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.
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.
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.
More information about New Zealand
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.
Why travel with us?
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.