New Zealand Photography Workshop 1-8 July 2018


DATES: 1 - 8 July 2018


The South Island of New Zealand is a landscape photographer's paradise!!

From steep mountain ranges to turquoise-blue glacial lakes, New Zealand offers the landscape photographer countless opportunities. You'll take a helicopter onto Franz Josef Glacier to shoot the stunning ice formations; take an early morning walk to Key Summit, a stunning lookout over the Darran Ranges in Fiordland; drive the Milford Road with it's endless photo opportunities; and what about Milford Sound? You'll enjoy a gorgeous morning cruise on the sound, well before all the crowds get there - you'll feel like you have the place to yourself!! Staying in the best accommodation, you have your own private suite to relax in at the end of each day.

Join us on this New Zealand Photography Workshop where you'll get to photograph all the South Island's unique landscapes at the BEST times of day under the expert tuition with me.

With this New Zealand South Island Photography Workshop limited to just 8 participants only, you'll have plenty of one-on-one expert tuition with me to improve your photography throughout the week and capture the best photographs possible.


  • An early morning boat cruise on Milford Sound well before all the tourists get there
  • A helicopter ride over Franz Josef Glacier for aerial photography
  • A sunrise shoot over Key Summit
  • The famous Lake Wanaka tree
  • A personalised private tour of the PURE NEW ZEALAND ice cream factory



You won't get a better introduction to New Zealand. After your spectacular flight over the Southern Alps into Queenstown, we'll greet you at the airport to take you to your luxury accommodation in town. After freshening up and breathing in some of the clearest air in the world, we'll have dinner together at my favourite pizza restaurant (hidden and only known to locals) to go over our plans for the next few days.


An early start sees us capturing the glorious morning light on the lake adjacent to Queenstown. We'll explore the gorgeous little Arrowtown close by before heading the the road to Milford Sound shooting all the stunning sights up the Milford Road. You'll finish this spectacular day by photographing the sunset over Milford Sound.


Our day starts early as we capture the sunrise over Milford Sound. Then we'll be the first to jump in a boat to shoot the spectacular waterfalls that cascade down the glacial walls. In the afternoon we'll sit down to download our images and I'll work with you to improve them in any way possible. 


It's an early start as we travel down the Milford Road to walk up to Key Summit. The image below tells the story best...


After that unbelievable start to the day, we drive to the gorgeous town of Wanaka where we'll visit the local ice-creamery to sample a few of the cheeky homemade ice creams on offer from our friends at Pure New Zealand Ice Cream.

In the afternoon we'll photograph Lake Wanaka with yes, that famous Wanaka tree!


Today we'll hit the road towards Franz Josef Glacier where there's many opportunities to stop and photograph the lush rainforest and waterfalls on the West Coast.


This morning we'll take a drive down the road to Lake Mathieson to capture a spectacular scene. The stillness of the lake will perfectly reflect the mountains behind of Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest peak. If that wasn't enough, jump in a helicopter with me and come exploring on Franz Josef Glacier. We'll spend our time photographing the spectacular ice caves as well as taking our helicopter transport up over the New Zealand Alps to photograph sunset.


Driving up the stunning West Coast, we'll stay overnight at Arthur's Pass to enjoy the scenery of our last full day on the South Island.


After a well-earned sleep-in, we'll have breakfast and say our goodbyes before heading for the airport (insert sad face here...).


TESTIMONIALS from this New Zealand South Island Photo Workshop

"Thank you so much for another amazing workshop. New Zealand is a photographer's dream location and you really made the journey worthwhile. Despite some bad (foul) weather, I think it added to the atmosphere of the images and certainly tested my skills as a photographer. Thank you too for all the post workshop notes, links, downloads, vouchers, etc.  As usual, you have gone above and beyond what was expected." Yvonne, Sydney.

“I have just finished the 2014 New Zealand South Island workshop, this being my second trip with you. Again you have surpassed my expectations, the accommodation was first class, the food was exceptional, the companionship was great. That is all before I talk about the photography. I am amazed at the effort you put into your workshops, you are always there to help, coach and inspire your fellow photographers. I have learn so much from you not just from the shoots that we do, but from the critique sessions you run during the tour. I have also learnt so much about Lightroom flows and post production that my photos have gone to another level just from your teachings.” Paul, Sydney.

"Having been on numerous photographic workshops, our recent trip to New  Zealand is without doubt the very best. Of course the scenery is brilliant, changing each time we went around a corner. What really made it work though is your warm spirited, generous approach to the participants, combined with your skills as a teacher. I came home with some cracking images, and with greatly increased knowledge about how to capture more in the future. Thanks Tom."  Ken, Melbourne

“Thank you for your endless energy and generosity. I never really appreciated how much more there was to photography before coming on your workshops!” Natasha, Brisbane.

“What a great learning experience! I’ve find a lot more in the shots I’ve taken having been on your workshop – thank you!” John, Brisbane


YOUR Leader

Hi I'm Tom Putt and I'll be leading you on this AMAZING New Zealand Photo Workshop. 

A little bit more about me - I am passionate and wildly enthusiastic about photography, having spent the last 20 years exploring all parts of Australia to photograph landscapes.

I first fell in love with photography at age 13. I photographed wildlife, following my love for ornithology, before leaving university to pursue a career in sports photography. In 1998, I was fortunate enough to take the eye of Australia's leading sports photography agency, Sport the Library. From 1998 to 2001, I covered over 300 events across Australia and the world, including the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

But my passion has always been in landscape photography. My first shoot was walking the Overland Track in 1997. Since then, I have travelled extensively across Australia to capture the beauty of this great land.

I am a Master of Photography and have won over 100 Awards in both International and National Competitions. In 2014, I was awarded the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Runner-up.

The New Zealand South Island Photography Workshop includes:

  • 8 days/7 nights
  • 4 Star Hotels
  • All Meals 
  • Private, air-conditioned vehicle to take you comfortably to all the photographic locations
  • Transfers from all airports in New Zealand.
  • Private one-on-one tuition with me, Tom Putt, award-winning Master landscape photographer
  • Group critique sessions that allow for maximum learning
  • Photographic Notes
  • National park fees and permits 

Please make sure you:


  • 8 participants only


  • Arrive Queenstown Airport, South Island, New Zealand. 
  • Departs Christchurch Airport.
  • A private mini bus collects you from the airport. Our workshop begins at 7pm on the first day and ends at 9am on the last day. 


  • Beginner, Amateur, Enthusiast, Semi-professional, Professional.
  • Busy schedule.
  • Travel by mini bus, day cruise and helicopter.
  • 4 hotels across 7 nights.
  • All our workshops require a good sense of balance and a good level of fitness in order to fully enjoy all the experiences. We regularly walk to fantastic locations for up to an hour at any a time but in one day you could be walking up to 3 to 4 hours in total. This may require walking over uneven ground, rocky surfaces, soft sand, deep snow, up and down hills, rock hopping, hiking to lookouts, etc. Some walks are steep and strenuous, others are on uneven surfaces. To get the best photographs you will be carrying your own backpack with your camera gear, tripod, water and lunch. Whilst we do not look to exclude anyone, being fit is essential to participate fully in the workshop.


  • JULY - Temperature 0 to 10C  Sunrise 730am | Sunset 534pm


  • Full payment required upon booking to guarantee your place. 
  • Terms & Conditions - CLICK HERE.


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