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Photography Tour of Australia & New Zealand’s South Island

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

Australia, New Zealand

Places Visited

Christchurch, Twizel, Cromwell, Queenstown...

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Suggested Duration

10 Days

Capture the best of the Southern Hemisphere with your photography adventure of New Zealand and Australia immortalized in the memories you make and the photos you take. Your customized tour will take you along the trails of an ancient rainforest in search of historical tribal traditions and then bring incredible views around the sapphire water of the Coral Sea as sea turtles and clown fish graze on the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy the sunrise coming over the coastal plains as it spreads across snowcapped...

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the Great Barrier Reef with a full day snorkel tour at Agincourt Reef to photograph the captivating world found underwater
  • Delight in the serene landscape of Milford Sound on a full-day tour to cruise the majestic fiord and capture opulent images of your time in New Zealand
  • Enjoy an immersive cultural experience at Mossman Gorge as you listen to tales of Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime beneath the canopy of the Daintree Rainforest
  • Relish the view of the Southern Alps on New Zealand’s South Island with a sunrise tour to photograph the light as it reflects of off snowcapped peaks
  • Photograph the exuberant bungee jumpers that leap from the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, the highest bungee in New Zealand
  • Bask in the marvelous colors of sunrise from a hot air balloon as it drifts over the Atherton Tablelands
  • Marvel at the golden hues and the light dust of snow on the textured hills and peaks around Lindis Pass
  • Explore the cobblestone streets and charming botanical garden of Christchurch to photograph the welcoming culture, the amazing architecture, and the gorgeous landscape

Detailed Description

Whether a photography enthusiast or a novice cameraperson with a good eye for detail, your adventurous tour of New Zealand and Australia will engage you completely. From learning about the proper lens to capture a sunrise to framing a story through light and shadow, you will marvel at hills and mountains, rainforest and beaches, bonfires and storytellers as you share your own adventures found in your 10-day journey. Your trip will begin with your arrival at Christchurch Airport on New Zealand’s South Island as your private transfer will escort you to your luxurious hotel on the fringe of Hagley Park. Your guide will meet you in the lobby after you have had a chance to settle in, and then you will move out into the streets for a private introductory tour of the Victorian architecture, cobblestone lanes, and blossoming flowers.

Wake the next day, and your private transfer will lead you through the Canterbury Plains and into Mt. Cook National Park to photograph the highest peaks in the country, many of which are connected to the Southern Alps. Enjoy a sunset photo shoot of the landscape before relaxing in the comforts of your hotel in Twizel. Enjoy an early start the following morning to photograph the sunlight bouncing off of the snowcapped peaks of the mountains before making your way to Cromwell in the Central Otago region. Travel a hidden road for a photogenic afternoon before making your way through the dramatic Lindis Pass.

Begin the next day as you watch the sunrise over the stunning landscape. Pass the vineyards of the region and stop on the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge for a unique chance to photograph the contemporary culture of bungee jumpers as they leap from the platform. Once in Queenstown, you will enjoy a remarkable tour of the trails near Lake Wakatipu to photograph the town and the surrounding landscape at sunset. The next day will bring a breathtaking mixture of sea branches and cliffs as found at Milford Sound.  Step aboard your cruise along the fiord and capture images of barking sea lions and thundering waterfalls before returning to Queenstown for the evening.

The next day, your private transfer will escort you to the Queenstown Airport for your flight to Cairns. You will then continue northbound for a scenic drive to reach your hotel at Port Douglas, which will overlook the white sands of Australia’s east coast. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to relax amongst the rainforest trees or lounge on the coastline. Board a catamaran at the Port Douglas Marina the next morning bound for the celebrated Outer Reef. Spend time snorkeling with your underwater camera equipment to photograph the unparalleled marvels of the Great Barrier Reef as your full day tour will allow you to witness the coral and subaquatic life by semi-submersible, glass bottom boat, snorkeling excursion, or even scuba diving tour.

Move next to the rainforest at Daintree for a full day tour spent traversing the rivers and trails between Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation. Learn the history of the Kuku Yalanji tribe and scour the waters for crocodiles on a river cruise. Rise before dawn the next morning for a private transfer to the plains of the Atherton Tablelands. Take to the skies in a hot air balloon and watch the sunrise over Australia’s breathtaking east coast. After you land, the remainder of the day is at your leisure to relax at your resort or lounge on the beaches.  You could also venture to the lookout at Flagstaff Hill for a final picture-perfect panorama of Port Douglas. Your private transfer will meet you in your hotel lobby the next day and escort you to Cairns Airport for your flight home. 

Starting Price

$3,245 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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