New Zealand Workshop
21 May - 1 Jun 2024
11 Days /
Queenstown, New Zealand
Max 6-8 participants
All skill levels
Easy / Moderate
Type of Tour: Small Group
Lead Photographers: Andy Yee + Carmel Boyd
Cost: $6350 USD
Come and explore the south Island of New Zealand from the mountains to the miles of pristine coastline. Join Andy Yee and fellow Sony Photographer Carmel Boyd for 10 days aimed at putting you in front of the most epic south island landscapes and settings optimal for perfect light (or astrophotography!)
New Zealand Itinerary
Day 1 - Queenstown
Arrival in Queenstown on the South Island. A perfect place to start our workshop which can be easily accessed by Queenstown International airport (ZQN). We will have a welcome dinner to meet and prepare the group for the trip.
Day 2 - Wanaka
With a great reputation for food and wine, the lively town of Wanaka also has the stunning backdrop of snow capped mountains and the crystal clear of Lake Wanaka. Here you will have the opportunity to photograph the famous Wanaka Tree, only a short walk from the foreshore of town with the possibility of shooting astrophotography.
Day 3 & 4 - Mt Cook
During our time at Mt Cook we will cover multiple locations including the near by Lake Pukaki, Tasman Glacier and Hooker Lake. Our longest walk of the trip will include the 10km easy-moderate walk along the Hooker Valley track.
*Optional Extra - There may be an opportunity to do a scenic flight of the area as part of our workshop. This will be an optional exercise that is not included in the cost of the workshop and will be weather dependant.
Day 5 - Tekapo
Your chance to capture a shot of the famous Church of the Good Shepard. Situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo with stunning glacial blue waters as your backdrop. The possibility of capturing the Milky Way over the church is also possible if clear skies are forecast!
Day 6 - Moeraki Boulders
We will head to the South Islands East coast to Koekohe Beach where we will be shooting the Moereki Boulders. Some of these spherical boulders are up to 2m high, and with the ocean tide surrounding them they make for a perfect seascape opportunity. Katiki Lighthouse has a large seal colony and variety of wildlife that we can observe up close.
Day 7 - Nugget Point
Nugget Point provides panoramic views over the Catlins Coastline with NZ oldest lighthouse sitting high up on the point and surround by dozens of rocks situated in the ocean below. Dolphins and seals can also be spotted playing and sunbaking around the rocks below!
Day 8 - The Catlins
Driving through the native forests of the Catlin, we will head to multiple waterfalls including McLean Falls, Matai Falls, horseshoe falls and Purakaunui Falls all is which are a short easy walk from each carpark.
Day 9 & 10 - Milford Sound
The West Coast’s Fiordland will be one of the major highlights of the trip! Carved by glaciers, you’ll find yourself surrounded the fiord’s cliff’s, mountain peaks and waterfalls as high as 1000 meters. There are multiple photo opportunities not only from land but during our morning boat cruise along the glacials waters and past the iconic Mitre Peak.
Day 11 - Queenstown
Photograph the iconic Glenorchy Boathouse and the Three Sister on Lake Wakatipu while surrounded by the stunning mountains of the Southern Alps. We will conclude our workshop back in Queenstown at the end of the day.
* This set of images by co-lead Carmel Boyd
New Zealand Arrangements
There will be time during the workshop for critique and photo editing sessions. During the workshop, there will be time to go over post-processing to help you create images that pack a punch. Our photographers will sit down with you to assist your selection process, Lightroom and Photoshop workflows and techniques, and develop your best images, so you can showcase the finest the south island has to offer.
The trip is suitable for the photographer with basic knowlege through to expert level.
Group size will be maximum 6-8 people. Cost will cover 11 nights accommodation, ground transport, park entrances fees and all breakfast + dinner meals.
When we aren't leaving in the dark to shoot sunrise, breakfast and dinners will be provided. All meals will be offered, but lunch and drinks will be up to you. Please do let us know if you have any dietary requirements and we will most certainly try and accommodate any requests. We will be staying in three-star or greater hotels during our trip. Each hotel has been selected for their value and offers a comfortable stay in spacious modern and well-equipped rooms. All rooms on the workshop will be provided as single occupancy.
* 2 professional photography guides
* 11 nights accommodation
* Single Room Occupancy
* All breakfast and dinners (when available)
* Transportation in private cars
* All entrance fees to photography locations
* Post-Processing sessions during the tour
* Airfare to/from Queenstown New Zealand
* Scenic flights (if available)
* Alcoholic beverages
* Travel insurance
* Equipment and baggage insurance
* Visas (if applicable)
To reserve your spot for this workshop, a deposit of $1000 (USD) can be made via Paypal.
Remaining workshop tuition amount will be due 60 days before workshop. A reminder invoice will be sent out 90 days before the workshop commencement
Tour will be guided by professional photographers Andy Yee and Carmel Boyd.
Andy Yee is a professional photographer who specializes in travel/tourism, architecture and commercial projects. He is a Sony Digital Imaging Advocate and the winner of the Sony Alpha Landscape Award. Andy has travelled extensively in all seasons of the year and worked on projects with several tourism agencies and publications.
Carmel Boyd is a Hobart based landscape photographer with a passion for capturing the unique scenes Tasmania has to offer. After moving from Queensland to Tasmania in early 2017, she was blown away by the diversity the Tasmanian landscape has to offer and began travelling the state in search of the next sunrise location, snowy mountains, beautiful seascapes or capturing the night sky while shooting astrophotography. Having also travelled extensively around the world, she has a love for capturing landscapes, cultures and experiences through travel photography.