New Zealand-South Island

May 2019

McKay Photography Academy Presents

the LONG AWAITED RETURN to New Zealand

Exclusive Photography Expedition

April 29th – May 6th, 2019 SOLD OUT!

A Photographic excursion for ALL LEVELS

Including Beginner through Advanced!


We have VERY LIMITED space for this tour.


The South Island is SPECTACULAR! Join us as we spend time in some of the most epic landscapes in the world including the incredible Mt Cook region! 




  • Dates: 7 nights/8 days – April 29th – May 6th 
  • Price – $5495
  • Non-Photo Spouse or friend rate of photographer $4995. ONLY 3 available! 

About this tour: 
We realize that this is an expensive tour, however, we have decided that this tour will be at excellent accommodations including 3 nights at the beautiful and historic Hermitage Hotel at the base of Mt Cook with views from every room!  This allows us direct and easy access each day to an amazing array of photographic opportunities including the opportunities for star photography and access to beautiful easy hiking trails in the area during optimal light! 

In order for us to do the most and get the most out of this tour, we will be keeping this tour to a VERY LIMITED number of 16 photographers and 4 MPA  team members.  This will be a 4-1 ratio and include David and Ally McKay, Toby Gelston of and Steve Scurich, MPA Instructor.*   

**We also have INCLUDED the following:

Glacier Explorers Cruise 2 & ½ hours
Depart from Mount Cook Village outside The Hermitage Hotel for an amazing up-close encounter with New Zealand’s largest glacier, the Tasman Glacier. Explore and photograph the fascinating glacial landscape and the ever-changing ice face of the glacier. The lake is dotted with icebergs and the boat passes by so close you could almost touch them.
The bus will take us on a pleasant trip to the Tasman Valley, followed by an easy 1/2hr stroll through the National Park. Then board your MAC boat, and enjoy the ever-changing ice face of the Tasman Glacier icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.
Wilderness Jet Tour (5 & ½ hours – Queenstown)
A highlight NOT to be missed!  The Dart River Wilderness Jet is an exhilarating and spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park. We are the only jet boat operator allowed on the Dart River. This rich and diverse landscape offers a unique combination of breathtaking scenery, exhilarating experiences and New Zealand’s most exciting jet boating along glacier-fed rivers. Professional and highly trained staff will guide you along your journey, sharing stories of the areas amazing history, great Maori legends, and Greenstone trail. Dart WJ forest walk tall trees Stroll through ancient beech forest, unchanged in over 80 million years and view the scenic backgrounds for many Middle Earth movie scenes. Book now for an authentic New Zealand experience in an untouched world.
Glowworm Cave Night Tour (2 hours and 15 minutes)
Enjoy a scenic cruise across beautiful Lake Te Anau on the luxury catamaran Luminosa to CavernHouse on the lake’s western shores. Hidden beneath the mountains is an underground network of caves lit by thousands of glowworms. The crew will share stories about the natural history and early pioneers of the region. On arrival, join the specialist Nature Guide for the Te Anau Glowworm Caves experience. Above ground, the Nature Guide will detail aspects of the caves and its various inhabitants in the visitor interpretation center. Passengers can then experience a 40 minute guided walk into the forest behind Cavern House to view native flora and fauna. The track will also be lit in the evenings.

Then below ground witness a twisting network of limestone passages and the roaring whirlpools and waterfalls of the Tunnel Burn Stream.By geological standards, the caves are very young and are still being carved out by the force of this river. Follow the path deep underground before transferring into small boats to drift silently along the river below a display of glittering glowworms in the glowworm grotto. In the subterranean darkness, they produce a sparkling display that is nothing short of extraordinary. Retrace your steps out of the caves and return to Te Anau by catamaran.
Full Day Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
Cruise across the crystal waters of Lake Manapouri to West Arm before boarding a coach and crossing the alpine route of Wilmot Pass through some of Fiordland’s most dense rainforest. On reaching Deep Cove board a modern catamaran vessel, the Patea Explorer for a three-hour cruise exploring the waterways of this serene and isolated fiord. There is plenty of time available to explore points of interest and view the spectacular alpine scenery including waterfalls, rainforest, and mountains all the way out to the Tasman Sea. It is home to Bottlenose dolphins and fur seals and when in season, the rare Fiordland Crested penguin. A Nature Guide with specialist knowledge of the regions history, flora and fauna provide detailed interpretation in English. On the return cruise, the vessels engines are turned off and passengers are treated to the sound of silence

Included during tour dates:

  • Personalized Instruction with MPA team
  • McKay Team Image Reviews with Lightroom and Photoshop Instruction
  • Breakfast each day, 1 lunch, 3 dinners. 
  • Hotel Accommodations (based on dbl occupancy) Single Supplement will be made available.  

NOT included:

  • Transportation to Christchurch and from Queenstown
  • Trip Insurance (HIGHLY Recommended!)
  • Personal Expenses such as soft drinks, alcohol, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
  • Gratuities for guides and MPA team outside of David and Ally


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