9 Day New Zealand South Island Tour - July 2019

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Develop your skills as a photographer, build an incredible portfolio, and immerse yourself in the varied landscapes of New Zealand’s Winter. This nine day photo tour in July 2019 is for amateur, aspiring and professional photographers alike, and promises to expose you to some of the world’s most pristine wilderness.

Our goal is for you to visit and photograph more locations than any other workshop in New Zealand at an extremely competitive rate. You will get to see many of New Zealand's most iconic sites over the duration of this photo tour, such as Lake Tekapo, Mount Cook National Park, that ‘famous’ Wanaka tree, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Nugget Point, The Catlins Forrest, Dunedin & Moeraki. You will photograph sunrises, sunsets, waterfalls, glaciers, and astrophotography/the Southern Lights if conditions are right.

Your guides are not just expert landscape photographers; New Zealand born tour leader Hamish Stubbs, together with Dale Sharpe from DK Photography have plenty of local knowledge and will be able to guide you to some of New Zealand's best locations, allowing you to take some unique images and eye-catching imaged to add to your photographic portfolio. At each destination, your photography guides will be on hand to ensure that you are making the most of the lighting available, with guidance with settings, composition and framing, and for those wanting to advance their skills - focus stacking and exposure bracketing, so that you return home with incredible images you can be proud of. Post-processing is an important part of creating enviable photographs, so your guides will be able to lead you through post processing to ensure your images are the best they can be on days when the ‘Long White Cloud’ becomes the ‘Long Grey Cloud’. 

Dates: 2nd - 10th July, 2019

New Zealand South Island Itinerary 

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Day 1 - Christchurch to Lake Tekapo

You will make your own travel arrangements to Christchurch (if you need any assistance, we have Andrea from Flight Centre Corporate to assist with individual travel arrangements), where you will be picked up at approx. 10am by the Dream Photography Workshop team leader’s, Dale and Hamish. 

Once we have everyone on board, we will set our sights to Lake Tekapo for sunset. The scenic drive to Lake Tekapo will offer remarkable views of turquoise coloured lakes to the mountainous drama of the Southern Alps. Arriving at Lake Tekapo for sunset, tour leader’s will guide you through your photography at the Church of Good Shepherd. After sunset we will head back to our hotel and regroup for our first dinner together.

Lake Tekapo is known for it's clear nights and lack of light pollution, making it a great viewing destination of the Milky Way. If we are lucky enough to have clear skies after dinner, we will set out again for some astrophotography.

Day 2 & 3 - Mount Cook National Park

After breakfast on our second day we will depart Lake Tekapo and make our way toward Mount Cook (Aoraki). On the way, we will stop off at the famous Peters Lookout for our first glimpse of New Zealand’s tallest mountain. 

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is alpine in the purest sense. With sky scraping peak and glaciers all set under a star-studded sky. Once we reach our accommodation in Mount Cook Village, we will check weather conditions, and set off to Hooker Lake or Tasman Glacier. Over the next 48 hours, we will be photographing the raging rapids that lead toward Mount Cook in the hooker Valley, as well as hiking to photograph the icebergs in Tasman Glacier. This is a relatively easy hike to both destinations, that require a low - medium level of fitness. If conditions are right, we will also be photographing Mount Cook from Peters Lookout, and other various areas from around the Nation Park.

If you choose to, we can arrange a helicopter flight for you over Mount Cook (at an extra cost).

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Day 4 - Mount Cook to Wanaka

On your fourth day we will make an early start and hit the road towards Wanaka, and checking in at our accommodation. We will enjoy lunch by the lake. We will make our way to the famous Wanaka tree for sunset, and again for sunrise in the morning. Fingers crossed for some clear skies, as we hope to capture the Milky Way above the Wanaka tree that night.

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Day 5 - Wanaka to Queenstown

On day five we will head back to the Wanaka tree for those that want another chance to photograph it at sunrise, and then make our way to Queenstown. Once we arrive in Queenstown and have checked into our accommodation we will grab a bite to eat at the famous Ferg Burger. This is a rite of passage in Queenstown. We will then all jump back in the van and head north to Glenorchy where we can photograph the remains of an old jetty and the willow trees that sit out in the lake. This is one of our favourite places to capture moody, long exposures. It is also a chance to shoot the Glenorchy Jetty. Fingers crossed we get the opportunity to shoot the elusive Southern Lights.

After sunset we will head back to Queenstown and have dinner at Dale & Hamish’s favourite local restaurant.

Day 6 - Queenstown to Milford Sound

On day six we will aim to get away nice and early so we can make it to Milford Sound in a timely manner and show you some of the sights along the way. There is no easy way to say it, but it will require some driving to get there. Most workshops in NZ exclude this part of the journey, but how could you miss visiting one of the most beautiful and photogenic locations in New Zealand, if not the world?!

Once we get you checked into your accommodation we will head down to the foreshore of Milford Sound and get you set up and ready to capture sunset in this stunning location. We want to make sure that you get the most out of your New Zealand trip, so you will be staying in Milford Sound overnight so you don’t have to make the three hour return journey back here from Te Anau for sunrise in the morning, giving you two opportunities to shoot here.

Day 7 - Milford Sound to Catlins Forrest Park

 On day seven we make the drive from Milford Sound to where no other workshop will take you - the Catlins Forest Park. This lush green rainforest offers some of the best waterfall images you will ever see come out of New Zealand. For sunset at the infamous Nugget Point - one of the best locations for long exposures if its cloudy, or we stick around for some astrophotography if there are clear skies.


Day 8 - Catlins Forrest Park to Dunedin

On our eighth day we will head back to Nugget Point (easy - medium level 20 minute walk) and photograph the sunrise and more of the waterfalls around the Catlins Forrest Park (40 minutes return), and in the afternoon we will make our way back up to Dunedin to St Clairs beach and photograph the remains of the old jetty. This will be a good chance to guide you through some seascape techniques we use to get that perfect water movement.

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Day 9 - Dunedin to Moeraki to Christchurch

 On our ninth and final day we will make our way before dawn from Dunedin to the famous Moeraki boulders for more seascapes at sunrise.

After we finish our last photography session we will make the final drive to Christchurch by 2-3pm. This drive is the perfect time to ask Dale and Hamish any last questions you might have before we all depart ways and say our last goodbyes.

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Included in your workshop

  • Two professional photography guides

  • Transportation in comfortable bus with plenty of space for you and all your photography gear

  • Comfortable accomodation located within close proximity to shoot locations

  • All breakfasts

Not Included

  • Transport to and from New Zealand

  • Daily lunches & dinners

  • Alcohol, beverages and snacks

2019 New Zealand Winter Workshop Tour Leaders


Cancellation policy and refunds

We strongly recommend you to get a Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance policy after booking your trip. If you are unable to make the workshop for any reason, you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the workshop:

Full payment required 120 days from workshop start date
50% refund prior to this

Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.


The tour is always dependent on weather, as weather can be highly unpredictable. Dream Photography Workshops cannot guarantee the conditions for photography, including aurora and astrophotography. Tour leaders will do their utmost to make the most of the situation if bad weather occurs by doing post processing tutorials.

A low - medium level of fitness is required for this trip. As with all landscape photography we will spend a fair amount of time outdoors. Due to the nature of the New Zealand weather, we recommend winter clothing (waterproof and insulated). Twin share accommodation - Dream Photography Workshops will do their utmost to pair you with a suitable person of the same sex where possible. If you require a single supplement, please contact us for pricing.  

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