Full Day Private Queenstown and Southern Lakes Photography Tour - Queenstown Photography Tours :: Remarkable Imagery Photo Tours

Full Day Private Queenstown & Southern Lakes

Capture the most spectacular & majestic places on Earth

Full Day Private Queenstown & Southern Lakes Photography Tour

Great for the photography enthusiast. This is a full day exploring and capturing some of the most magic views around Queenstown and the Southern Lakes with an experienced, passionate local photographer as your guide and mentor.

Our full day tour starts when we pick you up at your, Queenstown, Frankton or Arrowtown accommodation.

We head straight out to a high vantage point like Skippers Saddle, near Queenstown, to catch the early morning light and spectacular views. Here you will gain a great overview of Queenstown and the Wakatipu Basin; Frankton and Arrowtown, the great Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables Range and Coronet Peak. This is a chance for our guide to get to know you and your photography level.

We discuss destination options, your preferences, the weather and light and pick a direction to head for the day. 

You might have a bucket list of places and sights you would like to capture or a theme you would like to follow. Maybe you want to explore old buildings and the gold mining heritage of Queenstown and Central Otago, check out our wine region, capture amazing vistas from the highest points or get in close to a wild river or a mossy beech forest. Of course you can always leave the itinerary up to your guide. He'll know where to find views to take your breath away.

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 directions we can go on a full day tour:

  • WEST toward Glenorchy, Paradise and Kinloch - waterfalls, Lake Wakatipu, Moke lake, Dart and Rees Rivers, gold mining, transport an farming history.
  • EAST toward Arrowtown, Crown Range, Gibbston Valley, Cromwell - heritage, vineyards, expansive views, rugged Kawarau Gorge, gold mining.
  • UP toward Coronet Peak and Skippers Canyon - heritage, expansive views, alpine tussock landscape, craggy, rugged, vertiginous mountain road.
  • SOUTH toward Kingston - Spectacular drive along Lake Wakatipu and base of The Remarkables Range, vistas of mountains, waterfalls, old steam train, climb to alpine tussock and tor country.
  • NORTH over Crown Range toward Wanaka - expansive vistas, highest road pass in NZ, heritage, iconic mountain and lake views.

Some themes you could explore:

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

 Whichever direction we take, your guide will take you to his favourite, choice spots for capturing the splendour and magnificence. You will be mentored with advice on finding great shots, creative composition and exposure to help you capture the majesty and beauty. Coffee, tea and cookies are on-board 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 other times you 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: PCFHDD

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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...

Li Y
Li Y
23 March 2024
Extraordinary experience! Our guide Martin is an award winning photographer. He has strong passion about landscape photography. He taught us a lot about photography. He is very familiar with the Queenstown area. He narrated very well. He was very nice and the communication was great. We will definitely book a whole day tour with him next time.
Li Y
Li Y
23 March 2024
Amazing experience! Martin is the best guide I have ever met. He is a professional landscape photographer. He shared a lot of photography tips with us. He has a strong passion about landscaping photography. He is very knowledgeable about the local history. He told us a lot about the old gold mining days. He knows a lot of secret photo shooting spots and stopped the car several times to let us take photos. His driving skill is great. We felt very safe. His communication was great. We had very nice conversations with him. We liked his narratives very much! The Skippers Canyon itself is absolutely beautiful! The scenic road is gorgeous. The experience is amazing!
Sandra W
Sandra W
6 March 2024
Awesome - highly recommendable We went to two different locations. First we went to the Remarkables and did some very good shots of the area from high up and some artsy shots of a winding street. After that we took Skippers Road and wow, what a great landscape. It was even better than the first location. Martin was great and took the time to show me how to take the best pictures. I can highly this tour. Time was over way too soon.
21 February 2024
A wonderful experience! My wife and I were absolutely thrilled with this day tour. Martin, our tour guide, did an outstanding job. He took us to places that we would not have gone on our own. One such place was Skippers Canyon. We would never have driven that ourselves. The scenery was magnificent! He also showed us photo tips on our smartphones that were very helpful; features we didn't know about. The tour was money and time well spent. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thank you, Martin. Kind regards, Dave and Helen Horner, Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA.
Andrew P
Andrew P
5 December 2023
A great day out photographing the area around Queenstown The day was well spent with Martin showing us a number of locations around Queenstown that were would definitely not have found on our own. He was very knowledgeable about the area and can accomodate photographers at any level. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone considering doing it.
14 August 2023
Great way to get up close and personal with Queenstown! This is a great option for someone looking to get a "local's perspective" of Queenstown and take a trip to lesser-known spots. I was (am) new to photography (I bought my first camera specifically for this trip) and Martin was a patient teacher. He was great at adapting his approach to my level of skill. During the day, not only did I learn and practice different techniques to compose photographs and learn some of the features of my camera, but I got to visit many "off the beaten path" spots to photograph! This trip left me feeling like I had really gotten to know Queenstown and the surrounding areas. Martin was very flexible, friendly and helpful. I couldn't recommend this trip more to someone looking to get to know Queenstown and capture some great pictures!
25 June 2023
Great experience Martin was extremely knowledgeable and helped me take some amazing photos. Highly recommend his tour!
Wade G
Wade G
14 March 2023
Great tour. Not just the canyon 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 Read more about Half Day Skippers Canyon Photography Adventure - https://www.viator.com/tours/Queenstown/Half-Day-Skippers-Canyon-Photography-Adventure/d407-19849P15?mcid=56757
7 February 2023
Well worth day of photograph around Queenstown and Southern Lakes 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.
Richard W
Richard W
4 December 2022
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.

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