Kia Ora! South Island Photography Trip (8D7N)

 

Depart Singapore:

14 May 2016 (Saturday)

 

Depart Queenstown:

21 May 2016 (Saturday)

 

Trip Type:

This is a photography trip Photography

 

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Lovingly known as the Land of the Long White Cloud, New Zealand is indeed blessed with super stunning and diverse natural beauty with pristine clear sky, jagged mountains, rolling pasture land, steep fiords, pristine trout-filled lakes, raging rivers, scenic beaches, and active volcanic zones.

Consisting of two main islands with the North Island being rich in Maori culture and the South Island being overwhelmed with activities, there is something for everyone in New Zealand.

Venture into this Paradise of the Pacific in autumn to be in the arms of beautiful autumn foliage and give yourself a well-deserved treat for the eyes. Amazing landscape beholds and is truly a great photography venue for photographers as well as non-photographers.

Coupled with the friendly New Zealanders and splendid weather in this season, it is a trip not to be missed! Join us to venture into Middle Earth and discover the precious gem in your heart.

 

Itinerary 

Day 1 (14 May): Depart Singapore

  • Depart Singapore for our overnight international flight to Christchurch.

Meals provided: onboard the plane

 

Day 2 (15 May): Arrive in Christchurch – Lake Tekapo

  • Church of Good ShepherdUpon arrival at Christchurch, meet up with our local guide cum driver.
  • Drive to Lake Tekapo and enjoy the beautiful scenary along the way.
    • Duration of drive: around 4.5 hours
  • Upon reaching Lake Tekapo, check in to hotel and freshen up.
  • Take a short break, have our dinner before we begin our night activity.
  • Proceed for night shooting near the famous Church of the Good Shepherd by Lake Tekapo.
  • Trigger happy under the blanket of  stars and capture the milkyway if the sky is clear.
  • After shooting, back to the hotel to rest for the night.

Meals provided: Dinner
Accommodation: Godley Resort or similar

 

Day 3 (16 May): Lake Tekapo – Mt Cook

  • Mt Cook National ParkAfter breakfast, begin today’s journey.
  • Proceed to Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park with 2 to 3 photography stops along the way.
  • Upon arrival, check in to lodge.
  • Proceed for lunch at the café of The Hermitage Hotel.
  • After lunch, free and easy for the rest of the afternoon.
    • Optional Activities:
      • Do short hikes at nearby Hooker Valley which are well-guided with signs.
        • Cost: FOC
      • Visit The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre at The Hermitage Hotel which is a tribute to the first man who climbed Mt Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary.
        • Cost: NZD 20
  • Proceed for dinner at our lodge.
  • Star gazing at Mt Cook National ParkAfter dinner, proceed for star gazing activity with Big Sky Stargazing guide.
  • We get to have an orientation in the Digital Dome Planetarium which highlights the unique features of the southern night sky.
  • After which, proceed to the outdoor stargazing site and explore the amazing sky with telescopes and astronomy binoculars.
  • After a starry starry night, back to the lodge to rest for the night.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mt Cook Backpacker’s Lodge or similar

 

Day 4 (17 May): Mt Cook – Wanaka – Aspiring National Park – Wanaka

  • Wanaka TownAfter breakfast, proceed to Wanaka via Omarama.
  • Along the scenic drive, stop at various shooting spots to capture the amazing landscape.
  • Upon reaching Wanaka, proceed for lunch at a local restaurant.
    • Note: Lunch is at own expenses.
  • After lunch, shoot around Wanaka’s lovely town.
  • Proceed to Mt Aspiring National Park for a short walk to marvel at the beauty of nature bestowed upon this 10th National Park of New Zealand.
  • After the short walk, move on to our hotel to check in and rest for the day.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Edgewater Resort or similar

 

Day 5 (18 May): Wanaka – Arrowtown – Te Anau – Milford Sound

  • Lake WanakaEarly in the morning, we can walk to Lake Wanaka for early morning shoot.
    • Recommendation:
      • The early morning mist and fantastic light make Lake Wanaka a great spot for morning shooting.
      • The “Tree” in Lake Wanaka which is a lonely willow tree in the lake is a popular subject for photography.
  • After shooting, proceed back to our resort for breakfast.
  • After breakfast, bid beautiful Wanaka farewell and leave for Te Anau via Arrowtown, a historic gold mining town in the Otago region of the South Island.
  • Kawarau BridgeAlong the way, stop by Kawarau Bridge, the first bungy jump bridge in the world and do the bungy if you dare.
    • Cost of bungy jump (at own expenses): NZD 195
  • We will also stop at a few shooting spots which have great photography opportunities.
  • Upon arrival at Te Anau, grocery shopping with the group for our self-cooked dinner.
    • Note: Each pax will be given NZD 50 to buy the groceries for 18 May’s dinner and 19 May’s breakfast.
  • After shopping, proceed to Milford Sound, check in to our hotel and rest for the day.
    • Duration of drive:  around 3 hours

Meals provided: Breakfast, Self-cooked Dinner
Accommodation: Milford Lodge or similar

 

Day 6 (19 May): Milford Sound – Te Anau

  • Milford SoundEarly in the morning, shoot around magical Milford Sound at your own pace.
  • Have fun preparing our self-cooked breakfast with the group.
  • After breakfast, board a cruise and enjoy cruising around this beautiful fiord which was once called the 8th Wonder of the World.
    • Time of cruise: 11am
  • Have a sumptuous lunch onboard the cruise.
  • After a memorable cruise experience, proceed back to Te Anau with a few shooting spots along the way.
  • Check in to our hotel in Te Anau and rest for the day.
    • Optional Activities:
      • Key Summit Track
        • Trek Options: Guided or self-guided
        • Length of trek: 3.4 km return
        • Duration of trek: 3 hours

Meals provided: Self-cooked Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore or similar

 

Day 7 (20 May): Te Anau – Queenstown

  • QueenstownAfter breakfast, proceed to Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of the World.
  • Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and enjoy a free and easy afternoon.
  • Queenstown is easy to navigate with plenty of shops, restaurants and activities galore.
    • Optional Activities:
      • Explore Glenochy and Routeburn Rainforest
        • Duration: 5 hour return
  • In the late afternoon, proceed to Skyline Queenstown where we will take a gondola up to a viewing point to get amazing view of The Remarkables, Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.
  • Wait patiently for the sun to set and trigger happy of the golden bask of the sunset glow cast over the scenary before us.
  • After sunset, proceed for dinner.
  • After dinner, you can choose to either go back to the hotel to rest for the night or continue your night shooting in the town.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Copthorne Lakefront or similar

 

GlenorchyDay 8 (21 May): Depart Queenstown

  • After an early breakfast, check out of hotel and proceed to the airport.
  • Reach airport for our international flight back to Singapore bringing back sweet memories of New Zealand, the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price:

Twin-Sharing (Price Per Pax)

SGD 2,799.00

Single Pax (Price Per Pax) 

SGD 3,299.00

(Price is for minimum 6 pax to depart. For solo traveller or other group size, please contact us for pricing.)

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details.

Package Inclusions

      • 1 English-speaking local guide cum driver
      • Airport transfers in Christchurch and Queenstown
      • Private transportation in private air-conditioned rental car or 4WD
      • 6 nights’ accommodation based on twin/double sharing room with daily breakfast at 3 to 4-star lodges/hotels
      • Lodging, guide fees and meals for the driver guide
      • All meals as indicated in itinerary
      • Night Observatory Tour at Mt Cook
      • Milford Sound Cruise
      • Skyline Queenstown
      • Entrance fees to indicated sights

Package Exclusions

      • International airfare (Singapore – Christchurch – Queenstown – Singapore) and airport tax
      • Personal travel insurance
      • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, drinking water, dessert, laundry
      • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events e.g. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
      • Additional meals not mentioned in above itinerary (estimated NZD 15 to NZD 35 per meal)
      • Tips or gratuities to driver guide
      • Optional Tours/Activities

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

 

Flight cost and information as at 14 Oct 2015. Subject to availability and change. 

 

14 May 2016

Singapore (SIN) to Sydney (SYD):

British Airways (BA 15) 1920hrs – 0505hrs

 

15 May 2016

Sydney (SYD) to Christchurch (CHC):

Air New Zealand (NZ 884) 1005hrs – 1510hrs*

 

21 May 2016

Queenstown (ZQN) to Sydney (SYD):

Qantas (QF 220) 0940hrs – 1105hrs

 

21 May 2016

Sydney (SYD) to Singapore (SIN):

British Airways (BA 16) 1530hrs – 2145hrs

*Reach Christchurch at 1510 on 15 May 2016

 

Estimated price of return air tickets (inclusive of airport taxes and baggage, excluding miscellaneous): SGD 1,004.11

 

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