Join professional New Zealand landscape and nature photographer Phillip Bartlett as we photograph a selection of the South Island’s most spectacular landscapes on this 8-day adventure. SOLD OUT. Waitlist available.

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South Island Icons 8 Day Workshop

With a maximum of only 6 participants, travelling in 2 modern 4-wheel drive vehicles, this workshop has been designed around the Aoraki/Mt Cook, Central Otago, Wanaka, Fiordland, Milford Sound and Queenstown areas. We have planned every day to give us the best opportunity to experience the quality of light photographers dream of. The route we travel provides many opportunities to photograph both New Zealand’s most-loved scenery and also landscapes which require specialised local knowledge to find. Take a look at the photo gallery below to see some of the scenery you will be photographing.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of photographer, from absolute beginner to seasoned professional. At each shoot location Phillip is always on hand to assist with advice and instruction, and the small-group environment allows for plenty of one-to-one tuition.

If photographing iconic South Island landscapes with a small group of passionate photographers sounds like just what you are looking for, please use the links below to book your place or send us an enquiry.


Our adventure starts this morning as we depart Christchurch heading for Twizel, South Canterbury. The MacKenzie area is surrounded by spectacular mountains and lakes, and is adjacent to the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, home to New Zealand’s highest peaks. We arrive at our lodging in the mid-afternoon and get settled in before going out for our evening shoot of the Southern Alps and Aoraki/Mt Cook. (L)

Day two TWIZEL
We leave our lodging pre-dawn to be in position for the first light on the mountains. We will work the landscape in this area as the sun rises before returning for breakfast. Following breakfast we are out in the field again exploring this rugged terrain. We return for lunch and a break, departing for the mountains again for the late afternoon light and sunset. (BL)

Another chance to photograph sunrise on the mountains before we depart, and travel south towards Wanaka. A side trip takes us offroad to a superb mountain location and we spend time shooting this area before continuing on to Wanaka, arriving in the early evening. (BL)

Day four WANAKA
We get down to the heli-pad pre-dawn this morning and are transferred up into the mountains to capture the spectacular sunrise views over Lake Wanaka and the surrounding mountains. After breakfast we drive into the mountains for a morning of spectacular autumn-colour shooting. We return to the town for lunch before departing to a remote location for our last-light shoot of the expansive Central Otago countryside. (BL)

Just for a change we are up even earlier this morning as we drive up into the hills in time for the first light. This rugged environment is marked by other-wordly rock tors set amongst fields of golden tussock and provides expansive views of the surrounding mountains. After photographing here we travel to a nearby town for breakfast, before continuing on to Te Anau, to check in to our lodgings. In the afternoon we drive to a hidden wilderness location, where we will spend most of the afternoon photographing. We return to Te Anau in the early evening. (BL)

We spend the full day in the Milford Sound area of the Fiordland National Park. We will be photographing dramatic mountains carved out by glaciers, lush rainforest draped in mosses and lichens, and crystal-clear rivers. We finish the day with sunset at Milford Sound. (BL)

After photographing Mitre Peak at sunrise we take a boat journey along the fiord and out to the Tasman Sea. As well as shooting this incredible landscape of sheer mountains, cascading waterfalls and untouched coastline it is possible we will see seals and dolphins. After our cruise we make our way back through the mountains to Queenstown. We arrive at Queenstown in the mid-afternoon and take a break before setting up on the shores of Lake Wakatipu for our sunset shoot. (BL)

Our last pre-dawn start as we travel along the road to Glenorchy to photograph the spectacular mountain, lake and autumn landscapes found in this area. In the late morning we return to Queenstown to prepare for our travel home. (B)


Born in Nelson, at the top of the South Island, I am a professional New Zealand landscape photographer. When I first started photographing I worked with medium-format panoramic equipment. Anybody who has photographed with, or is still using, medium or large format analog cameras, where everything from film loading to scene metering is manual, will agree that mastery of field technique is essential for producing quality images. Learning the craft of landscape photography this way gave me a solid base which made the transition to digital imaging simple. My philosophy is to produce works from a single-frame capture, with the equivalent of traditional techniques, and minimal aesthetic adjustments if required, applied in post-process.
Since pioneering New Zealand’s first photography workshop company in 2005, I have been privileged to guide, and teach, photographers from around the world, from absolute beginners to respected professionals. In-depth knowledge of the New Zealand landscape, coupled with my understanding of seasonal conditions and weather nuances is the reason why our guests enjoy so many excellent photo opportunities. You are welcome to join this workshop as we photograph some of the South Island’s most spectacular landscapes.


2017: APRIL 17 – 24

NZ$6130.00 per person double share
NZ$830.00 single supplement
Deposit: NZ$1000.00 per person

Deposit payment may be made by Internet or International Bank Transfer, Visa or Mastercard credit cards.

Balance of invoice payment may be made by Internet or International Bank Transfer, Visa or Mastercard credit cards.

Rebate Available: For payment made by direct bank transfer a one-time rebate of NZ$130.00 per person will be applied to the workshop fee balance invoice.


Photography guide services and in-field support
Accommodation for seven nights
Helicopter transfer at Wanaka
Milford Sound photography cruise
Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch)
Department of Conservation National Parks concession fees


All international air travel and domestic transportation within your home country
Any other travel services required to arrive at the workshop commencement location and all associated taxes, levies and insurances
Immigration, duty, passport and visa fees where applicable
Any personal items including alcoholic beverages, souvenirs and travel insurance

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