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New Zealand Photo Tour – 25th -31st Oct 2016 ($3,347)

The New Zealand Photo Tour highlights: The South Island of New Zealand, also known by the Maoris as Te Wai Pounamu or Water of Greenstone, is a place with amazing scenery. New Zealand usually experiences good weather during Spring as the countryside explodes with life as this Island starts to come back to life after the cold harsh Winter. This is the perfect time to enjoy New Zealand’s manny photographic opportunities due to the settled weather and cooler days.

How can you win the $1,000 Cash Prize ?

All you have to do is book your place and pay your deposit by May 31st to be in with a chance to win the cash. You’ll have a 1 in 9 chance of winning this fantastic prize. The winner will be drawn and the prize will be awarded after dinner on our first night at Tekapo Lake. So yes, you’ll receive $1,000 in crisp $100 bills. So if you have been thinking about joining Danny on this awesome tour of New Zealand’s south island, now is the time to book.

::  DSLR Camera with lens/lenses

::  Spare batteries, there will be long days with plenty of shooting

::  A sturdy tripod

::  Remote shutter release

::  Filters if you have them (Polariser/Graduated/Neutral Density)

::  Laptop (Theres an option to cover some post production)

::  Good walking shoes

::  Wet weather gear & a compact umbrella (rain will not hold us back)

::  Your creative brain

The weather can change very quickly in New Zealand, we recommend some warm clothing but as always in these places layers are best.

::  Comfortable warm clothing

::  Layering your clothing is best. Temperature can change quickly

::  Good supportive boots. Warm an waterproof would be best.

::  Gum boots are also recommended.

We cover a lot of different areas on this tour, some of the shots you expect to get are:

::  Incredible waterfalls

::  Autumn Colours

::  Milform Sound

::  Glenorchy

::  Hidden Gems

It’s very simple to book once you have made your decision to join us on our workshop. Just click on the button above and to the right. You’ll be taken to a book form. Please fill out the booking form and we’ll be in touch very soon to finalise your payment.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email or give us a call on 02 4369 8341



Breakfast, lunch & dinner will be provided each day. except for the final day we will not be supplying dinner as we finish up early in the day.

Meeting time & Place:

Christchurch Airport at (TBA). You will be collected From the airport before heading to Tekapo to check into our hotel.


Day 1 – Tekapo

We’ll be meeting up at Christchurch Airport and heading straight to Tekapo from there. When we arrive at Tekapo we’ll check into Peppers Resort. Once everyone is settled in we’ll catch up for a briefing before catching our first sunset shoot in New Zealand.

Day 2 – Wanaka 

On day 2 we’ll start with a sunrise shoot before heading for breakfast. After breakfast we’ll hit the road and head off on the long drive to Wanaka. We will be stopping along the way before reaching our next hotel which is the Edgewater Resort. Wanaka is a wonderful little town and well know for the beautiful Lake Wanaka and its little tree on the shore.

Day 3 – Queenstown 

One Day 3 we’ll make our way to Queenstown across the Crown Range Road. This happens to be the highest paved road in New Zealand’s South Island. From there we’ll make a couple more stops before checking into our hotel. After lunch we’ll take a drive out to Glenorchy and we’ll make a few stops along the way as we go. The day will end with a sunset shoot in the hear of Queenstown.

Day 4 – Te Anau

For Day 4 we’ll hit the road early and start the long drive to Te Anau. Its an awesome drive with lots to shoot along the way. Te Anau is the gateway to Fiordland. Once we arrive, we’ll check into our hotel and maybe a sunset if we have time, if not we’ll head straight to our favourite steakhouse for a fantastic meal.

Day 5 – Milford Sound

Day 5 is up for grabs at this point in time. Whether we will shoot a sunrise in Te Anau or hit the road early and head to Milford Sound for sunrise will all depend on the weather. Milford Sound is renowned for its relentless rain and moody skies. We’ll make the decision on this one over dinner in Te Anau. Either way, we’ll end up in Milford Sound some time that day and we’ll be checking into the Milford Lodge for the night.

Day 6 – Queenstown

On Day 6 we’ll be starting off with a sunrise shoot at Milford Sound. Its an amazing place with huge mountains rising straight up out of the waters edge. Once we check out of the hotel we’ll begin the drive back to Queenstown. There is so much to shoot on the way back but we’ll try to shoot only the best stuff. The day will finish off with a sunset in Queenstown before dinner.

Tour Summary:

October 2016 ex Sydney

::  Day 1 – Tekapo

::  Day 2 – Lake Wanaka

::  Day 3 – Queenstown

::  Day 4 – Te Anau

::  Day 5 – Milford Sound

::  Day 6 – Queenstown

Included in New Zealand Photo Tour Cost:

Services of 1 professional photographer tour leader, photographic tuition and workshops (suitable for any levels of ability). Travel around New Zealand for the duration of the photo tour will be provided. 4 star accommodation with private bathrooms on twin share / double basis. (except in Milford Sound. Accommodation is very limited and rooms with private bathrooms are subject to availability) All meals are included (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

Not Included in New Zealand Photo Tour Cost:

Flights from Australia to New Zealand & flights from New Zealand to Australia. Alcohol, extra drinks, room service, laundry etc… Gifts, souvenirs and any extra purchases. Travel insurance – a compulsory condition of booking. Camera or other optional insurances are not included.

*Tour itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of Danny Irvine Photography. Please read our T&C for more info.

Why choose one of Danny’s Photo Tours?

By picking one of our landscape photography tours, you have the opportunity to work with an internationally renowned landscape photographer, Danny Irvine . Our pick of locations means depending on your preference, you can capture everything from breath-taking waterfalls, rivers, lakes and snow capped mountain ranges. New Zealand is a truly amazing landscape to photograph and we can guarantee that you’ll come away with some amazing photos from the trip.

Gift Card

Give some one you know a personalised gift towards any of our Photo Tours, Landscape Photography Workshops or Personalised Photography Tours. Vouchers are available in any amount from $100.

Fitness Level

All of our Photo Tours require at least a moderate level of fitness. There are usually no major walks but where possible we would like our guests to be able to walk for about an hour if needed. If a particular tour has a more rigorous walk, you will be notified about this in the tour itinerary. Check with your tour guide before leaving and we can give you a better idea of any special fitness requirements you may need to complete the Tour.

Private Guided Tours

If groups are not for you and you would prefer to travel by yourself or with a group of friends and family then we can accommodate your needs by customizing a Photography Tour to suit your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests.

We also offer private one or two day photo tours and workshops in many of our locations. Please or email us for rates and information.

Travel Services

We now offer international travel services to help you plan and book your travel to and from one or more of our Workshops. Our travel services partner is Kris Heke from Helloworld. Helloworld was recognised as Australia’s ‘Best Travel Agency Group (100 outlets or more)’ at the 2014 Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA). Kris handles all of our backend bookings. Kris offer’s you the same great rates you get online while providing you with world class customer service.

Travel Insurance

Kris Heke our brilliant travel agent can assist you with travel insurance should you need it. Keep in mind travel insurance is a compulsory part of booking any of our Landscape Photography Tours.

What Our Customers Are Saying

Don’t just take it from us, let our customers do the talking!

 “Hi Danny, I just wanted to say a big thank you for the Photoshop Course. I was really impressed with the setup and thought the whole weekend was loads of fun. I learned heaps and it’s nice to understand Layers finally. Now I just need to find the patients to put it all into practice, as I have used Lightroom for so long, so the transition to PS will slow me down a lot. I know with practice though it will be worth it. ”

Sonia - Sydney

 “Hey Danny, I'm just sending you a big thumbs up for your Landscape workshop. What a weekend. I was really happy with how the whole thing was put together. I learned so much and so good to  finally get my head around the whole exposure thing with f/stops and so on. All I have to do now is put it all into practice. I'm already looking forward to doing your next Photoshop Workshop".

Peter - Newcastle

 “Thanks Danny for your awesome 2 day photoshop workshop, you are a great teacher, the content was excellent too and I’ve come away feeling confident about using Photoshop and can’t wait to put what you’ve taught me into practice. I absolutely loved spending time with someone that truly loves photography. Keep doing what you do, you’re a natural talent.”

Marg - Central Coast

Frequently Asked Questions

How many participants will be on the photo tour ?

On a full photo tour we will have 8 participants and 2 photographers. But if we only have 4-6 participants there will only be Danny running the photo tour.

What will the weather be like in October ?

We can expect the weather in New Zealand to be relatively mild in October although we could get a bit of a cold snap too. Temperatures generally hover around 15˚c – 20˚c in the daytime but can drop to 5˚c – 8˚c overnight. Snow is expected to fall between the months of June & November so it is always a possibility. So its best to have warm clothing made up of plenty of layers.

What happens if I need to cancel my booking ?

At the time of booking you will need to pay a 10% deposit to hold your place. If you have to cancel for any reason, you will forfeit your deposit. It is highly recommended that you take out travel insurance at the time of booking your place as this will normally cover you loss of deposit if you need to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances.

How many pairs of hiking boots should I bring ?

We recommend 3 pairs of footwear. One pair of sturdy ankle high hiking boots, one pair of lighter hiking boots, its often nice to have a lighter shoot for the evenings but also a spare pair incase you main boots get wet. We also recommend a pair of gumboots for shooting around rivers and lakes. All pairs of boots need to be spotless clean when entering and leaving New Zealand. If you footwear is not completely free of debris, they may be confiscated but at the very least they will be taken away to be cleaned when you are trying to clear customs. This can hold up the group if this happens, so please be considerate and clean you footwear.

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  • 10% Discount on all Prints
  • 10% Discount on workshops & Tours
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