New Zealand - Land of Fire and Ice

We at aspect2i are constantly looking for the very places in the world to visit that will be life changing experiences for landscape photographers. Time after time New Zealand has appeared on our list, and two years ago, we decided to explore a very unique workshop there.

This will be a highly exclusive workshop limited to only four photographers with two leaders. You will be staying in beautifully appointed hotels in the very best locations to enable you to begin your days photography almost on your doorstep

Your workshop leaders for this unbelievable experience will be Paul Gallagher with over thirty-five years of experience photographing different places around the world, and have also teamed up with Richard Yong who is a fully licenced guide and professional landscape photographer living in New Zealand and has a vast knowledge and experience in the landscapes of this amazing country. 

Join Paul and Richard on this ‘once in a lifetime’ trip into one of the world’s most beautiful countries. New Zealand is without doubt a landscape photographers dream and boasts some of the most diverse landscape anywhere from rainforests to rugged coastlines, to open wilderness and snow-capped glacial mountain peaks.


Day 1

We will be assembling Queenstown and travelling Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular regions for photography. Once we arrive, we shall spend the afternoon on the tranquil shores of Lake Te Anau, the South Island’s largest lake, walking on an easy path at the start of the Kepler Track. We photograph the sunset over the lake, with a vast array of mountains beyond. 

Day 2 - Te Anau (Milford Sound Day Trip) 

This morning we take the Milford Highway up the Eglinton Valley. Winding through the mountains; past dark, brooding lakes and mossy beech forests, perched at impossibly steep slopes, we arrive at Milford Sound. Milford Sound is one of the country's most iconic locations, granite peaks soar more than a mile above the dark waters of the fjord. Huge waterfalls tumble down into the sea giving the area a scale and grandeur that has to be seen to be believed, we take a boat trip here to witness the Sound from the water to give a different perspective.

Day 3 -Te Anau - Moeraki 

Today we head to the East Coast to photograph some coastal landscape around Dunedin including the iconic Tunnel Beach, Afterwards, we shall photograph the sunset at the famed Moeraki Boulders which are curiously round rocks known as ‘concretions,’ set into a scenic beachscape.  

Day 4 - Moeraki - Aoraki/Mt Cook 

This morning we have a second chance to shoot the Moeraki Boulders, this time at sunrise before heading inland. We take the road over to nearby historic Oamaru, where we will have the opportunity to photograph the whitestone buildings of this heritage town. Our next stop is Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, in the heart of the South Island. Here you will find New Zealand’s finest alpine surroundings, including our largest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook. This afternoon we will explore the Hooker valley, including alpine lakes and views of New Zealand’s highest peaks. All the locations we visit are within easy walks along well-graded tracks on the valley floors, including our first sunset within the magnificent Hooker Valley.

Day 5 - Mt Cook 

The day begins with a sunrise shoot before heading back to the hotel for breakfast. This morning we will have the option to do some aerial photography (optional extra). This includes taking a flight over Aoraki/Mt Cook and landing to photograph the glaciers above. This evening we shall photograph the sunset in the Tasman Valley where icebergs float gracefully in lakes below the mountains.

Day 6 - Mt Cook - Wanaka  

We begin with another sunrise shoot at Mt Cook, then we travel on to Lake Wanaka, famed for its lone tree in the lake.

Day 7 - Wanaka 

Sunrise will be shot at the famous Wanaka Tree, one of New Zealand’s most iconic vistas. This evening we set out to the hill around Wanaka for an adventure in a 4 Wheel Drive truck. On our excursion, we will be photographing various High-Country scenes. The landscape here is very rugged, raw and sparse, a stunning location for sunset.

Day 8 -  Wanaka - Fox Glacier

We then depart for the West Coast, a community as remote as they come in New Zealand. En route, we shall photograph some of the countless stunning waterfalls throughout the Haast Pass. We stay the night in Fox Glacier, a tiny town on the road with some outstanding features to its name. Tonight, we head down to the beach to capture our first West Coast sunset.  

Day 9 - Fox Glacier 

This morning we photograph sunrise at Lake Matheson, capturing the often-perfect reflections of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Mt Tasman - New Zealand’s highest mountains. Today we will also have the opportunity for an optional flight (additional cost) over the glacier for some aerial photography. Sunset tonight will see us heading out to capture panoramic views of the Southern Alps, rising beyond a vast extent of rainforest.

Day 10 - Fox Glacier - Punakaiki 

Today we drive further up the West Coast, with several stops en route, including the turquoise waters of the Hokitika Gorge. Tonight, we stay at Punakaiki, famous for its Pancake rock formations.

Day 11 - Punakaiki 

This morning we explore the exquisite limestone and river landscapes of Paparoa National Park. We will spend the rest of the day exploring the exceptional coastline in this area, sunset will see us heading out onto stunning beaches to capture the last light hitting the coastline and huge breaking waves.

Day 12 - Punakaiki - Christchurch via Arthur’s Pass 

This morning we part ways with the wonderful West Coast, heading inland once more. Our road to Christchurch is through Arthur’s Pass, a stunning and fitting ending leg to our journey. The alpine region offers some incredible views passing through the Southern Alps. After exploring some short walks around Arthur's Pass, itself we will head to Castle Hill to photograph the amazing bolder formations here. Following this, we will then head to Christchurch and our journey’s end, connecting with outward flights.

Residential 12 day workshop

DateSat 14th - Wed 25th Oct 2023

LocationNew Zealand

HotelVarious Hotels

LeaderPaul Gallagher

and Richard Young



Now Booking


The price includes extensive one to one tuition with Paul and Richard during the workshop, accommodation on bed and breakfast basis and travel during the workshop including transfers to and from the airport. No single occupancy supplement.


Travel to and from New Zealand, personal bills such as bar bills, meals not listed. Travel and camera Insurance.

New Zealand - Land of Fire and Ice