Private Tour Full Day Queenstown and Southern Lakes Photography Tour


  • Cover lots of ground—travel between Queenstown and the Southern Lakes

  • Hassle-free trip with door-to-door transport included

  • See filming locations from movies including “Lord of the Rings”


Begin your tour with an early morning pick-up from your Queenstown, Frankton or Arrowtown hotel by private vehicle, and head straight into the hills around Queenstown to make the most of the morning light. From a high vantage point like Skippers Saddle, enjoy spectacular views of not only Queenstown, Frankton and Arrowtown, but the entire Wakatipu Basin. With the help of your guide, a professional photographer, learn how to get the best out of your camera, and master manual settings like aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Then, turn your lens towards the stunning landscapes below, and follow your guide’s advice on composition and lighting as you try your hand at landscape photography. After taking in the views from above, your tour route depends on your individual preferences. You could choose to head West toward Glenorchy, Paradise and Kinloch, where you can shoot cascading waterfalls, abandoned gold mines and Lord of the Rings filming destinations around Lake Wakatipu, and the Dart and Rees Rivers. Heading East, you’ll be treated to the rugged cliffs and canyons of the Crown Range, Gibbston Valley, Coronet Peak, and Kawarau Gorge. Alternatively, travel south past Lake Wakatipu and around the base of the Remarkables Range, where you can photograph wild rivers, alpine peaks, and an old steam railway. Finally, you could head North over the Crown Range toward Wanaka, tackling New Zealand’s highest mountain road, and enjoying views of Lake Wanaka, Mount Aspiring and the Southern Alps. Along the way, pick up plenty of expert tips and enjoy ample opportunities to hone your photography skills and capture some winning shots. There will be time for lunch (own expense) in one of the villages en-route, and after your tour is over, you’ll be dropped back at your Queenstown hotel.

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9 hours
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Why take this tour?

This is a great pick for travelers interested in finding photogenic spots in New Zealand. Save hours of research time, and join a professional photographer on an adventure to top sights between Queenstown and the Southern Lakes. Get top tips on how to take great photos, and discover plenty of natural wonders, including Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables Range, and Skippers Canyon.

What’s included?

  • Private tour for small-groups or individuals

  • Flexible itinerary

  • Advice on creative composition and using your camera

  • Local photographer guide

  • Comfortable 4WD

  • Light refreshments

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Lunch (Opportunity to buy lunch)

  • Camera (Nikon D5100, available to rent)

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Before you book

  • Duration: 9h

  • Mobile tickets accepted

  • Instant confirmation

Covid Policy

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Remarkable Imagery Photography Tours

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About operator:

You love landscape photography but don't have the time to find the most awesome locations and take the great shots? Come with us on a Remarkable Imagery photography tour. Make the most of your time here in the Southern Lakes and capture images you're proud to show back home. Tell us what you would like to capture. We will arrange a photography tour to fulfill your needs. Extend your creativity and your camera skills. Our expert guides show you how you to get the best out of your digital camera.

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