The New Zealand South Island Autumn Colours & Mountain Spectacular Photographic Tour – April 22nd through to May 3rd 2016

What another amazing experience! I have just returned from conducting another tour of the beautiful and Spectacular Autumn scenery of New Zealand’s south Island. With 14 participants and one wonderful Coach Driver ( A big Thank you to Barrie Thomson ) we started our journey up through the Arthur’s pass and onto Lake Moana. First night was at Punakaiki and the Paparoa National park. Shooting the Pancake rocks and the great coastline near dusk, just beautiful. On down to Greymouth and Hokitika gorge, where some of us nearly got drowned in the torrential downpour! Great countryside and misty conditions. Next stop, Fox glacier and Franz Josef Glacier, with a special dawn shoot at Lake Matheson. Misty and full of sunlight, awesome and our first glimpse of Mount Cook bathed in morning light! Moving further down the coast we photographed around Haast and the coastlines both north and south of here. A beautiful dusk shoot near Jacksons Bay with the mount Aspiring National Park as a back-drop was simply wonderful! Next day, a drive over the Haast Pass and photographing the scenery, including the rainforest and waterfalls. Time in Wanaka for the most delightful skies and Autumn tonings, in and around the lake including an afternoon of visual delights at Glendhu Bay. Dawn to shoot “That” tree, but squeezing into the melee of about 150 Chinese photographic tourists! Still, we managed some lovely shots and everyone was happy!  At least we had Glendhu bay almost to ourselves and what a delight that was, pastural, sheep, old buildings, colours, trees, skies, reflections…just wow!  heading up North towards Twizel and more colour, through the Pass, and onto Lake Pukaki. The afternoon spent along this lake and views to Mt cook National Park.  For the next three wonderful days it was the absolute visual delights of the Aoraki Mount Cook national Park, with the walks into the Hooker Valley and Glacial Tasman Lake. Our group photographed the late afternoon light on the icebergs at the mouth of the river, had the joy of a lake trip to see them up close, took a long flight over the glaciers and mountains for absolute wow images, and shot dawn and evening images of mount Cook with gorgeous light, for the whole time we were there!! Just awesome… we even managed to squeeze in a star-trail lesson and shoot the milky way!  Our final destination (when we finally got there, after more autumn colours and tonings, lakes, mountains and scenery) was Queenstown. Two days here to Shoot down along Lake Wakatipu, Autumn colours and Farmland in and around Glenorchy and the Paradise Valley, and… two visits to Arrow-town with stops in and around the district! It certainly was an Autumn colours and Mountain spectacular tour! My sincere thanks to all the Participants, you were a lovely bunch indeed, we had a marvellous journey together and I loved every minute of it, sharing this stunning destination with you all.

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3 comments on “The New Zealand South Island Autumn Colours & Mountain Spectacular Photographic Tour – April 22nd through to May 3rd 2016

  1. Diane Bell says:

    Looks like you were blessed with fabulous weather, AGAIN! A great tour again by the look of your photos. I’m still suffering with a bung knee and doing all I can to avoid a knee replacement. GRRRR! Cheers, Di

  2. Shirley Thorn says:

    a very big belated thank you for a wonderful photographic journey discovering New Zealands autumn colours. Great accommodation, amazing food and wonderful travelling companions. Thanks for all the hints and tips for improving my photos and using lightroom.
    Now looking forward to Flinders Island next year.
    cheers Shirley

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