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12th November – 23rd November 2018 (German as a first language)

26th November – 7th December 2018 (English as a first language)

The southern area of New Zealand is one of the most astounding landscapes on Earth and its diversity has long been a magnet for landscape photographers. Join Fuji X-Pert and Rocky Nook author Rico Pfirstinger on the trip of a lifetime as we journey through both the highlights and the hidden gems of the South Island. Assisting him will be New Zealand landscape photographer and guide Rob Brown and Lightroom whizz and landscape photographer Andreas Waldeck.


No matter what your level of photographic experience, this tour will provide the opportunities to grow your creativity as we explore three of New Zealand's National Parks as well as unique areas like the Catlins Coastline. Along the way we'll get to photograph everything from New Zealand's highest mountains and glaciers, through to rainforest and exquisite limestone coastal formations through to the delicate beauty of alpine flowers in the spring.


November is a great time for photography with the weather often changing and creating dramatic light. Going on a tour with an experienced guide is the best way to ensure you end up in the right place at the right time at these amazing locations.

PRICE $7,995 NZD including GST.

(Includes all accomodation based on a twin share, breakfast and lunch, transport, guiding and photographic tuition. Single room supplement available at time of booking)

Booking through New Zealand Photography Workshops.

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This workshop is primarily for people working with the Fuji X System or thinking of changing over to the Fuji System. A highlight of this workshop is that we will have the new medium format Fuji GFX 50S camera that participants can try on location.


We will try to maximise our time in the field with these workshops but there will also be time to go through all the basic camera settings, shortcuts, accessories and sensor cleaning methods as well as RAW editing and its tricks. More in depth tuition will also be available on exposure strategies, ISOless photography, dynamics enhancement and DR function, HDR, autofocus tips & tricks, Settings & white balance, camera remote control or Fuji's new flash system – nothing is left out and a Fuji X Secrets Workshop goes well beyond Rico's popular camera books to unlock the full power of these mirrorless cameras. 

Above Lake Wanaka



We meet in Queenstown mid-morning and travel north to Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, the home of New Zealand’s highest mountains. It’s the perfect time for photographing these mountains, with late spring meaning that many of the alpine flowers are at their best and the mountains are still fresh with winter snow. We’ll spend two nights here at our comfortable accommodation and there will be the opportunity for aerial photography over the mountains as well as exploring the park. In the evenings we’ll have access to a room for presentations on the finer points of the Fuji system.




We spend all day in the National Park with a visit to the Hooker Valley and Tasman Glacier areas. We'll also get time in the middle of our day to go through the Fuji X system and the new GFX Medium format camera from Fuji.




In the morning we continue to explore the many photographic opportunities of the Tasman Valley. In the afternoon we drive through to the historic coastal town of Oamaru before heading to the coast in search of penguins and diverse coastal landscapes.




From our convenient accommodation we get an early morning shoot in at the famous Moeraki Boulders before continuing south to Dunedin. We have lunch here and a short break to see the city before heading down to the wild Catlins Coast and Rainforest Park. We'll stay two nights here to photograph the amazing diversity of this hidden part of New Zealand.



The day starts with a sunrise shot at the Nugget Point Lighthouse. As the day progresses we will get the opportunity to photograph everything from wild beaches to lush rainforest at a variety of locations.




The journey continues south to the wild and windswept south coast of the Catlins before heading inland to Lake Te Anau. Here we'll get a chance to relax and photograph some of the gems close to Te Anau before the overnight trip into Doubtful Sound.



An early morning start sees us boarding the boat across Lake Manapouri and the remote Doubtful Sound. Here we will travel into the heart of Fiordland, the largest National Park in New Zealand and experience all the grandeur and serenity of this magic place. We overnight on this boat in well appointed cabins and there are numerous activities and photographic opportunities on the cruise around the sound.



We finish our journey on Doubtful Sound and travel back to Te Anau. In the afternoon we drive along the spectacular road into Milford Sound. We spend the night here and get a chance to photograph Mitre Peak and Milford Sound.




After an early morning shoot in Milford Sound we travel through to Queenstown. We spend the night here and explore the numerous photographic opportunities around Queenstown and Glenorchy.


DAY 10


After an early morning shoot in the around Queenstown, we travel through to Lake Wanaka. Here we will spend our final two days based in the beautiful town of Wanaka. The afternoon sees us heading out to an area of wild highlands where we can photograph the changing light over one of the most spectacular panoramas in the South Island.

DAY 11

We spend all day exploring the numerous opportunities around Wanaka. In the middle of the day there will be the opportunity for more post processing tuition as well as reviewing the photographs we have made in the last 10 days.


DAY 12

A final opportunity for an early sunrise shoot before we travel over the Crown Range once more and our guides will drop you off back at Queenstown Airport for any connecting flights.

Mount Cook Buttercups, Hooker Valley, Aoraki/Mt Cook

Nugget Point Lighthouse, Catlins Coastline

McLean Falls, Catlins Forest Park

Mitre Peak, Milford Sound

Lake Wanaka

 Queenstown Basin & the Remarkable mountains

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