New Zealand Photography Workshop, May 2019


4th – 13th May 2019

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Welcome to this South Island, New Zealand Landscape Photography Workshop. This workshop has been specially created to allow me and just five workshop photographers to explore, discover and enjoy the stunning sights and sounds that the south island of New Zealand has to offer. I have visited New Zealand on several occasions dating back to 2003.

I have put together a fully comprehensive itinerary with some outstanding locations to visit and photograph and a wonderful array of quality accommodation some including hot tubs and outstanding views. From the mighty snow capped peaks of Mt Cook that stands dominantly at over 12,000ft to the stunning vistas of The Remarkables near Queenstown which featured in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. From the beautiful lakes of Wakatipu, Wanaka, Te Anau, Hawea, Pukaki and Tekapo to the dramatic coastal location of Moeraki with its spherical boulders, some dating back 60 million years, there is something for everyone. Not forgetting of course the jaw dropping beautiful Milford Sound Fiordland National Park and Mitre Peak.


Here is a brief itinerary detailing our schedule. For a more detailed itinerary, please email me at and I will email it to you.


Day 1 – Saturday 4th May 2019
Locations: Christchurch Airport – Oamaru
I land into Christchurch airport days before the workshop starts and I would advise those attending the workshop to do the same to allow for jet lag. I shall collect everyone at 2pm, Christchurch Airport in a comfortable eight seater Hyundai Imax MPV (so plenty of space for luggage, clothing and camera equipment). We will head to Oamaru (3hr journey) stopping off to capture sunrise before arriving at our motel. After we have dropped off our belongings and checked in, we will head out on our ‘get to know each other’ meal at a local restaurant in the town before retiring for the evening.

Day 2 – Sunday 5th May 2019
Locations: Oamaru – Moeraki Boulders – Aoraki Mt Cook National Park – Hooker Glacier Lake
Sunrise start at world famous and fascinating Moeraki Boulders. Back to Oamaru and one of their wonderful cafes for breakfast, check out and venture westwards to the stunning mountainous range of the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and in particular our luxurious hotel for the next two nights, the Hermitage Hotel.

The Aoraki Mt Cook National Park is rich in glacial lakes and 12,000ft mountains. We will have a real opportunity to unwind and spend the next couple of days wandering along maintained gravel tracks to places such as Tasman Lake, Mueller Lake and for our sunset shoot today, the three hours round hiking trip to the extraordinary Glacier Hooker Lake which sits deep within several mountains with calm reflective water offering stunning reflections. An evening meal in the hotel to finish a wonderful day’s photography and travel.

Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand
Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand – Adobe Stock Image


Hooker Lake, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand
Hooker Lake, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand – Adobe Stock Image

Day 3 – Monday 6th May 2019
Locations: Mueller Lake / Lake Pukaki – Aoraki Mt Cook National Park – Tasman Lake
Another pre-dawn start to capture sunrise over either Mueller Lake or Lake Pukaki. Stunning scenery reflected in the calm water is what we are after capturing on camera. Breakfast back at the hotel before venturing out and discovering the area and there is plenty to explore. Sunset will be spent at Tasman Lake before returning back to the hotel for our evening meal.

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand – Adobe Stock Image

Day 4 – Tuesday 7th May 2019
Locations: Lake Pukaki – Glendhu Bay, Wanaka
An early sunrise shoot at Lake Pukaki or if you would rather enjoy a lie in and join us for breakfast later instead, that is absolutely fine. Breakfast back at the hotel before checking out at 10.30am and heading south to Wanaka via the beautiful Lindis Pass.

Lindis Pass is a dramatic road that links the Mackenzie Basin with Central Otago. The actual pass sits at an altitude of 971 metres above sea level and for many months of the year, you can expect to see snow in this mountainous area. Having driven this pass myself, I can confirm that it really is spectacular. We will be stopping off on a couple of occasions to capture the surrounding scenery. On arriving into Wanaka, we will be checking into our hotel accommodation before venturing to Glendhu Bay followed by photographing the world famous tree on the shoreline of Lake Wanaka, just a five minute walk to our shoreline hotel.

Lone Tree, Wanaka, New Zealand
Lone Tree, Wanaka, New Zealand – Adobe Stock Image

Day 5 – Wednesday 8th May 2019
Locations: Wanaka Tree – Bremner Bay – Te Anau
Wanaka is famous for its lone tree in the lake. Positioned close by a car park, we can arrive on location for 7am, spend an hour capturing it at sunrise before breakfast and a visit to Bremner Bay before making the three hour drive to Te Anau via Queenstown.

Day 6 – Thursday 9th May
Locations: Te Anau – Milford Sound Fiordland National Park – Te Anau
Te Anau is the gateway to Milford Sound Fiorland National Park, where the mightily impressive 5,500ft Mitre Peak stands dominantly at the entrance to the Milford Sound bay. Milford Sound is truly an awe-inspiring location, made famous by its fiords but its views are breathtaking. We shall shoot sunrise at Lake Te Anau before breakfast, checking out and taking the gorgeous 118km drive to Milford Sound.

We will take our time exploring this outstanding stretch of road taking in the sights of Mirror Lake, Hollyford Pass, The Chasm and of course Eglinton Valley en-route to Milford Sound. Arriving at Milford Sound around 3pm, we shall spend the last part of daylight photographing the shoreline as the last throws of light disappear.

Once the sun has set, we shall take the drive back to Te Anau where we will be staying at the beautiful Explorer Motel and Apartment for a second night.

Mitre Peak, Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand Landscape Photography Workshops/Tours, Melvin Nicholson Photography
Mitre Peak, Milford Sound Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Day 7 – Friday 10th May 2019
Locations: Te Anau – Bob’s Peak, Queenstown
We start the day with an hour’s photographing the sunrise over Lake Te Anau before stopping off at one of the many cafes in town for a hearty breakfast. Once we have checked out of the motel, we will make our way to the lively and energetic town of Queenstown. This is the party town of New Zealand but for us, we will be staying a couple of miles outside the town centre in the beautiful Heritage Hotel. We will be staying in Queenstown for the next two nights so it will provide us with an excellent base to discover and enjoy the gorgeous scenery.

Once we have arrived and checked into the hotel, we shall be venturing 450 metres up to the top of Queenstown at Bob’s Peak via a gondola where a sunset session from high up over the town will be followed by a meal in the restaurant. This is sure to be an unforgettable way to be introduced to Queenstown.

Queenstown, New Zealand - Adobe Stock Image
Queenstown, New Zealand – Adobe Stock Image

Day 8 – Saturday 11th May 2019
Locations: Queenstown – Glenorchy – Bennett’s Bluff
While the town sleeps, we shall rise and be positioned on the shoreline of Lake Wakatipu at 7am ready for sunrise and the first light illuminating the peaks of Walter and Cecil. Back to the hotel for breakfast before taking the breathtaking 45 minute drive to Glenorchy.

Glenorchy is a rustic town surrounded by magnificent snow-capped mountains, pristine lakes and rivers, ancient beech forests and at the edge of Mount Aspiring and Fiordland national parks, the frontier town of Glenorchy has provided the backdrop for many films, including The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

We shall spend the day in and around this area including a visit to Blennet’s Bluff en-route back to the hotel after the sun has set. If you would prefer to spend a leisurely 90 minutes on the 105 year old beautiful coal fired TSS Earnslaw steamship around Lake Wakatipu, the cost is £35.00. This will be a day to remember as we immerse ourselves in some stunning landscape photography.

Glenorchy, Lake Wakatipu, Otago, New Zealand
Glenorchy, Lake Wakatipu, Otago, New Zealand – Adobe Stock Image
Snow Capped Walter's Peak, Queenstown, New Zealand
Snow Capped Walter’s Peak, Queenstown, New Zealand

Day 9 – Sunday 12th May 2019
Locations: Queenstown – Lake Hawea/Lake Wanaka – Fox Glacier
Our penultimate day will see us capturing sunrise over Lake Wakatipu, surely the best way to spend a Sunday morning. After breakfast and check out at the hotel, we will head towards Fox Glacier stopping off at Lake Hawea for a quick photography session en-route. The four hour journey to Fox Glacier is very picturesque but the views that await us at the stunning Lake Matheson for sunset will be epic. This beautiful lake offers up reflections of the 12,000ft Mt Cook and a low setting sun will illuminate the mountains perfectly (see photo below).

Our final evening together to relax and enjoy recently forged friendships on what will be an amazing recital of our experiences in New Zealand. To finish off a fantastic workshop, a walk to see the glow worms on the Minnehaha Walk nearby. Sounds just about perfect to me.

Mt Cook, Matheson Lake, New Zealand
Mt Cook, Matheson Lake, New Zealand – Adobe Stock Image

Day 10 – Monday 13th May 2019
Locations: Lake Matheson –
Our final full day in New Zealand will start back at Lake Matheson which after last night’s sunset shoot, should give us an perfect opportunity to capture the mountains reflected in the water. After check out of the hotel and hearty breakfast in one of the cafes in town, we will head to Christchurch Airport via the stunning Arthur’s Pass.

Having completed this journey solo myself, I know that New Zealand will not only change your perception on landscape photography but it will change your life. It did mine the moment I landed in New Zealand way back in the April of 2003 and again in April 2008 with a camera in hand.

If you are seeking an experience of a lifetime in a country that will have you pine for it long, long after you step foot on the plane to return home, New Zealand is THE country and this IS the workshop to experience it. I hope you can join me.


Flights are not included in the tour price and cost between £750 to £100 from Manchester to Christchurch including a 7kg cabin and 30kg hold luggage allowance.

I shall be flying with Emirates and landing a few days before the workshop starts followed by staying on in New Zealand a further eleven days after the workshop.

I will be collecting all five workshop attendees at 2pm from Christchurch Airport Saturday 4th May 2019.


Our mode of transport for this tour is a new eight seater Hyundai Imax MPV (or similar). This will ensure that there is plenty of space for us all including luggage, clothing and camera equipment.


Click on the hotels below to be directed to their website 

Day 1: Saturday 4th May 2019 
Oamaru, ASURE Ambassador Motor Lodge

Day 2: Sunday 5th May 2019
Mt Cook, Hermitage Hotel

Day 3: Monday 6th May 2019
Mt Cook, Hermitage Hotel

Day 4: Tuesday 7th May 2019
Wanaka, Edgewater Hotel

Day 5: Wednesday 8th May 2019
Te Anau, Explorer Motel and Apartments

Day 6: Thursday 9th May 2019
Te Anau, Explorer Motel and Apartments

Day 7: Friday 10th May 2019
Queenstown, Heritage Hotel

Day 8: Saturday 11th May 2019
Queenstown, Heritage Hotel

Day 9: Sunday 12th May 2019
Fox Glacier, Te Weheka Boutique Hotel