Follow the Gold East to rugged Central Otago - Full Day Photography Tour - Queenstown Photography Tours :: Remarkable Imagery Photo Tours

Follow the Gold Photography Tour

Experience the history of rugged Central Otago

Follow the Gold - Full Day Private Photography Tour

This full-day private photography tour takes us to the wild and rugged hills and mountains east of Queenstown.

First settled a mere 160 years ago, these alien landscapes became home to thousands of fortune seekers from around the world. Shanty towns sprung up overnight, collections of shops, pubs and brothels catering to the needs of the men.

These towns were outposts in a harsh wilderness. Some, like Cromwell and Alexandra, grew to become the civic centres of today, others shrank or disappeared altogether.

We explore the back roads, cross the tor studded hills and mountains, visit the ghost towns and capture the history of this stunning and fascinating region

Local Knowledge
Remarkable Imagery Photography Tours take you to iconic locations and special places only a local could know. Martin Kohn, the company founder has been an artist and graphic designer for many years. After arriving in Queenstown he developed a passion and expertise in landscape photography, which he now shares through Remarkable Imagery Photography Tours. His designer's eye and thirst for exploration mean he knows where and how to capture classic images of our mountains, lakes rivers and forests as well as less well known, off the beaten track locations only a local would know.

Choose from a range of destinations and themes
Our tours are flexible. You can choose from a range of destinations and itineraries or let us know what you want to see. Shoot landscapes, people, history, even your own creative theme.

After pickup, we discuss your aims for the day, perhaps your own bucket list of locations, a theme, or really capturing the mood of a few special places. We look at what the weather and light are doing on the day and make a decision about where we go and what we're going to shoot.

Some themes you could explore:

  • Old buildings, gold mining history and heritage
  • Vistas from the heights
  • Nature in detail

Whichever direction we take, your guide will take you to his favourite, choice spots for capturing the stories and epic landscapes. You will be mentored with advice on finding great shots, creative composition and exposure to help you creatively capture what you see. Coffee, tea, bottled water and cookies are onboard for when you are peckish and our tour stops so you can buy lunch in a quaint local village.

One On One Tours

Sometimes, you want to do your own thing and get lots of individual help and advice. All our tours are available on an individual basis. Your guide will work with you to bring home a collection of inspiring and memorable images. It's like going out for a day with your own photography buddy.

Duration: 9 Hours (approx.)
Location: Queenstown, Otago
Product code: P8SZBY

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All of our Private Tours include...

Exclusive locations and local knowledge
Itineraries to suit your style. Landscapes, rural life, history or even a creative theme
Custom itinerary based on your preferences, weather and light conditions
Refreshments – tea/coffee and cookies
Lunch stop in a local village on full day tours
Itineraries to suit your style. Landscapes, rural life, history or even a creative theme.
Pick-up and drop-off at your accommodation in Queenstown. (Tell us where you are staying, allow 5-10 minutes for pick up).
Creative and compositional advice from our expert guides will help you with get the most out of your camera
Nikon DSLRs are available for rental
We're prepared! We have extra SD cards available to buy if needed
All levels of photography and all types of camera catered for
Comfortable 4WD transport with heated seats

What people are saying...

Don't just take our word for it! Our reviews speak for themselves...

  • "Had a great day with Martin taking photographs around Queenstown. We were able to visit many places ordinary tour group, or self-tour won't able to find and get to. Martin is great teacher, helped me in composition, using of light even operating my own camera. Specially enjoyed the "local" touch at the lunch spot and visiting around Kingstown."
    Yue-Roe Wu - 7th February 2023
  • Small group tour was great. Martin was extremely flexible on the schedule as well as sites to see. Very knowledgeable and personable as well We didn’t rent a camera but Martin was very accommodating regarding taking photos at various spot on the tour. We had another couple who almost canceled but we’re very glad they did the tour. Highly recommended
    Wade G - March 2023
  • Wonderful private photography tour!

    Thanks to Martin for a great day of photography. With Martin's inside knowledge of the area, we were able to get to some areas well away from crowds and photograph the beautiful varied landscapes around Queenstown. And to learn and practice getting compositions that work.
    Richard W - November 2022
  • Martin’s expertise in managing a rainy day photo outing, combining cloud, fog and low light to create moody photo landscapes was the highlight for me. I’m so happy to have a collection of lovely New Zealand landscape as a memento of my holiday.
    Patricia Woods - September 2022
  • Outstanding photography tour

    Martin made this experience more fun and interesting with his local knowledge and going out of his way to awesome locations for photos. I learned so much I just have to put it into practice now .. Martin is a great tutor and very patient.
    I highly recommend if you are looking at doing landscape photography or just wanting to go and take some awesome photos this is the man for you.
    Beth C - August 2022
  • Half Day Photography Tour

    I had a great afternoon of photography and sightseeing with Martin. Learned a few things and had some laughs along the way.
    Would definitely recommend this tour if you have a free afternoon in Queenstown.
    Michelle G - July 2022
  • See NZ Backcountry, and experience amazing photographic opportunities

    We booked a photo tour of areas that most people wouldn’t go, to capture unique images. We were highly delighted with not only the tour locations but the personalised and engaging explanations of the flora, fauna, local stories and histories en route. Martin, our driver and guide; was excellent tutoring, driving and advising on images. We went off-road into stunning high country which offered excellent picture opportunities, can’t wait to process. Summer was brilliant, would love to return in winter! Highly recommended and would love to repeat with Martin again if back in New Zealand.
    Simon E  - Feb 2020
  • Amazing afternoon of photography

    What a wonderful experience! We spent the afternoon traveling to photography locations only a local would know, and got dozens of fantastic pictures that you won't see in the guidebooks or typical tourist spots. Martin was a fantastic teacher and guide, providing great photography tips and historic insight to the locations we visited. It was a wonderful trip and I came away with a month's worth of wonderful images I couldn't have gotten anywhere else. If you love landscape photography you owe it to yourself to book this adventure.
    J Jarmanning  - Feb 2020
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