NORTH AND SOUTH ISLANDS

NEW ZEALAND

Investment: US $4,650

Tour length: 16 days
Date: October 23 - November 8, 2023
NEW ZEALAND

We propose an unforgettable route through the North and South Island of New Zealand, with hot springs and abundant vegetation, volcanoes and lakes. In addition to this fascinating reality, you will be able to feel a fantastic world, that magical world recreated in the movies with the trilogy of "The Lord of the Rings" and that has immortalized landscapes of almost unimaginable beauty.

In this territory, known by the Maori as "the land of the great white cloud", you will be able to approach the very interesting culture of this Polynesian ethnic group that settled in this country centuries ago, and whose vestiges can be seen in diverse artistic manifestations as original as they are beautiful.

We propose a route by car that will allow you to combine urbanity and nature, a trip whose origin and end coincide with the two great cities, Wellington and Auckland, which in the present and past have competed in capital and culture.

Discover also the South Island of this extraordinary country, full of national parks and amazing landscapes. You will fall in love with its mirror-like lakes, surrounded by lush vegetation and high mountains, with the imposing mountain range of the Southern Alps as a banner. Do not miss its fjords and glaciers, natural wonders threatened by global warming. And if you like extreme sports, parachute and enjoy the views like a bird or practice "bungee jumping" in the area of Queenstown, baptized as the "adventure capital".

Driving through this island is a spectacle; driving along the Milford Highway is a sequence of images that you will never forget.

Come and enjoy this unique experience!
NORTH ISLAND

 

DAY 1 (23-10-2023). AUCKLAND

Arrival at Auckland Airport (AKL) and transfer to our hotel to rest from the long journey and try to recover from jet lag.

Lodging: The Grand by SkyCity.

 

DAY 2 (24-10-2023). AUCKLAND

Auckland, also known as the city of sails, is situated between two huge ports, and is dotted with 48 extinct volcanic cones.

It is the largest city in New Zealand, with a population of over 1.3 million, and is home to a third of New Zealanders. The city's mix of urban sophistication and its location by the coast has inspired a lifestyle that is normally ranked among the top ten in the world.

Auckland is home to the Sky Tower which, at 328 meters, is the tallest structure in the southern hemisphere. The tower's three observatories at different levels offer 360-degree views of the entire city. The iconic harbor bridge, opened in 1959, offers another kind of adventure. Visitors can climb over, under and even jump from this spectacular bridge overlooking Auckland's inner harbor. We will spend the whole day enjoying the city.

Lodging: The Grand by SkyCity.

 

DAY 3 (25-10-2023). AUCKLAND - MATAMATA - ROTORUA (230 KM - 3H)

After breakfast, we will embark on a route through the center of the north island.

After leaving the highway south of the city, the Waikato River will accompany us for much of the trip through the green countryside.

We will stop in the town of Matamata to visit Hobbit Town (entrance fee included).

Places of interest along this route also include the Te Kauwhata vineyard growing area and the coal mining town of Huntly.

Rotorua sits squarely on the Pacific Ring of Fire, so volcanic activity is part of the city's past and present. We will explore the geothermal areas and discover the unique culture of the New Zealand Maori.

Lodging: Ibis Rotorua.

 

DAY 4 (26-10-2023). ROTORUA - TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK (185 KM - 2H)

The road takes us through the geothermal area until we reach Taupo, a town located on the northeastern shore of Lake Taupo, which is a large crater, currently filled with water. With its 616 square kilometers it is the largest lake in New Zealand.

We will follow the road along the eastern end of the lake towards Tongariro National Park.

The Tongariro National Park, which covers almost 80,000 hectares, was given to the nation by Maori chief Te Heuheu Tukino IV in 1887. More than a hundred years later, the park was granted dual World Heritage status.

Emerald lakes, alpine meadows and hot springs surround the largest volcanoes on the North Island, offering an environment of amazing diversity.

Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro are large volcanoes, at 2797, 2291 and 1968 meters respectively. The massive Tongariro massif stretches over 18 km in length; the classic cone-shaped Ngauruhoe is actually one of Tongariro's vents. Ruapehu had the honor of depicting Mordor and Emyn Muil in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the near-perfect conical shape of the Ngauruhoe was
conical shape of the Ngauruhoe was the basis for Mount Doom.

The mountains of this national park have deep spiritual significance for the Maori people. Legend has it that the high priest Ngatoroirangi froze in a snowstorm while exploring the Tongariro and called upon Hawaiki, the Polynesian homeland of the Maori, for fire. His prayer was answered through the channel we now call the Pacific Ring of Fire and the mountain erupted.

Lodging: Oreti Village Resort.

 

DAY 5 (27-10-2023). TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK

We will enjoy this beautiful national park all day long.

Lodging: Oreti Village Resort.

 

DAY 6 (28-10-2023). TONGARIRO NP - WELLINGTON (330 KM - 4H.)

After the sunrise photo session and breakfast, the road will take us south to the coast of Kapiti and then to Wellington.

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, is compact, cultured and full of character.

Located between the harbor and the hills, the center is ideal for exploring on foot.

Wellington is also a crossroads of roads and routes between the North and South Islands. The main attractions are the Te Papa Museum, the Mount Victoria Lookout and the Cable Car.

Lodging: Oaks Wellington Hotel.

 

SOUTH ISLAND

 

DAY 7 (29-10-2023). WELLINGTON - FLIGHT - CHRISTCHURCH

After breakfast we will go to Wellington airport to take our flight to Christchurch.
Arriving at Christchurch airport, we will pick up our vehicle and then drive to our hotel.

Afternoon free to walk around and get to know the city a bit.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Christchurch, an IHG Hotel.

 

DAYS 8 & 9 (30 & 31 -10-2023). CHRISTCHURCH - LAKE TEKAPO

After breakfast, we will drive to Lake Tekapo (250km), where we will spend the next two days.

Lake Tekapo is a three hour drive southwest of Christchurch in the Mackenzie Basin.

The village faces north, over the lake of incredible turquoise color, facing the mountainous mysticism of the Southern Alps. Lake Tekapo gets its whitish turquoise color from the fine glacial flour (glacially smelt rock) suspended in the water.

On the shores of the lake, you'll see the picturesque Church of the Good Shepherd, where the altar window frames a perfect view of Mount Cook. Pioneer families from the Mackenzie district built the church in 1935, and this is a popular photo op for visitors.

Lodging: Supernova lake Tekapo.

 

DAY 10 (01-11-2023). LAKE TEKAPO - AORAKI / M COOK NATIONAL PARK

Sunrise on the shores of Lake Tekapo.

After breakfast, we will continue to Lake Pukaki (80km), where the impressive Mount Cook will be reflected in its beautiful blue waters.

Our next accommodation will be in Aoraki Mount Cook Village, this area is the origin of the highest mountains in New Zealand.

In the afternoon, we drive to Tasman lake, where we will do the sunset (10km).

Lodging: Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge.

 

DAY 11 (02-11-2023). AORAKI / MT COOK NATIONAL PARK

Sunrise on the shores of Lake Pukaki, where we will have magnificent views of Mount Cook.
of Mount Cook.

A little later, after breakfast and some rest, we will embark on a simple trek (1.5h) that will take us to Hooker Lake, where if we are lucky, we will see icebergs floating in its waters.

After the sunset, we'll go back to our hotel.

Lodging: Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge.

 

DAY 12 (03-11-2023). AORAKI MOUNT COOK - NORTH OTAGO

Today, after the sunrise session and breakfast, we will head to Oamaru, on the Otago coast (210km).

Oamaru's white stone streetscape contains some of the best preserved heritage buildings in New Zealand. In the late 19th century, the town prospered through gold mining, quarrying and timber processing. Some of the wealth went into constructing elegant buildings using local limestone.

Oamaru harbor is home to a colony of little blue penguins, and yellow-eyed penguins.

We'll take advantage of the sunset to try and photograph the penguins.

Accommodation: The Mews - Highfield Mews QUALMARK

 

DAY 13 (04-11-2023). MOERAKI BOULDERS - KAKA POINT

Today we will sunrise at Moeraki Boulders beach.

Walking along this beach is like walking along any other paradisiacal beach in the world.

With one caveat: in the sand we will come across various spherical rocks, like meteorites that have fallen thousands of years ago, like Gozdilla or dragon eggs, like sculptures by some eccentric artist.

These rocks can be from 0.5 meters to 2.2 meters in diameter and can weigh up to seven tons.

According to the island's oral traditions, the Moeraki, who consider them sacred stones, are pumpkins that were washed away by the tide in the wreck of the Araiteuru canoe, near New Zealand.

In reality, the rocks are the product of a natural phenomenon: they are calcic concentrations that were formed about 65 million years ago, at the time of the dinosaurs. It is a slow process that took four million years, similar to the formation of pearls in oysters, where layers of material are superimposed around a central nucleus.

During the day, we will move along the coast until we reach our next location, the village of Kaka Point, with the Nugget lighthouse located nearby (175km).

Nugget Point is one of the most distinctive geographical features of the Otago coast.

It is a steep headland with a lighthouse and a series of rocky islets (The Nuggets). A 5 minute walk takes you to the lighthouse, where you will enjoy spectacular views of the coast in both directions. If you look at the rocks directly under the lighthouse, you will see sea lions resting, playing in the rock pools and having fun. At Nugget Point you will also find sea lions, shearwaters, shearwaters, cormorants, black-eyed penguins, silversides and a breeding colony of gannets. Occasionally, elephant seals and leopard seals visit the area.

It's a great location, both for night photography and sunrise.

Lodging: Highway Lodge Motel.

 

DAY 14 (05-11-2023). NUGGET POINT - TE ANAU - MILFORD SOUND

Sunrise at the Nugget Point lighthouse.

After breakfast and checkout, we will make a long drive to Te Anau (350km); along the way we will be able to enjoy the most majestic mountain scenery in New Zealand.

Lodging: Asure Explorer Motel & Apartments, Te Anau.

 

DAY 15 (06-11-2023). TE ANAU - MILDFORD SOUND

Sunrise session at the fjord's edge.

Described by Rudyard Kipling as the "eighth wonder of the world," Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the Ice Age and lies within Fiordland National Park.

The cliffs of the fjord rise vertically from the dark waters, where mountain peaks scratch the sky and water cascades down in waterfalls, some as high as 1000 meters.
When it rains in Milford Sound, which happens frequently, the waterfalls multiply and take on a magical effect.

In the afternoon we can take a panoramic cruise on the fjord (not included in the price).

At sunset we will return to the edge of the fjord to photograph the sunset.

Lodging: Asure Explorer Motel & Apartments, Te Anau.

 

DAY 16 (07-11-2023). TE ANAU - QUEENSTOWN

After breakfast, we will drive to Queenstown (180 km).

In the afternoon, we will drive to Wanaka to photograph the famous lone tree on the shores of Roy's Bay, a South Island landmark.

Farewell dinner in Queenstown

Accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown.

DAY 17 (08-11-2023). QUEENSTOWN - FLIGHT - AUCKLAND - RETURN

After breakfast, we will drive to Queenstown airport to fly to Auckland (1h.50m) and connect with our international flight.

End of the Photo Tour:

 Services included:

Hotels on bed+breakfast basis (double room).
● 2 Internal flights (Wellingron-Christchurch / Queenstown-Auckland).
Transportation and visits mentioned in the itinerary with private vehicle. 10-seater vehicle for 6 passengers).
Entrance fees toHobbit Town.
Full medical and travel insurance..


Services NOT included:

International flights.
ETA (electronic permit for entry into the country).
● Lunches and and dinners.
Gratuities.
Services not mentioned in the itinerary.

PAYMENT POLICY:

Reserve Deposit:

The reservation will be effective when a deposit of US$ 1,000is made.
No places will be reserved without the deposit.

Final Payment:

Payment of the final amount is due 60 days before the start of the trip.

 

GENERAL CANCELLATION POLICY:

Cancellation and refund

We understand that attendance at our Workshops requires a prior commitment, and also that things may happen in life that force you to cancel a trip. Depending on the date of cancellation, the following conditions apply:

- More than 150 days before the start date of the workshop: full reimbursement of payments made.

- Between 150 and 91 days before the start of the workshop: 50% of the reservation fee will be refunded.

- 90-61 days before the start of the workshop: 35% of the reservation fee will be refunded.

- Within 60 days prior to the start of the workshop: No refund.

 

Responsibility

Health - Participants must be in generally good health. Any medical or dietary restrictions must be communicated to us well in advance. We will inform the relevant provider of your requirements, but we cannot guarantee that all requirements will be met and have no liability to you if they are not.

Vaccinations, obtaining visas and all other travel or medical arrangements are the responsibility of the participant. We advise you to check the latest advice online or consult your doctor.

Cancellation by Namaste Photo Tours - Namaste is not responsible for events beyond its control, such as strikes, wars, acts of government, acts of terrorism, epidemics, or any other cause beyond its control, which may make it impossible, illegal or inadvisable to carry out the tour.

If there are compelling reasons for Namaste Photo Tours to cancel a tour, all payments received will be refunded immediately.

This refund will be the limit of Namaste Photo Tours' liability.

Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for any expenses incurred by participants in preparation for the trip, including non-refundable airline tickets, special clothing, visa or passport fees, or other travel-related expenses.

We advise you to wait with the purchase of airline tickets until the minimum number of participants has been reached.

 

GENERAL

1. Accidents:

1.A. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents of participants of the trip, nor will it cover medical expenses if necessary. During the trip, each participant is responsible for his or her own safety and physical integrity.

1.B. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents or loss of photographic equipment during the trip. Each participant is responsible for his or her own photographic equipment.

2. Punctuality:

2.A. The Photographic Journey starts on a specific date and in a timely manner. All participants must be at the location on the day of the start of the trip. In case of delays due to inconveniences, the participant must contact a Namaste Photo Tours representative as soon as possible.

3. Respect:

3.A. Respect and patience are the basis of a successful Photographic Journey. Participants may be at different levels of knowledge of the subject matter, so patience is required when explaining topics that are already in their domain. Each participant's area of photographing should be respected. No disrespect from a participant to another member of the trip or staff will be allowed.

4. Climate:

4.A. The tour and its itinerary are weather dependent and may change from one moment to the next. We will always keep an eye on the best weather conditions to determine where to go and to optimise your photography.

INFORMATION
NORTH AND SOUTH ISLANDS

NEW ZEALAND

Investment: US $4,650

Tour length: 16 days
Date: October 23 - November 8, 2023
NEW ZEALAND

We propose an unforgettable route through the North and South Island of New Zealand, with hot springs and abundant vegetation, volcanoes and lakes. In addition to this fascinating reality, you will be able to feel a fantastic world, that magical world recreated in the movies with the trilogy of "The Lord of the Rings" and that has immortalized landscapes of almost unimaginable beauty.

In this territory, known by the Maori as "the land of the great white cloud", you will be able to approach the very interesting culture of this Polynesian ethnic group that settled in this country centuries ago, and whose vestiges can be seen in diverse artistic manifestations as original as they are beautiful.

We propose a route by car that will allow you to combine urbanity and nature, a trip whose origin and end coincide with the two great cities, Wellington and Auckland, which in the present and past have competed in capital and culture.

Discover also the South Island of this extraordinary country, full of national parks and amazing landscapes. You will fall in love with its mirror-like lakes, surrounded by lush vegetation and high mountains, with the imposing mountain range of the Southern Alps as a banner. Do not miss its fjords and glaciers, natural wonders threatened by global warming. And if you like extreme sports, parachute and enjoy the views like a bird or practice "bungee jumping" in the area of Queenstown, baptized as the "adventure capital".

Driving through this island is a spectacle; driving along the Milford Highway is a sequence of images that you will never forget.

Come and enjoy this unique experience!
ITINERARY
NORTH ISLAND

 

DAY 1 (23-10-2023). AUCKLAND

Arrival at Auckland Airport (AKL) and transfer to our hotel to rest from the long journey and try to recover from jet lag.

Lodging: The Grand by SkyCity.

 

DAY 2 (24-10-2023). AUCKLAND

Auckland, also known as the city of sails, is situated between two huge ports, and is dotted with 48 extinct volcanic cones.

It is the largest city in New Zealand, with a population of over 1.3 million, and is home to a third of New Zealanders. The city's mix of urban sophistication and its location by the coast has inspired a lifestyle that is normally ranked among the top ten in the world.

Auckland is home to the Sky Tower which, at 328 meters, is the tallest structure in the southern hemisphere. The tower's three observatories at different levels offer 360-degree views of the entire city. The iconic harbor bridge, opened in 1959, offers another kind of adventure. Visitors can climb over, under and even jump from this spectacular bridge overlooking Auckland's inner harbor. We will spend the whole day enjoying the city.

Lodging: The Grand by SkyCity.

 

DAY 3 (25-10-2023). AUCKLAND - MATAMATA - ROTORUA (230 KM - 3H)

After breakfast, we will embark on a route through the center of the north island.

After leaving the highway south of the city, the Waikato River will accompany us for much of the trip through the green countryside.

We will stop in the town of Matamata to visit Hobbit Town (entrance fee included).

Places of interest along this route also include the Te Kauwhata vineyard growing area and the coal mining town of Huntly.

Rotorua sits squarely on the Pacific Ring of Fire, so volcanic activity is part of the city's past and present. We will explore the geothermal areas and discover the unique culture of the New Zealand Maori.

Lodging: Ibis Rotorua.

 

DAY 4 (26-10-2023). ROTORUA - TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK (185 KM - 2H)

The road takes us through the geothermal area until we reach Taupo, a town located on the northeastern shore of Lake Taupo, which is a large crater, currently filled with water. With its 616 square kilometers it is the largest lake in New Zealand.

We will follow the road along the eastern end of the lake towards Tongariro National Park.

The Tongariro National Park, which covers almost 80,000 hectares, was given to the nation by Maori chief Te Heuheu Tukino IV in 1887. More than a hundred years later, the park was granted dual World Heritage status.

Emerald lakes, alpine meadows and hot springs surround the largest volcanoes on the North Island, offering an environment of amazing diversity.

Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro are large volcanoes, at 2797, 2291 and 1968 meters respectively. The massive Tongariro massif stretches over 18 km in length; the classic cone-shaped Ngauruhoe is actually one of Tongariro's vents. Ruapehu had the honor of depicting Mordor and Emyn Muil in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the near-perfect conical shape of the Ngauruhoe was
conical shape of the Ngauruhoe was the basis for Mount Doom.

The mountains of this national park have deep spiritual significance for the Maori people. Legend has it that the high priest Ngatoroirangi froze in a snowstorm while exploring the Tongariro and called upon Hawaiki, the Polynesian homeland of the Maori, for fire. His prayer was answered through the channel we now call the Pacific Ring of Fire and the mountain erupted.

Lodging: Oreti Village Resort.

 

DAY 5 (27-10-2023). TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK

We will enjoy this beautiful national park all day long.

Lodging: Oreti Village Resort.

 

DAY 6 (28-10-2023). TONGARIRO NP - WELLINGTON (330 KM - 4H.)

After the sunrise photo session and breakfast, the road will take us south to the coast of Kapiti and then to Wellington.

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, is compact, cultured and full of character.

Located between the harbor and the hills, the center is ideal for exploring on foot.

Wellington is also a crossroads of roads and routes between the North and South Islands. The main attractions are the Te Papa Museum, the Mount Victoria Lookout and the Cable Car.

Lodging: Oaks Wellington Hotel.

 

SOUTH ISLAND

 

DAY 7 (29-10-2023). WELLINGTON - FLIGHT - CHRISTCHURCH

After breakfast we will go to Wellington airport to take our flight to Christchurch.
Arriving at Christchurch airport, we will pick up our vehicle and then drive to our hotel.

Afternoon free to walk around and get to know the city a bit.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Christchurch, an IHG Hotel.

 

DAYS 8 & 9 (30 & 31 -10-2023). CHRISTCHURCH - LAKE TEKAPO

After breakfast, we will drive to Lake Tekapo (250km), where we will spend the next two days.

Lake Tekapo is a three hour drive southwest of Christchurch in the Mackenzie Basin.

The village faces north, over the lake of incredible turquoise color, facing the mountainous mysticism of the Southern Alps. Lake Tekapo gets its whitish turquoise color from the fine glacial flour (glacially smelt rock) suspended in the water.

On the shores of the lake, you'll see the picturesque Church of the Good Shepherd, where the altar window frames a perfect view of Mount Cook. Pioneer families from the Mackenzie district built the church in 1935, and this is a popular photo op for visitors.

Lodging: Supernova lake Tekapo.

 

DAY 10 (01-11-2023). LAKE TEKAPO - AORAKI / M COOK NATIONAL PARK

Sunrise on the shores of Lake Tekapo.

After breakfast, we will continue to Lake Pukaki (80km), where the impressive Mount Cook will be reflected in its beautiful blue waters.

Our next accommodation will be in Aoraki Mount Cook Village, this area is the origin of the highest mountains in New Zealand.

In the afternoon, we drive to Tasman lake, where we will do the sunset (10km).

Lodging: Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge.

 

DAY 11 (02-11-2023). AORAKI / MT COOK NATIONAL PARK

Sunrise on the shores of Lake Pukaki, where we will have magnificent views of Mount Cook.
of Mount Cook.

A little later, after breakfast and some rest, we will embark on a simple trek (1.5h) that will take us to Hooker Lake, where if we are lucky, we will see icebergs floating in its waters.

After the sunset, we'll go back to our hotel.

Lodging: Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge.

 

DAY 12 (03-11-2023). AORAKI MOUNT COOK - NORTH OTAGO

Today, after the sunrise session and breakfast, we will head to Oamaru, on the Otago coast (210km).

Oamaru's white stone streetscape contains some of the best preserved heritage buildings in New Zealand. In the late 19th century, the town prospered through gold mining, quarrying and timber processing. Some of the wealth went into constructing elegant buildings using local limestone.

Oamaru harbor is home to a colony of little blue penguins, and yellow-eyed penguins.

We'll take advantage of the sunset to try and photograph the penguins.

Accommodation: The Mews - Highfield Mews QUALMARK

 

DAY 13 (04-11-2023). MOERAKI BOULDERS - KAKA POINT

Today we will sunrise at Moeraki Boulders beach.

Walking along this beach is like walking along any other paradisiacal beach in the world.

With one caveat: in the sand we will come across various spherical rocks, like meteorites that have fallen thousands of years ago, like Gozdilla or dragon eggs, like sculptures by some eccentric artist.

These rocks can be from 0.5 meters to 2.2 meters in diameter and can weigh up to seven tons.

According to the island's oral traditions, the Moeraki, who consider them sacred stones, are pumpkins that were washed away by the tide in the wreck of the Araiteuru canoe, near New Zealand.

In reality, the rocks are the product of a natural phenomenon: they are calcic concentrations that were formed about 65 million years ago, at the time of the dinosaurs. It is a slow process that took four million years, similar to the formation of pearls in oysters, where layers of material are superimposed around a central nucleus.

During the day, we will move along the coast until we reach our next location, the village of Kaka Point, with the Nugget lighthouse located nearby (175km).

Nugget Point is one of the most distinctive geographical features of the Otago coast.

It is a steep headland with a lighthouse and a series of rocky islets (The Nuggets). A 5 minute walk takes you to the lighthouse, where you will enjoy spectacular views of the coast in both directions. If you look at the rocks directly under the lighthouse, you will see sea lions resting, playing in the rock pools and having fun. At Nugget Point you will also find sea lions, shearwaters, shearwaters, cormorants, black-eyed penguins, silversides and a breeding colony of gannets. Occasionally, elephant seals and leopard seals visit the area.

It's a great location, both for night photography and sunrise.

Lodging: Highway Lodge Motel.

 

DAY 14 (05-11-2023). NUGGET POINT - TE ANAU - MILFORD SOUND

Sunrise at the Nugget Point lighthouse.

After breakfast and checkout, we will make a long drive to Te Anau (350km); along the way we will be able to enjoy the most majestic mountain scenery in New Zealand.

Lodging: Asure Explorer Motel & Apartments, Te Anau.

 

DAY 15 (06-11-2023). TE ANAU - MILDFORD SOUND

Sunrise session at the fjord's edge.

Described by Rudyard Kipling as the "eighth wonder of the world," Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the Ice Age and lies within Fiordland National Park.

The cliffs of the fjord rise vertically from the dark waters, where mountain peaks scratch the sky and water cascades down in waterfalls, some as high as 1000 meters.
When it rains in Milford Sound, which happens frequently, the waterfalls multiply and take on a magical effect.

In the afternoon we can take a panoramic cruise on the fjord (not included in the price).

At sunset we will return to the edge of the fjord to photograph the sunset.

Lodging: Asure Explorer Motel & Apartments, Te Anau.

 

DAY 16 (07-11-2023). TE ANAU - QUEENSTOWN

After breakfast, we will drive to Queenstown (180 km).

In the afternoon, we will drive to Wanaka to photograph the famous lone tree on the shores of Roy's Bay, a South Island landmark.

Farewell dinner in Queenstown

Accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown.

DAY 17 (08-11-2023). QUEENSTOWN - FLIGHT - AUCKLAND - RETURN

After breakfast, we will drive to Queenstown airport to fly to Auckland (1h.50m) and connect with our international flight.

End of the Photo Tour:

INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED
 Services included:

Hotels on bed+breakfast basis (double room).
● 2 Internal flights (Wellingron-Christchurch / Queenstown-Auckland).
Transportation and visits mentioned in the itinerary with private vehicle. 10-seater vehicle for 6 passengers).
Entrance fees toHobbit Town.
Full medical and travel insurance..


Services NOT included:

International flights.
ETA (electronic permit for entry into the country).
● Lunches and and dinners.
Gratuities.
Services not mentioned in the itinerary.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
PAYMENT POLICY:

Reserve Deposit:

The reservation will be effective when a deposit of US$ 1,000is made.
No places will be reserved without the deposit.

Final Payment:

Payment of the final amount is due 60 days before the start of the trip.

 

GENERAL CANCELLATION POLICY:

Cancellation and refund

We understand that attendance at our Workshops requires a prior commitment, and also that things may happen in life that force you to cancel a trip. Depending on the date of cancellation, the following conditions apply:

- More than 150 days before the start date of the workshop: full reimbursement of payments made.

- Between 150 and 91 days before the start of the workshop: 50% of the reservation fee will be refunded.

- 90-61 days before the start of the workshop: 35% of the reservation fee will be refunded.

- Within 60 days prior to the start of the workshop: No refund.

 

Responsibility

Health - Participants must be in generally good health. Any medical or dietary restrictions must be communicated to us well in advance. We will inform the relevant provider of your requirements, but we cannot guarantee that all requirements will be met and have no liability to you if they are not.

Vaccinations, obtaining visas and all other travel or medical arrangements are the responsibility of the participant. We advise you to check the latest advice online or consult your doctor.

Cancellation by Namaste Photo Tours - Namaste is not responsible for events beyond its control, such as strikes, wars, acts of government, acts of terrorism, epidemics, or any other cause beyond its control, which may make it impossible, illegal or inadvisable to carry out the tour.

If there are compelling reasons for Namaste Photo Tours to cancel a tour, all payments received will be refunded immediately.

This refund will be the limit of Namaste Photo Tours' liability.

Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for any expenses incurred by participants in preparation for the trip, including non-refundable airline tickets, special clothing, visa or passport fees, or other travel-related expenses.

We advise you to wait with the purchase of airline tickets until the minimum number of participants has been reached.

 

GENERAL

1. Accidents:

1.A. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents of participants of the trip, nor will it cover medical expenses if necessary. During the trip, each participant is responsible for his or her own safety and physical integrity.

1.B. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents or loss of photographic equipment during the trip. Each participant is responsible for his or her own photographic equipment.

2. Punctuality:

2.A. The Photographic Journey starts on a specific date and in a timely manner. All participants must be at the location on the day of the start of the trip. In case of delays due to inconveniences, the participant must contact a Namaste Photo Tours representative as soon as possible.

3. Respect:

3.A. Respect and patience are the basis of a successful Photographic Journey. Participants may be at different levels of knowledge of the subject matter, so patience is required when explaining topics that are already in their domain. Each participant's area of photographing should be respected. No disrespect from a participant to another member of the trip or staff will be allowed.

4. Climate:

4.A. The tour and its itinerary are weather dependent and may change from one moment to the next. We will always keep an eye on the best weather conditions to determine where to go and to optimise your photography.

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