A Photographer's Guide to New Zealand's South Island

2 weeks +
52 Activities
12 Locations

Trip Summary

This is not the New Zealand you will see from the window of a tourist, but the real thing! In this trip, you’ll experience the real New Zealand. Places you might never have dreamed of putting on your itinerary and locations you’ll find yourself wanting to linger over because they are so sensational you can’t bear to leave. New Zealand is growing in popularity. Every year more and more travellers are discovering previously unheard of locations to visit and capture. Go now while there are still hidden gems to explore and enjoy these places while they're still relatively unknown, you might even have them all to yourself. If you like nature photography, adventure and a bit of luxury, this trip is perfect for you!

Starting from

$2500 USD per person

About Meghan

An award-winning landscape photographer and travel blogger, I find beautiful places to visit and photograph that are not your traditional tourist spots. I know that the most memorable travel moments you'll create, are the unexpected locations along the way where the light turns an ordinary scene into one of wonder that you just have to capture. My trips will help you experience this for yourself!

Trip Highlights

Mirror reflections at Lake Matheson
The hike to Rob Roy Glacier
The scenic drive to Milford Sound
NZ's amazing night skies at Mount Cook
Experience the sunrise at Nugget Point
Included in Price
  • All accommodation
  • Ground transportation
  • Airport transfers
  • Paid activities
  • Access to the storyteller's interactive guide (including lots of free activities and helpful tips)
Not Included in Price
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Entry visas / airport departure tax
  • Personal expenses
  • An actual guide / host of the trip (Airguides trips are unhosted)

Trip Overview

Kaikoura

Kaikoura

NZ's most abundant sea life can all be found here - encounter a variety of whale species in their natural environment, swim with the dolphins, walk on the coastal walkway amongst the seals, and capture this all with an amazing backdrop that includes both mountains and sea. Allow 2 days here for a better chance to go Whale Watching (as it is weather dependent!)
1 Sleep options
2 Things to Do
1 Places to Eat

Activities

Whale Watch Kaikoura
do
Whale Watch Kaikoura
Kaikoura is one of the only places is in the world you can experience such an abundance of wildlife. This is because of the Kaikoura Canyon - a deep offshore ocean trench that is brimming with rich nutrients for
feeding. Seeing such a variety of sea life in its own natural environment is a rare privilege and on any given day you might see several whale species (sperm, humpback or orca), dolphins and native NZ bird life.
Ohau Seal Colony
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Ohau Seal Colony
This is an awesome opportunity to see NZ fur seals up close in their natural environment from the newly re-opened lookout on SH1 - the whole areas was closed for two years due to the Kaikoura earthquake in 2016
but it is heartwarming to see the seals have returned in full force and you can observe seals of all shapes, ages and sizes playing happily amongst the rocks.
Hislops Wholefood Cafe
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Hislops Wholefood Cafe
Hislops Wholefoods Cafe serves up a hearty and wholesome menu which really sets you up with a great start to the day when you're heading off to explore the region. I loved it so much I ate breakfast here two days
running!
Puhi Puhi DOC campsite
sleep
Puhi Puhi DOC campsite
Camping a night in this scenic reserve is the perfect base to explore the surf beach of Mangamaunu and the Seal Colony at Ohau Point just down the road. The opportunity to capture sunrise on the rocky shores of
Maungamaunu or make like a local and surf the first golden light shouldn't be missed! Puhi Puhi Scenic Reserve is included in the DOC weekly campsite pass.

The Trip in Photos

Whale Watch Kaikoura
Whale Watch Kaikoura
Kaikoura
Ohau Seal Colony
Ohau Seal Colony
Kaikoura
Hislops Wholefood Cafe
Hislops Wholefood Cafe
Kaikoura
Puhi Puhi DOC campsite
Puhi Puhi DOC campsite
Kaikoura
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Arthurs Pass
Devils Punchbowl Falls
Devils Punchbowl Falls
Arthurs Pass
Lake Pearson (DOC campsite)
Lake Pearson (DOC campsite)
Arthurs Pass
Lake Pearson (DOC campsite)
Lake Pearson (DOC campsite)
Arthurs Pass