Welcome to Lake Tekapo

Born of a hydropower scheme completed in 1953, today Tekapo is booming off the back of a holiday home explosion and tourism, although it has long been a popular tour-bus stop on the route between Christchurch and Queenstown. Its popularity is well deserved: the town faces out across the turquoise lake to a backdrop of snow-capped mountains.Such splendid Mackenzie Country and Southern Alps views are reason enough to... Read More

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Explore Mount Cook from Christchurch

A short stop at either the Tin Shed (an old shearing shed selling discount sweaters) or at Barkers Winery for tastings of wines, sauces and jams. Continuing through the foothills of the Southern Alps from Geraldine to Fairlie and through the MacKenzie Basin, with its brown snowgrass-covered landscape which has an almost desert like aspect, to Lake Tekapo. There is the opportunity to take an idyllic photograph of the Church of the Good Shepherd on Lake Tekapo with its backdrop of magnificent alpine scenery. Next, it's onto Lake Pukaki where the Tasman Valley opens into the MacKenzie Basin with Mount Cook and the surrounding snow covered peaks in the background. Lunch is at the Hermitage in the Mount Cook National Park. Following lunch an alpine flight over the National Park can be arranged with Mount Cook Airlines (optional at additional cost, payable direct). Glacier landings by ski planes are also available (optional at additional cost, payable direct). Next, you'll explore the Tasman Glacier where a twenty minute climb by foot will take you to the top of the terminal moraine, this vantage point provides views of both the Tasman Glacier and the newly formed Lake Tasman. Return by coach in the afternoon, stopping at the Canterbury high country town of Fairlie for late afternoon tea.

$2399 Multi-day & Extended Tours

10-Day Photography Expedition of the South Island of New Zealand

Join this stunning 10-day photography expedition of New Zealand. Each day there will be a variety of themes for your pictures!DAY 1: Christchurch After the overnight flight to New Zealand then Christchurch, the second largest city of the country and transfer to the hotel, the morning will be free for you to recover from the long journey and adapt to the time zone. We will have a welcome dinner and orientation to the expedition. Enjoy the afternoon walking around the main streets of the city center, or just stay resting in the hotel. (D)DAY 2: Mount Cook We will start the day with a visit to the central botanical gardens. Early in the afternoon our destination will be Aoraki Mount Cook with stops at Lake Pukaki and the famous Good Shepherd church at Lake Tekapo. After dinner we will make some long exposure photos of the stars, with backdrops of Hooker Valley and Aoraki Mount Cook. Photo theme: landscape, nature, architecture and road. (B)DAY 3: Mount Cook Today we will explore the short walks in the Hooker and Aoraki valleys and Mount Cook with its beautiful lakes and parks, after that we will be traveling to Wanaka. Photo theme: landscape, nature, architecture and road. (B)DAY 4: Wanaka Our day will start with Lake Wanaka follow by Mount Aspiring National Park, Cardrona and Crown Range Valley. Photo theme: landscape, nature, architecture and road. (B)DAY 5: Catlins/Nugget Point After a photographic sunrise by the Lake Wanaka, we will travel to the region of Catlins Forest Park and Nugget Point lighthouse until the sunset. Photo theme: landscape, nature and road. (B)DAY 6: Milford Sound We leave early to Milford Sound through Te Anau. There will be many photo stops along the way on the most beautiful highway in the country. The sunset with Mitre Peak as background. Photo theme: landscape, nature and road. (B)DAY 7: Milford Sound Free morning. Photo theme: landscape and nature. (B)DAY 8: Queenstown Morning journey to Glenorchy and the Greenstone. In the afternoon we will explore the region in Queenstown and the legendary city of Arrowtown, and the Kawarau Bungee Jump. Photo theme: landscape, nature, city and architecture. (B)DAY 9: Queenstown In the morning we will explore Queenstown, Lake Hays, Wakatipu and the Remarkables. At night we will have our farewell dinner. Photo theme: landscape, nature, city and architecture. (B, D)DAY 10: Queenstown After breakfast, shuttle to the airport and return flight home.

$2999 Multi-day & Extended Tours

16-Day Photography Expedition Around New Zealand

Take your photography interest to a unique level by camera. Join this stunning 16-day photography tour of New Zealand. Each day there will be a variety of themes for your pictures, for example nature, city, or architecture. Be sure to capture the themes in your beautiful photos of New Zealand.Day 1: Auckland (D)After the overnight flight to Auckland the morning will be free for you to recover. We will have a welcome dinner and orientation to the expedition. Day 2: Auckland (B)Boat trip to Devonport. Sunset at Muriwai Beach to see a large colony of Gannet birds. At night we will photograph the city lights and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Day 3: Taupo (B)Taupo and surrounding regions. Day 4: Wellington (B)Taupo then Wellington in the afternoon. Day 5: Abel Tasman (B)South Island on a cruise bound for the famous Marlborogh and Blenhein wineries. Our afternoon will be in Abel Tasman Bay and Nelson. Day 6: Franz Josef (B)Lake Matheson, Franz Josef and Fox glaciers with a stop in the Punakaiki region. Day 7: Franz Josef (B)Free day to sleep in and explore personal interests. Day 8: Queenstown (B)Lake Wanaka and Queenstown. Stops along the way by Cardrona and Crown Range Valley, as well as the Kawarau Bungee Jump, also Arrowtown. Day 9: Queenstown (B)Glenorchy and the Greenstone region in Mount Aspiring National Park. Queenstown, Lake Hays, Wakatipu and The Remarkables.Day 10: Milford Sound (B)There will be many photo stops along the way on the most beautiful highway in the country. In the afternoon we will embark on a cruise that lends itself to stunning images at Mitre Peak.Day 11: Nugget Point (B)Nugget Point lighthouse.  Day 12: Moeraki Boulders (B)Moeraki, Alexandra, and Wanaka.  Day 13: Aoraki Mount Cook (B)Lindis Pass desert and Lake Pukaki. Mount Cook, Hooker Valley, Aoraki Mount Cook and the famous Good Shepherd church at Lake Tekapo. Day 14: Aoraki Mount Cook (B)Free day to sleep in and explore personal interests. Our suggestion is to explore the short walks in the Hooker and Aoraki valleys and Mount Cook. Overnight: Mount Cook Day 15: Christchurch (B, D)Early travel to Christchurch. Visit to the central botanical gardens in the afternoon and sightseeing, follow by our farewell dinner. Photo theme: landscape, nature and architecture. Overnight: Christchurch Day 16: Christchurch (B)After breakfast, shuttle to the airport and return flight home.