South Island New Zealand Photo Workshop & Photo Tour


15th to 23rd JULY 2021

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. 

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 Photo Workshop limited to just 6 participants only, you'll have plenty of one-on-one expert tuition with Master Photographer Tom Putt. He'll be there to improve your photography throughout the week and capture the best photographs possible.


  • Moeraki Boulders at sunrise
  • Purakaunui and Maclean Falls
  • The Nuggets
  • Queenstown and the Remarkables
  • The Glenorchy Jetty
  • Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain
  • Hooker Lake
  • A helicopter ride over Franz Josef Glacier for aerial photography
  • Arthurs Pass



You won't get a better introduction to New Zealand. After your spectacular flight over the Southern Alps into Christchurch, we'll greet you at the airport and drive a few hours south along the east coast to Oamaru. After freshening up and breathing in some of the clearest air in the world, we'll have dinner together and  go over our plans for the next few days.


An early start sees us capturing the glorious morning light on the Moeraki Boulders. Looking more like dinosaur eggs than anything else, they make perfect foregrounds for our landscape photos. After a yummy breakfast we'll head further south to the stunningly beautiful Purakaunai and MacLean Falls. Staying at nearby Kaka Point, this quaint little town will put us nice and close to our sunrise location the next day.


We'll be up early to capture first light on The Nuggets, a small group of islands off the coast. This is an iconic New Zealand shot. From here we'll head up to Queenstown by early afternoon to checkin to our hotel and download our images from the workshop thus far. In the evening we'll enjoy a yummy meal at one of Queenstown's many fine restaurants.


We'll get up for an early morning shoot over the Glenorchy Jetty just 30mins from Queenstown. After breakfast we'll head up the road to the Mount Cook village to checkin to our deluxe accommodation, the famous Hermitage Hotel, which overlooks this famous mountain. You'll enjoy one of the largest buffet dinners in the world at the hotel after our long day - I promise you you'll have to roll out the door!


After our yummy breakfast we'll walk it off by trekking up to the Hooker Lake to shot icebergs in this magical lake. 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.


After shooting the famous Wanaka Tree - yes that tree!! - 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, drive down to Christchurch and say our goodbyes before heading for the airport (insert sad face here...).


TESTIMONIALS from this New Zealand South Island Photography 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



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 150 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:


  • 6 participants only


  • Arrive and Departs Christchurch Airport.
  • A private mini bus collects you from the airport. 


  • Beginner, Amateur, Enthusiast, Semi-professional, Professional.
  • Busy schedule.
  • Travel by mini bus, and helicopter.
  • 6 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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