Experience it All: 8-Day South Island Winter Photography Tour 2022

Workshop length:
Friday 24th June - Friday 1st July 2022
Castle Hill - Arthurs Pass - Hokitika Gorge - Lake Matheson - Haast Pass - Wanaka - Lindis Pass - Ohau - Twizel - Mt Cook - Tekapo
$4,499 inc accommodation, breakfast, transport & scenic flight
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EXCLUSIVE FOR 2022! Join me on an incredible 8 day adventure through the South Island, exploring snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes, and powerful waterfalls. We'll journey through two alpine passes as we go from the east coast to the west and back again taking in all the best these regions have to offer. The tour is limited to only four people to maximise your learning experience in these one-of-a-kind New Zealand locations. We'll also take to the skies to view this incredible landscape from the air on a scenic flight over the Southern Alps.
What you'll experience
It's one thing to visit amazing NZ landscape locations, but quite another to photography them in a way that truly captures the essence and feel of a place. On this tour I will help you create quality images in each location, finding unique compositions to really portray the beauty we find, whether it's a sunrise or sunset, long exposure waterfall or astrophotography. The light in winter is much softer and lends itself to landscape photography, and we'll take advantage of that on our travels through the centre of the South Island. This will be a photography adventure to remember!
Course Itinerary
By Meghan Maloney
Friday 24th June - Friday 1st July 2022

A full PDF itinerary will be provided upon registration and payment of the workshop deposit, however a brief outline is provided here:

Friday 24 June

Our 8-day adventure starts in Christchurch. From here we will head towards Arthurs Pass, visiting the incredible rock formations at Castle Hill and Lake Pearson along the way.

Castle Hill Arthurs Pass Lake Pearson

Saturday 25 June

Today we journey through the beautiful Arthurs Pass, visiting Devils Punchbowl Falls and the Otira Viaduct where, if we are lucky, we may even photograph NZ's cheeky kea. Our destination for the night is Hokitika.

Arthurs Pass Devils Punchbowl Falls Otira Viaduct

Sunday 26 June

After a visit inland to the jaw-dropping aquamarine waters of Hokitika Gorge, we will take our time to enjoy the drive down the West Coast, ending at Fox Glacier to experience sunset at Lake Matheson or Lake Mapourika.

Hokitika Gorge Lake Matheson West Coast

Monday 27 June

We'll greet the day with sunrise at Lake Matheson, before heading through Haast Pass. The drive through the pass is one of my favourite journeys in New Zealand, and we'll take our time exploring the waterfalls in the Pass on our way through to Wanaka.

Lake Matheson Thunder Creek Falls Cameron Flat

Tuesday 28 June

From Wanaka we head further inland over the Lindis Pass, another picturesque drive on our way through to Mackenzie Country. Our base for the night will be Ohau/Twizel.

Wanaka Lindis Pass Wairepo Arm Twizel

Wednesday 29 June

Today we capture the heart of the Mackenzie, exploring the areas around Ohau and Twizel before heading to Aoraki Mt Cook for the night.

La Perouse Ben Ohau Hooker River Aoraki Mt Cook

Thursday 30 June

After sunrise in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, we'll head back past the brilliant aqua waters of Lake Pukaki to Tekapo for our last night.

Tasman Lake Lake Alexandrina Church of the Good Shepherd

Friday 1 July

Our last day sees us wrap up the workshop with our last sunrise in Tekapo before travelling back to Christchurch.

Terms & Conditions

Please ensure you read the terms and conditions regarding the cancellation policy for this workshop. I highly recommend taking out insurance to cover any travel disruptions or if you need to cancel.

Fees and Payment

  • The full workshop fee is $4,499 NZD including accommodation, transport, breakfast and scenic flight
  • A deposit of $1,100 is required to be paid to secure your place for this event
  • The remaining $3,399 is to be paid no later than 120 days prior to the event (28 February 2022) and is payable to Meghan Maloney Photography via bank transfer or credit card (3% surcharge applies)
  • Payment plans are available - please enquire

How to Book

Please complete the booking form below to register.

What's included

The Learning Experience

  • Hands-on tuition from a leading NZ landscape photographer and Sony advocate
  • Mastering the manual settings on your camera - understanding the exposure triangle
  • The art of good composition - using different techniques to significantly improve how your images look and feel
  • Advanced techniques such as focus stacking, exposure blending and creating panoramas
  • Mastering the art of astrophotography using noise stacking techniques
  • Use of KASE neutral density and polariser filters while in the field
  • Planning and executing a successful photography shoot
  • In-the-field experience at a variety of stunning New Zealand locations
  • Expert advice on how to create stunning images in Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Advice on using social media to showcase your photography
  • Use of Sony cameras and lenses

Accommodation, Meals & Transport

  • 7 nights single share accommodation included (a variety of accommodation has been booked at lodges, hotels, cottages and AirBNB). You may need to share a bathroom with 1 other person in some locations
  • Breakfast included for each day
  • Transport for 8 days including airport pick up and drop-off
  • A scenic flight over the Southern Alps
Gear requirements
  • Camera and lenses - ideally lenses that will cover both wide angle right through to telephoto zoom at 300-400mm
  • STURDY tripod - very important
  • Torch or head torch
  • Spare batteries and charger (plenty of batteries as we are unlikely to be able to charge during the day while travelling)
  • Laptop with both Lightroom Classic & Photoshop installed
  • Plenty of memory cards and adapter to link with laptop for editing
  • Remote shutter control (needed if there is an opportunity to try star trails)
  • Neutral density filters (if you own these - a selection will be available to borrow during the workshop)
  • Warm clothing - it's midwinter so you will need merino layers, puffer jacket, hat, gloves, warm comfortable hiking boots and possibly gumboots
  • Umbrella, rain poncho and waterproof camera sleeve
  • A willingness to learn and a sense of fun and adventure!
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"Meghan is a great photography tutor. She explains things clearly and precisely and takes the time to make sure you understand. She knows a wide variety of techniques and styles for learners to try."

Craig - Matamata

Meghan's workshop is a great mix of useful skills and fundamental concepts as well as lots of fun. Meghan is such a lovely person that would like to share anything that you will be happy to spend two full days with her. The workshop helped me a lot.

Lily - China

Having followed Meghan and her captivating portrayal of New Zealand’s landscape on instagram for over 5 years, I’ve finally had the opportunity to join her 5-week online live photography course. Meghan has a gift to explain the “how to” of landscape photography in a very clear, easy to understand and enjoyable manner. Her depth of knowledge in every aspect will prove a more than worthwhile investment for anyone who enjoys this form of photography,  whether novice or experienced.

David - Christchurch

Real, honest, down to earth and very talented photographer. Very helpful with all the little things, takes time to explain information and makes sure it is understood. Just completed an online Zoom photography course which was well run and incredibly informative..

Robbie - Australia

Meghan is an amazing tutor. Her effective communication and course outline was exactly what I was looking for. I bought my first camera a few weeks before this course and lucky enough this course covered camera settings and composition which every beginner looks forward to.  From looking after your gear, settings, pro tips, composition and editing, this course was every beginners dream come true. I look forward to the next stage of this course and mind you this was quite affordable and full of knowledge. I have become a better photographer. Thank you and I look forward to more content from you.

Ash - Queenstown

Meghan is not only an awesome photographer but a wonderful teacher. I love her delivery style and this course is a great introduction to landscape photography. Meghan is also very encouraging and is very open and detailed with sharing her knowledge during her classes. The course structure was well thought out and presented in easy to digest modules. I look forward to learning more from Meghan as she grows her class schedule. Highly recommend!

Lystra - UK

Meghan has been the most helpful and caring photographer I have had the pleasure to meet, she has that special quality (and patience) that very few are blessed with to be the perfect teacher and along with her amazing photography is a mentor to us all... I have been so privileged to have her assistance on my learning journey, something I will be forever grateful for...

Robyn -  Otago

Totally amazing time with Meghan.  Her knowledge is amazing and the willingness to teach is fantastic. I never thought i could learn so much in such a short time but I did. I highly recommend Meghan to anyone wanting to learn and develop their skills. I cant wait to work with Meghan again soon.

Paul - Palmerston North

Perfect. I have learnt more in one  weekend than I ever imagined I could.

Jason - Cambridge

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