PHOTO SAFARI Queenstown Backcountry Photography Trip

We seek an expression of interest from people wishing to participate. Even though our automated booking system asks you to make a payment, please disregard this. YOU ARE ONLY REGISTERING YOUR INTEREST AT THIS STAGE. Please email Ronald when you wish to go firm.



The total cost is $3,700   A first payment of $500 to be paid before 1st March to cover deposits, the balance $3,200 on 1st April. Pay to CPF bank account.

The order and suggested shoots may change due to weather but this is as close as we can get.

It would be a great help if participants could confirm their booking asap, we have 6 firm and require 2 more to lock in the first two vehicles. A further 4 bookings are required to firm up the third vehicle. The maximum we are accepting is 12 people, giving 3 vehicles.

All accomodation and food is include and the only transortation at Queenstown you are required to pay is from the SV Ernslaw to the airport or where ever you are departing from.

"All accomodation is penciled in for 8 with room to expand to 12 if required.
If as people sign on you could get there dietry requirements. Breakfast lunch and some dinners will be on location. ( BBQ on the sumit ?)

Kit dont worry enough room in trucks for camera packs and day clothes. We will be bringing a rather large box trailer for luggage and our considerable kit

Milford I suggest you get bring full head bug nets and when you are shooting wear plastic gloves I will supply. I have yet to see a bug product that doessnt smear lenses and keep you sane and bug free.

If you have large hand held brollies bring them an invaluable tool in high rain fall fiordland.




Day one 14 April 9am

Meet at Queenstown Airport Departure longe. 9.00am for departure at 9.15am

Travel from Queenstown to Lookout Lodge1.15 take 

Photos  Bay Wanaka foreshore and Lake Hawea till dark Then dinner

Day Two 15 April 5 am

Travel  1 hr to the ridge between the lakes fantastic dawn shooting

Light breakfast coffee on location 

9 am travel to Alexandra 1 hr autumn colours travel Sky Castles stone cottage travel Clyde 1 hr Evening shoot

Dinner out Old Post Office

Stay Dunstan House

Day three 16 April

Dawn shoot Nevis Valley Tors travel 1 hour Explore Nevis Valley 

Travel Milford Road 2.5 hours to Milford

Stay Milford Sound Lodge

Dinner to be called

Day Five 17 April 

Dawn shoot Milford Sound Explore Milford  Road travel 1 hour

Travel to Von Valley Mavora lakes 2 hours  cool shooting in the afternoon  

Stay Bunk room style Hikuraki Lodge we supply Duvets dinner on Location

Note Hikuraki has still to confirm we have the option of Mt Nic to stay

Day Six 19 April

Dawn shots of lake then Von Valley travel Morning shots of Mt Earnslaw. 1 hour  travel Walter Peak for Earnslaw 11 am 

Own cost taxi to airport

Anyone leaving later can forgo the Earnslaw and travel back round with trucks exploring some other places

This trip is scheduled for mid April to coincide with good weather and the start of the fall colours. 

The trip is being planned and coordinated by Stephen Robertson, who has had many years experience inthe

His photo bucket has a few pics



This is a rare and remarkable trip made possible by personal contacts, built up over many years, by members of CPF. The objective is to go into inaccessible areas that can't be accessed by the public. Either they are too remote or they involve private property. Many of the locations were discovered by people doing research for film directors like Peter Jackson (Producer of Lord of the Rings, Hobbit) and similar people. It is hoped that some people may book in for the Pre- or Post-trip options to extend their stay and cover some of the more accessible areas.

The group will travel in 4-wheel-drive vehicles, with professional drivers. The route is ambitious and will be aimed at giving the maximum coverage of three very different locations. Each stop will be relatively quick to enable experienced photographers to capture the essence of the area and then move on; there will be ample time without any hanging around.

Each day will start before sunrise and continue to after sunset.

It is hoped that some use can be made of helicopters, but this will be dependant on the number attending and the economics of when it is cheaper to use helicopters. 12 people are required to make this possible, so start spreading the word.

The team will not return to Queenstown each night, but stay out at key locations in good-quality Lodges or remote Farm Stays. All meals will be catered with maximum use being made of pre-packed meals to enable the group to stay out on location as much as possible.

This is the sort of trip that you would expect from a professionally organised, big name photographer, as a photographic educational tour, however we are totally confident that we can can provide the locations and that working as a team we do not require the support of a teacher. It is expected that there will be professional landscape photographers on the trip - but they are there as team members.

The trip will be based on carloads of four people, ie. 4, 8 12.

Stephen Robertson  027 378 7378    3 442 7378



Neville Porter. Convenor

Ronald Winstone

Sally Winstone

Bruce Sanderson

Sally Sanderson

Andrew Chong

Sue Dobson