Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo overnight tour
In the tour, you will have a rare opportunity to shoot splendid landscapes, soaring mountain peaks, as well as glacier lakes with huge floating icebergs. This region is also famous for its unbelievably clear and starry sky. In the overnight tour, you will also have plenty of opportunities to indulge in astro photography and even gain knowledge on how to best capture the Milky Way.
The itinerary commences in Queenstown, and then takes you through Cromwell, with a brief stopover in Omarama to take great shots of The Clay cliffs – which can allow you to travel back millions of years. I will guide you through several locations in the national park which include the awe-inspiring Tasman Lake and Hooker Valley. You will have opportunity to shoot the breath-taking scenery around Lake Pukaki as we drive through one of the most picturesque roads in the entire New Zealand.
The scenery around Lake Tekapo is normally splendid at around sunset, and this is where we are likely to camp for the night (hotel accommodation is available as well). If you choose this destination, you will have the most opportune time to move to the lake and take great shots of the historic Church of the Good Shepherd. Once the sky starts to darken, we can also begin indulging in the amazing astro photography.
However, you have to choose between Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo since it wouldn’t be possible to fully cover both locations overnight. Mt Cook is one of my favourites and therefore, I am always likely to recommend it for our overnight photography tour due to its breath taking natural beauty. However, if you choose Lake Tekapo over Mt Cook, I can always make the necessary arrangements. Other than the Good Shepherd Church, Lake Tekapo is renowned for its turquoise blue waters as well as open hot pools where one can relax and wind down if wanting to. There are also many other great photography spots around the shores of the lake as well as the starry night sky.
The Mt Cook tour will then take you to Twizel on the way back to Queenstown, which is an amazing base for the exploration of the famous Mackenzie Basin.
During this tour you will have a rare opportunity to capture some mind blowing shots. In order to really appreciate the beauty of this area, I would strongly recommend spending couple of nights at Mt Cook while combining Lake Tekapo in the same tour, so that it would not feel as rushed.