Kia Ora! South Island Self-Drive Photography Trip (8D7N)


Suitable Months:

April, May


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.



Day 1: Depart Singapore

  • Depart Singapore for our overnight international flight to Christchurch.

Meals provided: onboard the plane


Day 2: Arrive in Christchurch – Lake Tekapo

  • Church of Good ShepherdUpon arrival at Christchurch, meet up with our local guide and collect rental car(s).
  • 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: 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: 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.
    • Optional: Can go for Ridgeline Adventures Wanaka Wildlife Safari (2.5hrs)
      • Cost: NZD 165
  • 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: Wanaka – Arrowtown – Te Anau

Lake Wanaka

  • Early 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.
    • Optional: Can go for Eco Wanaka’s Lake Wanaka Cruise & Island Nature Walk
      • Time of Tour: 130pm to 530pm
      • Cost: NZD 195
  • Kawarau BridgeAfter 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.
  • Along 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: NZD 195
  • We will also stop at a few shooting spots which have great photography opportunities.
  • Upon arrival at Te Anau, check in to our hotel and rest for the day.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore or similar


Day 6: Te Anau – Milford Sound – Te Anau

  • Milford SoundAfter an early breakfast, we shall begin our adventure today and head for Milford Sound.
    • Duration of drive:  around 3 hours
  • 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 and rest for the night.

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


Day 7: 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.
  • At around 3pm, 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: Queenstown – Glenorchy – Depart from Queenstown

  • After an early breakfast, check out of hotel.
  • Proceed to Glenorchy and Routeburn where we will take a short walk along the Routeburn Track.
  • Explore Glenorchy and Routeburn before we 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

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


      • Drive along the crystal-clear glacier lakes of Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki and wonder why the lakes are so blue
      • Go star-catching at Lake Tekapo and enjoy a multi-star experience
      • Be dwarfed among the mountains at Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
      • Do short hikes at Hooker Valley to embrace the nature of New Zealand
      • Be in the arms of the autumn foliage at beautiful Wanaka and Arrowtown
      • Take the leap of faith at Kawarau Bridge to challenge your guts
      • Be at Te Anau, the gateway to famous fiords such as Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound
      • Enjoy cruising in Milford Sound, which is New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination
      • Keep yourself busy with the multiple activities at Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of the World
      • Venture into Glenorchy, a popular film location where a few popular movies including Lord of the Rings was filmed

Package Inclusions

      • 1 English-speaking local guide
      • Airport transfers in Christchurch and Queenstown
      • Self-drive private transportation in private air-conditioned rental car or 4WD
      • 7 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 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 guide
      • Optional Tours/Activities



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