Queenstown Photography Tours
The tour includes:
- Flexible itinerary and starting time
- Personalized/private tour for solo visitors or small groups (2-4 people)
- Snacks or picnic lunch together with tea, coffee & bottled water provided
- Photographic tuition & guidance
- Complimentary high resolution digital images of you during the tour (applies on Full Day Tour only)
- Air-conditioned 4WD vehicle with WiFi on board
- Your local guide, who holds the public liability insurance, first aid certification and Passenger Service license that are the legal requirements for running this kind of business safely
- The Department of Conservation (DOC) permit to operate in public conservation areas
- Visiting iconic spots such as Skippers Canyon, Arrowtown, Lake Hayes, Shotover river, The Remarkables lookout point and more
- Pick-ups and drop-offs from your accommodation in Queenstown
Prices start from $175 pp
Famous places to see and photograph in Queenstown
There is no doubt that New Zealand is ranked among the top most beautiful countries in the world. The Southern Alps happens to be one of the most charming areas in New Zealand, it is home to awe-inspiring Queenstown. If you are visiting Queenstown for the first time for a photography workshop as well as a tour, expect to be blown away by its spectacular scenery.
Flying into Queenstown is a breath-taking experience in itself. However, the winding roads passing through rustic farmland, fast river rapids and below towering snow-capped peaks, form the photographer’s paradise. The following are five of the most famous photography locations in Queenstown.
These jagged mountain ranges can be seen from any part of Queenstown and they’re very popular with landscape photographers. During winter, the snow covering makes the mountain ranges look like a long continuous block of toblerone. You can easily take great shots of the Remarkable’s from most of the lakeside locations surrounding Queenstown. You can also get up-close photos should you decide to drive up to the Windy Point lookout, yes that is the name of the lookout point.
Photo Tip: Since this charming location’s looks vary with the changing light, getting up early enough to catch the sun rising in the background or watching the warm evening radiance turn the mountain peaks into red and orange can take your breath away.
Coronet Peak & Skippers Road
If you are a skiing enthusiast, then the slopes of Coronet Peak will be ideal for you. More so, it is rare vantage point for taking great photographs.
Right there, you will have a look out with a view that is worth the trouble. An unpaved winding road, New Zealand’s most dangerous road, leads into the canyon. The Skippers Canyon is one of the most famous photographers’ havens in the whole of Queenstown. A visit to this paradise gives you a rare chance to explore Queenstown’s back country and experience a really remarkable insight into the unique allures of Queenstown. This particular spot is renowned worldwide due to the gold rush.
Photo Tip: If you take the Skippers Road up, take full advantage of the chain bays and pull over to take great shots.
The town is situated in foothills of mountains, just a 20 minutes’ drive away from Queenstown. It was popular for gold mining in the 1860’s with gold prospectors traveling from both Europe and China to try their luck.
You will walk among the tiny restored cottages of their settlement and wander down the main street of this exquisite little town with its charming historic buildings that will make you feel like you walked on to a movie set.
Apart from being a famous, celebrated and charming little village; Arrowtown is also great for hiking trails. Just at the rear of the main road you get a variety of walking trails wandering along the Arrow River. During autumn, the nearby forest looks like a red rainbow, which is great for photography.
Moke Lake is a short 20 min drive from Queenstown but you quickly leave the town behind and feel like you are miles from civilisation. Untouched, this place is a photographers delight, due to its superb reflections on a good day when the lake mirrors the mountains perfectly. It’s such a beautiful place. As it is surrounded and hidden behind the mountains, it makes an excellent spot for astrophotography.
Lake Hayes is one of the most photographed lakes around the area. And no wonder why, particularly on a fine day with not a ripple on it, the lake turns into a mirror and reflects the surrounding trees and mountains. You can take some beautiful images. It is beautiful from any angle with plenty of photo opportunities.
During Queenstown tour you can choose several different locations depending on how much time you want to spend in each place:
Windy Point lookout up Remarkables road, Crown Range lookout, the village of Arrowtown, Hensman Road lookout over Queenstown, Kawarau Gorge, Moke Lake, Coronet Peak, Jacks Point, Lake Hayes, Kelvin Heights peninsular. This tour is suited to anyone who is looking to photograph a wide range of different locations in one day and see the sights of Queenstown at the same time.
Have you ever just wanted to be able to visualize a town as a whole and get an understanding of the length & breadth of the area? This tour does just that.
After this half day or full day Queenstown tour, you will surely be fully loaded with beautiful images and memories.