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May 2018 - South Island

Join us for an inspirational 5 day, 5 night Photography Adventure of the New Zealand's South Island Mackenzie, Mount Cook and Wanaka Region.  Hosted by Rachel Gillespie, and Talman Madsen, we have joined together to bring you an Astrophotography and Landscape Photographic Learning Experience all in one.  May 2018.

All photography tuition by Award Winning Photographer, Talman Madsen

Aoraki Mt Cook

The NZ Kiwi Adventures Photography Tours are a photographic adventure of a lifetime.

Talman and Rachel both spend time each year in the Aoraki Mackenzie Region and invite others to join them on this amazing photographic adventure.

Talman has recently achieved the NZ National Geographic Young Photographer of the Year Award and has been featured in many publications, go over to our Team Page for more info on Talman.


What our guests say:

"I recently had the pleasure of participating with Rachel and Talman on a photography adventure, in June, around Central Otago.

I found the adventure was well organized and fully flexible to cater for weather conditions.  I was able to tap into Talman's expertise and knowledge, either out on a shoot or in the conference room. He was very helpful on several occasions and easy to get on with.

What was the best part of the trip;

There were several, experiencing a strong aurora for the first time, ( not sure who was the most excited, me or Talman), visiting hooker glacier for a sunset shoot and staying for a milky wayshoot, a helicopter trip around Mt Aspiring with the doors off, to name a few.  I have no hesitation in recommending Rachel and Talman if you are considering doing one of their photography adventures, I know I am next year. "  ~ Neil 



The locations we will be visiting are hotspots for scenic landscapes, but in particular for photographing the night sky. The Aoraki/Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is the world’s largest, and if you haven’t ever viewed the Milky Way Galaxy with the naked eye before, then you will be amazed by the starry skies here! They offer a unique photographic opportunity.

Nightsky Aoraki Mount Cook


So what will I learn on the tour? Whether you’re a hobbyist photographer or a seasoned pro, these tours will cater for all. Talman will guide you every step of the way with personalised guidance and tuition. We will cover all the basics of equipment, settings and techniques to help you get the best shots possible. You will also learn how to process your images, with a step by step guide in either Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop. And they will also take you through the beginning steps required for capturing time-lapse.


What equipment do I need?

  • A digital DSLR or a mirrorless camera

  • prime or zoom lenses - bring all you have

  • Any neutral density and polarising filters you may have

  • For astrophotography - lenses with a maximum aperture between f/1.4 and f/4 and a focal length between 10 and 24mm are ideal. For example - a 14mm f/2.8 lens is perfect, or even a zoom lens with a minimum focal length of 24mm at f/4 would be fine too.

  • A sturdy tripod

  • Remote shutter release (ideally with long exposure timer function)

  • Laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop installed.

  • A headlamp or torch - one with a red light mode is best.


Optional equipment:

  • Spare camera batteries - always good to have backup batteries ready to go.

  • Spare memory card(s) - memory cards can fill up fast and also fail, so good to have a spare.

  • intervalometer for photographing timelapse - some camera models have a intervalometers function, so they don’t require external hardware.

  • Portable external hard drive for additional data - we shoot in raw, so tend to use a lot of data, especially when photographing a time-lapse. Extra hard drive space can come in handy.


Tour Itinerary:

  • Will be updated shortly



*The night photography sessions are weather dependent, but alternative activities will be held if they weather doesn’t give us the opportunity to head out.

Aurora Australis, Twizel New Zealand


This is a special all-inclusive photographic workshop open to photographers of all levels of experience and enthusiasm. We will be spending our days in the magnificent alpine landscapes around Lake Tekapo, Aoraki-Mount Cook, Queenstown and Wanaka, and at night, we’ll be out shooting the amazing star-filled skies of the Mackenzie Basin. Expect to be up early, and out late! 

You’ll be hosted and guided by professionals who will offer one-on-one instruction, advice or reinforcement of the skills and techniques used in image visualisation, composition, exposure control, and post-processing. Learn how to capture the stars of the Milky Way and create incredible time-lapse movies as part of our astrophotography masterclass. This is a unique photographic adventure in one of the most scenic places in the world. We'll shoot around the glaciers of Mount Cook, the lakes and rivers of the Tasman Valley, along the shore of Lake Tekapo, the mountains of Queenstown, the shores of Lake Wanaka and capture some awesome views of the alpine peaks from high up in our chartered Helicopters and Ski Plane Flights, yes you get to go on 2 flights!


Fitness level required: 
Moderate. You will need to be able to hike along easy trails, maximum 5km each way, with camera equipment.

What’s included:
Hotel accommodation for five nights on single or double occupancy basis
Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the workshop
All transportation during the workshop, starting from and returning to Christchurch)
Professional hosting, guiding and instruction
Helicopter Flight Mount Cook
National Park permits. 

What’s not included
Travel from home to meet-up point
Personal travel/possessions insurance
Items of a personal nature
Lunch and dinner beverages

Cost: - Option One
$ 5,495NZ per person
A deposit of 30% is required to secure your place.

Cost: - Option Two
$ 4,495NZ per person
A deposit of 30% is required to secure your place.

Provide your own breakfast, lunch and dinner during the workshop

No helicopter flight option

Numbers are capped to 12 people only with two photography tutors and two hosts at that maximum number.  To apply to join us we have an application process to ensure this is the right workshop for you please contact us as this workshop is for intermediate to advanced level photography - Email  

Host Rachel Gillespie will ensure all of your communications and bookings are completed and take care of your logistics on the trip

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