North to Wanaka and Beyond


North to Wanaka and Beyond

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  • Our half day tour gives you 4-5 hours to head north, climbing the high saddle of the Crown Range with its glorious views of the Wakatipu Basin, winding through stark hills of the Cardrona Valley, stopping in at the famous Cardrona pub as we head out to Wanaka with it's stunning lake and iconic tree.

    Our route on the day will be determined by group preferences, weather and light conditions.

    4-5 HR TOUR

  • With a full day we have 8-9 hours to explore. This all day adventure starts with stunning morning views of the Wakatipu Basin from the highest road pass in New Zealand, then sweeps down through the spectacular Cardrona Valley to Wanaka passing the historic old pub at Cardrona. Lake Wanaka is one of the South Island’s great glacial lakes with a magic backdrop of Mount Aspiring and the Southern Alps. We have an opportunity to capture one of New Zealand's photographic icons - the Wanaka Tree, before we head on through Glendhu Bay, the Motutapu Ravine and on to the valley of the fast flowing Matukituki River. The wide alluvial plane of the Matukituki is home to deer and sheep, but it’s high sided walls become steeper and the valley narrows as you drive further. At the road’s end we are surrounded by snow clad peaks where water cascades down sheer walls around us A sense of remoteness and the power of nature are omnipresent here. Alternatively, we can loop back to Queenstown through the historic gold mining, friut and wine growing area around Cromwell.

    Our route on the day will be determined by group preferences, weather and light conditions.

    8-9 HR TOUR

One Direction, So Much to Capture


This page is designed to inspire you with some of the sights you may see when we choose to travel north to Wanaka and beyond. Half day tours will take us to Wanaka, exploring sites along the way. Full days allow us to take more time and head beyond Wanaka, following the lake up into alpine rivers or looping back to Queenstown through Cromwell with its vinyards and gold history.

How far we travel also depends on whether we stop frequently to take lots of shots or whether we pick fewer locations and explore creative options at each site. Our tour takes you to the places we know best and love most. We love sharing these special locations with you because they are different every tome we go. This page should give you an idea of what there is to see in this direction.

With so many options in this direction, tell us what interests you most. We'll discuss at the start of the tour, taking your photography experience and interestes, your equipment, light and weather conditions into account to design a great day's photography.


  • A great range of amazing vistas and photo opportunities
  • Off the beaten track
  • Lots of local knowledge and information
  • Tuition to help you compose and capture great images

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