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NEW ZEALAND - SOUTH ISLAND ADVENTURE
12 DAY PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR WITH AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER
STEWART D HALPERIN
AND NEW ZEALAND LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER PHILLIP BARTLETT
NOVEMBER 27- DECEMBER 10, 2012
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS
to many of New Zealand's most celebrated landscapes,
the South Island is a photographer's delight. This
12 day tour takes us on an incredible journey through
four provinces, five national parks and two marine
reserves. Cloud-piercing peaks, intriguing limestone
coastlines, crystalline glaciers, primeval rainforests,
and glacier- carved fiords are just some of the
glorious features that await us.
Our route takes us from the garden city of Christchurch,
on the eastern seaboard, north to the seaside settlement
of Kaikoura, where lofty mountains overlook the rugged
coastline. In the waters off Kaikoura a complex marine
system provides an abundantly rich habitat for marine
mammals and seabirds. We take a chartered boat trip
just for our group to photograph the acrobatic Dusky
The road turns west as we drive through the mountains
to the untamed West Coast. Beneath rugged mountain
ranges, dense rainforest thrives from the doorstep
of glaciers to the ocean's edge. Our first location
is at the coastal settlement of Punakaiki, where
we shoot the spectacular Pancake Rocks as the sun
sets. We continue south to the glacier region the
following morning, as we make for the village of
Fox Glacier. In the afternoon we take a short hike
around Lake Matheson to photograph the mountain reflections
at last light. The next morning we head to Fox Glacier
to begin our guided hike, which is very easy, to
photograph the glacier, ice caves and formations. An
optional helicopter ride over Fox Glacier will also
be offered for those interested.
We then travel east to the Otago lakes district,
a region characterized by rugged mountain ranges
and brilliant blue lakes. From our base at Queenstown,
we explore this area which includes landscapes used
in the Lord of the Rings films.
Continuing south we drive to Lake Manapouri, where
we are transferred to our private boat charter in
Doubtful Sound. Our boat cruise offers stunning photography
in any weather, as we explore the different arms
of this beautiful area of the Fiordland National
Park. The following morning we return to Manapouri,
and drive back up to Queenstown.
next day we travel north towards the heart of the
Southern Alps: Aoraki/ Mt. Cook National Park. Along
the journey we pass the turquoise-coloured Lake Pukaki
as we head up the Tasman Valley, where the Aoraki/
Mt Cook village is located. In the early evening
we take a short hike to shoot the last light on New
Zealand's highest mountain. The following day we
are out early to photograph the first light on the
mountains, then take a hike to capture images of
Aoraki/ Mt Cook from a closer perspective.
The next morning we enjoy one more chance to photograph
the sunrise on the Southern Alps before we return
to Christchurch where our adventure began 12 days
FEE PER PERSON (based on double or twin
$4650.00 (based on 12 paying participants)
Single supplement $925.00
A $1,250.00 deposit is required and is non
refundable unless the trip is canceled.
This is for land costs only.. international
flights are not included, but can be arranged
The per person fee covers your accommodations,
attraction fees, Department of Conservation fees.
Goods and Services tax.
Payment details, flight information, insurance
and Visa information will be provided
by mid March.
Note at the very bottom of the trip plan
you will see exclusions and inclusions.
You may pay your deposit, trip
expenses, or balance due with your credit card
or checking account using the following PayPal
link. No PayPal account is required to pay by credit
card or check.
Trip Plan.. day by day
CHRISTCHURCH - KAIKOURA
We begin our travels this morning, and drive north
along the coast to the seaside settlement of Kaikoura.
Overlooked by majestic mountains, which are snow-capped
for many months of the year, this coastal town was
once only known for the rock lobster caught here.
Now, Kaikoura is famous for the abundance of marine
mammals and seabirds found offshore.
This morning we join a sea cruise to photograph Dusky
dolphins - natural acrobats who seem to enjoy showing
off their skills for spectators. In the afternoon
we have an option to join a whale watch or albatross
encounter boat trip.
KAIKOURA - PUNAKAIKI
After a sunrise shoot we leave Kaikoura and head
for the famous West Coast and Punakaiki. The force
of the ocean has carved the coastline into fascinating
rock sculptures, and we arrive in the afternoon at
the most unusual of these formations: the Pancake
PUNAKAIKI - FOX GLACIER
We turn south along the coast this morning as we
head for the glaciers. Under the shadow of the Southern
Alps the Franz and Fox Glaciers are the most accessible
in New Zealand, and still flow towards the sea. Franz
Josef is the first glacier we visit and an easy walk
leads us to a magnificent location to photograph.
Very shortly after we arrive at the Fox Glacier Village
and hike around Lake Matheson where, on a still day,
New Zealand's two highest peaks, Mts Aoraki/Cook
and Tasman, are reflected in the dark waters.
Today we go up onto the glacier - a great opportunity
to shoot the ice patterns up close. After returning
from the glacier there is time to relax in the village
before we meet again in the afternoon to photograph
the mountain surrounds as the sun sets.
FOX GLACIER - QUEENSTOWN
We leave the glaciers and continue driving south.
One of our last shoots on the West Coast is at an
ancient swamp, filled with New Zealand's tallest
growing trees: the kahikatea. We then take the Haast
Pass road east, travelling through a valley carved
by glaciers, stopping along the way to shoot waterfall,
forest and river scenes. Once over the pass we descend
towards the Otago lakes district, photographing the
mountain-bordered Lakes Hawea and Wanaka before arriving
in Queenstown in the evening.
An early start as we set out to capture the sunrise
on Lake Wakatipu. We then continue on into the Mt
Aspiring National Park. Moss-laden forests, crystal
clear rivers and deep valleys provide us with exciting
photographic opportunities from detailed macro to
sweeping panoramas. In the late morning we return
to the township where there is an opportunity to
relax, do a spot of shopping or for a surge of adrenalin
there's the bungy jump and jetboating. We meet again
in the late afternoon to photograph the Remarkables
QUEENSTOWN - DOUBTFUL SOUND
We leave Queenstown this morning and make our way
to Manapouri. We then are transferred to Deep Cove
for our private boat charter in Doubtful Sound. Once
on the water we spend the rest of the day exploring
this stunningly beautiful area of Fiordland. We even
have a chance to try and catch some fresh fish for
DOUBTFUL SOUND - QUEENSTOWN
After sunrise we enjoy a relaxed breakfast before
making our way back to Deep Cove, and transfer to
Manapouri. Once at Manapouri we make our way back
to Queenstown, arriving in the afternoon.
QUEENSTOWN - AORAKI/MT COOK NATIONAL PARK
It’s time to head north towards the heart of
the Southern Alps and the home of New Zealand's highest
mountain: Aoraki/Mt Cook. We arrive at the Mt Cook
Village later in the afternoon in time for a twilight
shoot of Aoraki/Mt Cook.
AORAKI/MT COOK NATIONAL PARK
After photographing sunrise in the Tasman Valley
we spend the rest of the day exploring the park,
and take a hike up the Hooker Valley to capture the
AORAKI/MT COOK NATIONAL PARK - CHRISTCHURCH - DEPART
After photographing sunrise in the Tasman Valley
we depart for Christchurch. We take a scenic route
past turquoise lakes and high country rural scenes,
stopping to photograph along the way. We arrive in
Christchurch in the mid-afternoon.
INCLUSIONS: All in-tour land transportations
and guide services. Boat cruises: Dolphin Encounter,
Doubtful Sound, Fox Glacier hike. Department of Conservation
concession fees. Accommodation for eleven nights.
Porterage of one item of luggage per person.
EXCLUSIONS: All international air
travel and domestic transportation within your home
country, any other travel services required to arrive
at the tour commencement location and all associated
taxes, levies and insurances. Immigration, duty,
passport and visa fees where applicable. All personal
items including meals, alcoholic beverages and travel
insurance. Optional activities e.g. bungy jump, jetboating,
For more information contact:
314-652-0330/ 314 277-1376