April 11 - 20, 2018

August 7 - 16, 2018

April 10 - 19, 2019

August 6 - 15, 2019

Travel, Landscape, Seascape, Nightscape and Nature Photography


  1. -10 Days

  2. -Only 4-8 Guests

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -4 Star Hotels

  5. -Breakfasts

  6. -2 Dinners

  7. -Local Transportation



New Zealand

Wanaka, Aoraki, Arthur’s Pass, Mount Aspiring, Queenstown


Prepare yourself for one of the worlds most beautiful countries.

New Zealand Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Considered one of the most beautiful countries in the world, be prepared for New Zealand to knock your socks off! Sparsely populated and seemingly a million miles away from civilization, the West Coast offers some of New Zealand’s most ruggedly beautiful scenery – from dense primeval forests and scarred mining settlements, to glaciers and pounding surf beaches.

Defined by the wild Tasman Sea and the Southern Alps, the West Coast is like nowhere else in New Zealand. The far extremities of the coast have a remote, end-of-the-road feel, from sleepy Karamea surrounded by farms butting up against Kahurangi National Park, to the southern end of State Hwy 6, gateway to NZ's World Heritage areas. In between is an alluring combination of wild coastline, rich wilderness, and history in spades. Built on the wavering fortunes of gold, coal and timber, the stories of Coast settlers are hair-raising. A hardy and individual breed, they make up less than 1% of NZ’s population, scattered around almost 9% of its land area.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity. 

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a more inspiring location to express your creativity than New Zealand’s West Coast.


Group Size

4-8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Moderate schedule

Travel by car or minibus

Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)

Photographer | Guides

Crystal Hutchinson  |  April 11-20, 2018

Crystal Hutchinson  |  August 7-16, 2018

Crystal Hutchinson  |  April 10-19, 2019

Crystal Hutchinson  |  August 6-15, 2019

Weather | Sun

April - Temps 60/41 F  15/5 C  Sunrise 7:18 | Sunset 6:14 (18:14)

August - Temps 50/32 F  10/0 C  Sunrise 7:33 | Sunset 6:04 (18:04)


Landscape, seascape, nightscape travel and nature photography

Professional photographer | guide

Focus on “long exposure” photography

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

4 star hotels (except in remote locations)


2 Dinners

Local transportation


Christchurch - The George Christchurch, Heritage Christchurch or similar

Greymouth - Coleraine Motel, Rosewood Bed & Breakfast or similar

Wanaka - Wanaka Springs Lodge, Heritage Boutique Lake Resort or similar

Mount Cook National Park - Fox Glacier Lodge or similar

Queenstown - Hotel St Moritz - MGallery Collection, Heritage Queenstown or similar

Travel Information

International Arrival Airport: Christchurch International Airport (CHC) - Transfer time to hotel (30-45min)

Departure Airport: Queenstown Airport (ZQN)

Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at checkout on the last day.

Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.



Photo Adventure Vacation | April 11-20, 2018:  $6,495

Photo Adventure Vacation | August 7-16, 2018:  $6,495

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 10-19, 2019:  $7,195

Photo Adventure Vacation | August 6-15, 2019:  $7,195

Single Supplement:  $1100

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room:  $300

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room:  $300

Deposit:  $1000


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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.


Day 1 | Christchurch

We meet in the afternoon at our hotel in Christchurch where we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. Afterwards, in the evening we will celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite local restaurants. (D)

Day 2 | Christchurch - Arthurs Pass National Park - Motukiekie Rocks

We depart in the morning from Christchurch we make our way over towards the West Coast to shoot our first sunset at Motukiekie Rocks, during the drive there we pass through Arthurs Pass National Park, Devils Punchbowl Waterfall is along the way where we’ll stop to shoot. (B)

Day 3 | Franz Josef Glacier - Lake Matheson

From Motukiekie (Greymouth accom) we’ll then continue on down the West Coast towards Lake Matheson for sunset, on the way we will stop in at Franz Josef Glacier. (B)

Day 4 | Lake Matheson - Mount Aspiring National Park - Wanaka

Sunrise at Lake Matheson before we hit the road again towards Wanaka to shoot “The Wanaka Tree” for sunset. On the way to Wanaka we will be driving through Mount Aspiring National Park , we’ll be stopping over to shoot Fantail Falls, Thunder Creek Falls and The Blue Pools (B)

Day 5 | Wanaka - Mount Aspiring National Park - Lake Tekapo

Sunrise at the Wanaka Tree and lots more exploring to be had in and around Wanaka / Mt Aspiring National Park before the drive towards Lake Tekapo to photograph the Church of the Good Shepard for sunset and some astro. Tekapo has one of the darkest skies in the world! (B)

Day 6 | Mt Cook - Aoraki National Park - Lake Pukaki - Hooker Lake

From Tekapo we’re just around the corner from Mt Cook. We’ll start the day with a sunrise at the Church of the Good Shepard before moving onto Mount Cook / Aoraki National Park, where we will stop along the way to admire the turquoise water of Lake Pukaki and then head into Hooker Lake Track to shoot sunset of Mt. Cook at Hooker Lake. (B)

Day 7 | Aoraki National Park - Arrowtown - Queenstown - Glenorchy

Sunrise in Aoraki National Park before moving on towards Arrowtown, a gorgeous little Town with a big personality! This place is stunning in Autumn time and is the main attraction for photographers during the fall season! After we check out Arrowtown we’ll move on towards Queenstown and Glenorchy and shoot sunset.. (B)

Day 8 | Queenstown - Milford Sound

Shoot sunrise in Queenstown before the long but stunning drive to Milford Sound, where we well shoot sunset. (B)

Day 9 | Queenstown - Glenorchy

We head back to Queenstown for discussions about our trip, editing, etc. In the evening we will set out for a sunset shoot around Queenstown, Glenorchy (just outside of Queenstown). After we will prepare for our wonderful “Farewell Dinner”, with great fun and laughter as we discuss all the highlights of the trip. (B) (D)

Day 10 | Queenstown

We will have our final group discussion, review our past week’s photos, trade contact information and say goodbye. We urge you to extend your stay on the New Zealand or Australia (if that’s where you are connecting) and practice all the photography skills you learned on this Photo Workshop Adventure. (B)

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®

  Options and Benefits

Private Guided Tours & Adventures

We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Click here to request a quote. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.

Travel Insurance

We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to get a free quote.

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Gift Certificates

Give someone you know a Gift Certificate, good toward any of our Photo Adventures, Photo Tours, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautifully personalized eGift Certificates are delivered to you electronically. They are fully transferable and have a 2 year expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 to $5000. It makes a great gift for anyone who loves photography, travel or adventure. Order now, or email for more information.

Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials

We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.

Combination Tours

You can SAVE by combining two or more back-to-back photo adventures. Call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.

Loyalty Club**

All registered guests on 6 day or longer Photo Adventures are automatically enrolled in our Loyalty Club. You will receive a $200 discount on your next Photo Adventure. After attending just 3 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Gold” status and a $300 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. After attending 6 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Elite” status and a $500 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. Elite status guests also receive other benefits such as additional discounts, special offers, room upgrades (when available), and more. Click here to learn more.

**LOYALTY CLUB: Loyalty discounts only apply to 6 day or longer Photo Adventures. The discount is applied to the Photo Adventure fee when booked directly through our website, and cannot be added to or combined with any “pay in full”, “pay in advance” or “discounted specials”. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Your discount will be applied to your final payment. Only one discount per person, per adventure. This discount has no cash value. Polar Adventures are excluded from this offer. Loyalty Club status will be eliminated after 3 years of inactivity.  

NOTE: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, travel to and from our destinations, airport transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless it is not offered in our hotel package. As is standard in the travel industry, all accommodations are based on double occupancy. Please choose the private room / single supplement option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if you are traveling with a guest. We reserve the right to change events and schedules throughout the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Our number one priority is always the safety of our group.

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