  |  Doubtful Sound
Te Anau lookout, Manapouri, Lake Doubtful Sound
Doubtful Sound, 1 night

May 3rd  |  To the Otago Peninsula
Manapouri, cross country drive, Otago Harbour.
Portobello, 1 night

May 4th  |  To Twizel
Taiaroa Head, Albatross in flight, Yellow-eyed penguin sanctuary, Dunedin, Moeraki harbour, Moeraki Boulders, Moeraki lighthouse, Oamaru, Maori rock art
Twizel, 1 night

May 5th  |  To Christchurch
Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook, Tasman Valley, Mount John, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch. The included dinner on the last night of our photography tour will feature an 'It's You!' presentation of clients in action on this tour by John.
Christchurch, 1 night

May 6th  |  Departure day
As there isn't any photography scheduled for the day of departure on this trip, your flight home can be arranged for any time today. Transport to the airport is included unless you’re staying on for a day or more.


Photo Tour Photographer/Leader: John Baker, Travel Images Photography Tours
The preceding itinerary is a copyrighted work by John Baker Photographer LLC, and Travel Images Photography Tours


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Do you need a Visa for travel to New Zealand?
Travelers from all countries can do a quick check of visa requirements here or here
Our international clients may need to contact the embassy of their intended destination in their own country for a visa. Go here or here


Photography Tour Cost, Deposit, Cancellation Policy and Enrollment Guidance


Trip Cost: $6,383 USD per person not including airfare. A 5% discount is applied to all double occupancies. A single room supplement is required for single occupancy

Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip


Single Cabin Occupancy on Doubtful Sound Cruise: $273


The deposit for this photography tour is $400. Make a deposit, or pay your tour balance here


Cancellation policy: Go here

Enrollment guidance: Go here


Included in the Trip Cost: The following items are included in the trip cost . . .

  • Photography instruction throughout the trip by John

  • All accommodations with private facilities [en-suite]

  • All breakfasts

  • Lunch on day one of the trip

  • Dinner on the last night of the trip

  • On-vehicle snacks and bottled water

  • All ground transportation

  • Airport pick-up on day 1, and drop-off on departure day. Arrival prior to day 1 is not included

  • Entrance fees for sites and activities listed below under ‘Admissions Included’

  • Following the trip you'll receive detailed field notes describing the time, place and subject of each photo stop, plus image uploads to a private web page of clients 'in action' on the trip

Not Included in the Trip Cost: The costs for these items are the responsibility of each participant . . .

  • Airfare

  • Travel costs between your home and the gateway airport and return

  • Any transportation or travel costs incurred prior to or after the tour’s inclusive dates

  • Pre-tour and/or post-tour accommodation

  • Lunches and dinners except for lunch on day one of the trip, and dinner on the last night of the trip

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Entrance fees or costs related to optional sites or activities not included in the itinerary

  • Baggage fees

  • Medical expenses

  • Personal items such as the hotel mini-bar, laundry et cetera

  • Incidental charges incurred at our accommodations such as movie rentals, internet and phone

  • Travel insurance

  • Passport or visa expenses

  • Airport departure taxes, if applicable

Admissions Included in the Trip Cost:

  • Wai-O-Tapu thermal area, overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound, the Yellow-Eyed Penguin colony, the Moeraki Boulders, Maori rock art and are included in the trip fees

  • Any other admissions such as a helicopter ride to see Mount Cook et cetera, are optional and not included


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