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NZ Wildlife & Landscape Photography Tour - 7 Days

NZ Wildlife & Landscape Photography Tour - 7 Days

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When:

  • Tue 2 May ’17, 9:00am – 9:00pm
  • Wed 3 May ’17, 9:00am – 9:00pm
  • Thu 4 May ’17, 9:00am – 9:00pm
  • Fri 5 May ’17, 9:00am – 9:00pm
  • Sat 6 May ’17, 9:00am – 9:00pm
  • Sun 7 May ’17, 9:00am – 9:00pm
  • Mon 8 May ’17, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Where:

Christchurch International Airport, Durey Road, Burnside, Christchurch

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • NZ Wildlife & Landscape Photography Tour – 7 Days: $3,880.00

Website:

Official Website

2nd May - 8th May 2017 - Invercargill - Christchurch

Join Richard Young and Trevor Penfold on a 7-day tour showcasing some of New Zealand’s rarest wildlife and most distinctive coastal landscapes. This week long East Coast Tour itinerary takes in the best photographic opportunities the area has to offer.

Day 1 – The Catlins:
Today we head east towards the Catlins. En route we visit the South Island’s most southerly point, Waipapa and its well-known lighthouse. We move on to a beach in the Catlins Coastal Rainforest Park where a low tide reveals long fingers of fossilised forest, some 160 million years old and now exposed by tide and time. From here we travel inland to explore the waterfalls of the Catlins. These may not be high, but have a subtle beauty all of their own.

Day 2 - The Catlins/Otago Peninsula:
Heading north through the Catlins, we take in sunrise at the spectacular coastline of Nugget Point, where a lighthouse, wind-ruffled native shrubs and off-shore islands combine in a photogenic scene. Along the Catlins coast, we will hopefully get the chance to photograph penguins and the magnificent New Zealand sea lion, which in recent decades has begun breeding again in the Catlins area. The day ends at Larnach Castle, one of New Zealand’s most stately buildings, set on the crest of the Otago Peninsula near Dunedin. Dinner here will be a culinary highlight of the tour, eating in the castle’s grand dining room.

Day 3 - Otago Peninsula:
The Otago Peninsula; home to penguins, albatross and sea lions, is often called the wildlife capital of New Zealand. We take a boat charter to view many of these species from the sea, visit the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Southern Royal Albatross. We end the day photographing sunset over the ridges and estuaries of the peninsula.

Day 4 - Moeraki:
Heading north along the East Coast we stop to photograph the forest birds at Orokonui, which is home to New Zealand’s tuatara, a relic from the dinosaur age. The day also includes photographing a colony of shags along the coastline here. Then we head out into the last light of the day to photograph Yellow-eyed penguins at a coastal reserve on their return from a day out at sea. Tonight we stay near Moeraki, south of Oamaru.

Day 5 - Moeraki/Kaikoura:
An early start to photograph sunrise over the famed Moeraki Boulders which are curiously round rocks known as ‘concretions,’ set into a scenic beachscape. Further north at historic Oamaru, we have the opportunity to photograph the white stone buildings of this heritage town. Heading further north we drive to north Canterbury, passing through vineyards in autumn colours.

Day 6 - Kaikoura:
The Kaikoura Peninsula protrudes into the Pacific Ocean with the stunning backdrop of the Seaward Kaikoura mountains. Offshore, a deep oceanic trench which is rich in food, supports an outstanding range of seabird species and marine mammals. We take a world-class boat trip to photograph white-caped, wandering or southern royal albatross, as well as giant petrels. Back on land, we photograph fur seals, which have a large breeding colony at the peninsula.

Day 7 - Kaikoura/Christchurch:
The Kaikoura Peninsula offers a rare opportunity to photograph the Kaikoura Mountains across the bay, with textured limestone reefs in the foreground. It is one of the best coastal photographic locations in New Zealand. In the afternoon we travel to Christchurch, stopping en route to capture the last of the autumn colours, arriving in time to meet flights or for your onward travel.

Price includes:
- Tuition by Richard Young & Trevor Penfold
- Boat trip on the Otago Peninsula
- Boat trip at Kaikoura
- Entry to Orokonui Ecosanctuary
- 6 nights hotel accommodation (twin share, single upgrade available)
- 6 breakfasts
- 1 dinner at Larnach Castle
- Stay and entry to Larnach Castle
- Transport during the tour
- Printed notes
- DOC concession fees

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