Photography in New Zealand
New Zealand is a photographer’s dream country. The diversity of the landscapes that can be captured here is unlike anywhere else on earth – the photo opportunities really are endless.
You can drive from an urban centre to the rainforest in the morning, photograph surfers around lunchtime, and then take a helicopter onto a glacier in the afternoon. On top of that you can add the stunning colours of autumn/fall, in several hotspots around the country, the incredible winter sunrises and sunsets over the Southern Alps, and the vast array of wildlife we have here. We’re struggling to think of a better destination for your trip of a lifetime, if photography is your passion. If you’re a keen photographer, check out our blog post, where we’ve covered everything you need to know about photography through the seasons in New Zealand.
Spring Photography Tips…
Spring in New Zealand is roughly September through November. We’d suggest looking out for newly blooming flowers, and also the Southern Lights, to aim your lens at during spring. And Glenorchy, near Queenstown, is a spot we think you’ll get some great shots.
Autumn/Fall Photography Tips…
Autumn/Fall is a great season for capturing really colourful shots. So between the months of March through May we’d suggest taking your camera to Arrowtown – it’s a cute little town near Queenstown, and it has lots of deciduous trees that really put on an impressive autumn/fall show.
Summer Photography Tips…
New Zealand’s summer months are December through February. We’d recommend focusing your camera on the penguins, dolphins, and seals of Milford Sound – and indeed other coastal areas of the South Island – during summer. Optimum viewing for penguins is December, but breeding season is August – February.
Winter Photography Tips…
In winter (June, July, August) so much of the New Zealand landscape is blanketed in snow. For some of the most interesting snow-themed photography opportunities we think heading to Tongariro National Park, to snap a snow-covered volcano, is a great idea.
More Information About New Zealand
These pages are a great place to find more information about New Zealand. Whether you’re a keen hiker, a foodie, a wine-lover, a photographer, or all of the above, these pages are full of useful information.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit New Zealand will often depend on what your priorities are from a visit. Here we’re talking about the seasons and what you can expect.
Walking and Hiking
This page is full of information about the Great Walks we’ll experience on our trips, as well as the other beautiful day walks we’ve chosen to include.
About New Zealand
If you’re not sure where to start in planning your trip to New Zealand, head to this page – it’s the best place to find all sorts of information about New Zealand.
Milford Sound is one of the most famous destinations in New Zealand. Here we’re talking about the gem of the Fiordland National Park, and why it’s so special.
A walking experience that takes in the best of the South Island from top to bottom. From the picture perfect inlets and hidden coves of the Marlborough Sounds, pristine golden sands and lush forest of Abel Tasman, to whale-watching in Kaikoura, the wine country of Queenstown, remote Martins Bay and the grandeur of Milford Sound.
US$7999 + TAX11 Days
When it comes to variety, the North Island delivers superbly. Walk on New Zealand’s ‘wine island’ of Waiheke and the incredible landscapes of Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, take in the volcanic central plateau and Rotorua, take afternoon tea at Chateau Tongariro, and visit Sanctuary Mountain, a remarkable species protection project.
US$3999 + TAX6 Days
The far south of New Zealand is defined by dramatic and beautiful mountain landscapes waiting to be experienced on foot, in the air, and from the water. Relaxing, adventurous and comfortable in a location like no other on the planet – the Wakatipu basin, Fiordland and the Great Walks of New Zealand are all on show in this incredible trip.
US$5999 + TAX10 Days
Pristine New Zealand
Experience both islands in all their grandeur. Geothermal landscapes of the North Island, New Zealand’s ‘wine island’ of Waiheke, and more. Then it’s on to the South Island to explore Queenstown, walk the ‘Great Walks’ of Milford, Routeburn and Kepler, cruise on Milford Sound, jetboat the Dart River, and stay in stunning Glenorchy.
US$8499 + TAX13 Days
Why Travel With Us?
We’re a modest lot us Kiwi’s, but we really are the only New Zealand-based company to offer this level of service and expertise. With over 21 years of experience running life changing trips – we’ve perfected the art of small group travel, and we’ve introduced a slice of world-class elegance that’ll surpass every one of your greatest expectations.
Unbeatable Local Knowledge
Our team have spent their lives immersed in the places we go. Our trip itineraries are created based on our favourite childhood holiday spots, secret hideaways we’ve kept under our hats, the places where we proposed to our spouses, and areas we’ll keep going back to in our free time, for the rest of our lives. It’s made our New Zealand journeys authentic, timeless and beautifully crafted.
First-Class New Zealand Guides
A good guide points out features, provides information and context, and connects the dots on a trip. A first class guide is a host who pours their heart and soul into the trip, takes it personally, and will move heaven and earth make it all come together seamlessly. That doesn’t happen easily – we dedicate ourselves to selecting, training and supporting the absolute best travel leaders in New Zealand.
Superb Food & Wine
New Zealand is firmly on the map when it comes to fine wine and unique, refreshing dining experiences. We showcase the culinary uniqueness and local wines of the regions we visit. To us, they’re an equally important part of the New Zealand experience, complementing our beautiful landscapes perfectly!
Unique experiences in stunning locations
It’s as much about the ‘where’ as it is the ‘what’ when it comes to a beautiful New Zealand experience. We not only walk through stunning landscapes to unforgettable places, but we make sure the journey is dotted with captivating stories, great food & wine and a few surprises that will have you brimming with stories of your own when you return back home.
Adventure at a leisurely pace
What’s the rush? We’ll slip on our best pair of walking shoes and journey into the most beautiful places in New Zealand. And to soak it all in properly, it makes sense to take our time and not necessarily set ourselves challenges that are a race against daylight hours. That means having the choice to walk, explore and escape at a pace that suits you. Slow down, soak it in, breath in the fresh air, properly feel the ground beneath your feet.
20+ Years Experience
Good things take time, including learning to run first class New Zealand journeys. Time to learn and understand how to be amazing hosts, seek out those hidden places that aren’t so easily seen on a map, and bring together every ingredient to create the perfect trip. It’s a journey we’ve taken for the last 20 years, and a path we’ll stay on in pursuit of providing immaculate trips that you’ll never forget.