New Zealand Photo Adventure

Join us in Autumn For a New Zealand Photo Adventure

Autumn in New Zealand is a magical time of the year. Gold and red colors abound! Our next workshop is April 20 – April 24, 2015. This may be our only workshop in 2015 so you won’t want to miss it! To be the first to hear about future events be sure to sign-up for our newsletter.

Landscape and Travel Photography Workshop

You’re invited to New Zealand for a once-in-a-lifetime photo adventure of epic proportions! You’ll end up with great photos and stories, no matter your skill level.

We’ve prepared a pretty intense plan for your time here. You won’t get much rest. At the end of the adventure, your head will be full of awesome new skills and your computer will be full of beautiful photos. When it’s all done, you’ll sleep as long and peacefully as a Hobbit in the Shire!

Watch a Preview and Hear from Past Attendees

Everything gets started the first evening with a group dinner and casual sunset shots. This will be an informal gathering where we can talk about the adventures to come…

Thank you from Danny Levin who attended the 2014 Autumn Workshop

What things might I see?

This is a small glimpse of the epic landscapes you’ll see while on this photo adventure! You should also check out the many New Zealand photos Trey has here on his blog.

Put on your headphones and turn up the volume to get the best experience!


What’s Included?

You’ll be part of an intimate group with plenty of one-on-one time instruction by Trey Ratcliff.

  • Registration covers your food, hotel, and transportation AFTER you get yourself to the hotel in Queenstown, NZ
  • You will be staying in beautiful private rooms at the Rees Hotel
  • All the amazing adventures and personalized instruction in the multi-day event outlined below
  • Personalized portfolio reviews by Trey and the other instructors
  • Many new friends, lifelong memories and a collection of portfolio quality photos
  • Plus, since we’ll be together for so long, we’d be happy to do anything else we can… just ask… anything within reason we can probably get done for you! :)
  • Bonus! Our best selling Landscape & Photography Tutorial is included so you can watch it before the event and arrive with a bit of a head start!

Day 1 – Your Arrival

  • You get yourself to Queenstown, NZ and arrive at the hotel
  • Clear off your memory cards and charge your batteries!
  • Meet for a group dinner and first sunset location
  • Be ready to take some fun, casual sunset shots (but very chill… no hardcore instruction yet)

Day 2 – Early to Rise

  • Wake up early (get used to it!)
  • Travel to an awesome location for the sunrise in Queenstown
  • In-field instruction and tutorials
  • Return to hotel for breakfast/coffee
  • Hands-on, step-by-step, Post-Processing session
  • Lunch and more Post-Processing
  • Sunset shooting, then dinner in Queenstown together

Day 3 – Sunrise to Sunset

  • Get up early for another sunrise at a new location
  • In-field instruction and tutorials
  • Return to hotel for breakfast/coffee
  • Detailed Post-Processing session
  • Lunch and more Post-Processing
  • Sunset shooting in new location then dinner

Day 4 – Sunrise, Sheep & Stars

  • Rinse, Sunrise, Repeat – new location, new light!
  • Get up early for another sunrise at a new location
  • In-field instruction and tutorials
  • Return to hotel for breakfast/coffee
  • Post-Processing session, more advanced concepts
  • Lunch and more Post-Processing
  • Shoot late, well after dark, to practice shooting at night
  • Dinner and some much needed sleep

Day 5 – More Shots and Dinner at Trey’s Home

  • Wake up painfully early for another sunrise at a new location!
  • In-field instruction and tutorials
  • Return to hotel for breakfast/coffee
  • Post-Processing session, even more advanced
  • Lunch and more Post-Processing
  • Celebration dinner at Trey’s home and final sunset shoot

Day 6 – Return or Continue on…

Your adventure can end and you can go home… OR… you can stay longer in New Zealand and we’ll give you an itinerary of must-see places to go!

What should I bring?

  • Your camera and gear (tripod, memory cards, etc.)
  • Your laptop so you can join us in the post-processing sessions (You’ll need Lightroom, Photoshop or equivalents)
  • Your own personal backup situation (we don’t provide ANY equipment at all…)
  • A headlamp (one of those flashlights that goes around your forehead)
  • Warm clothes for the day and a coat for the night… (layers, layers). View average temperatures
  • Good shoes for hiking, although we don’t anticipate any multi-kilometer hikes
  • A sense of fun and curiosity; Those two elements will be key to getting the most out of the workshop


A once-in-a-lifetime experience with tons of hands-on photography instruction from Trey Ratcliff. Perfect for any skill level, from beginner to advanced.

Book Now


An all inclusive New Zealand experience in beautiful Queenstown with hands-on instruction by one of the foremost Landscape photographers in the world.

  • 5 days. 5 nights.
  • Several exclusive locations
  • Breathtaking sunrises
  • Epic landscapes
  • Awe-inspiring sunsets
  • Crystal clear, star-filled nights
  • One-on-one Photography guidance and step-by-step Post-Processing instruction by Trey Ratcliff
  • Unforgettable memories and new close friends

Note: We are only taking a small group of people; So the spots will go quickly on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Join us in Autumn For a New Zealand Photo Adventure

Autumn in New Zealand is a magical time of the year. Gold and red colors abound! Our next workshop is April 20 – April 24, 2015. This may be our only workshop in 2015 so you won’t want to miss it! To be the first to hear about future events be sure to sign-up for our newsletter.


Some photos from last Autumn

Queenstown Gardens In The Autumn

Unbelievable Colors in Queenstown and Arrowtown in the Autumn

Morning Scramble in Queenstown

Way Above And Behind Wanaka

The View From The Barn At Lake Hayes

  • Martin Tyler

    This sounds awesome Trey. Having been in Queenstown only this May I’m not really due back again that soon – but it is certainly tempting!

    For anyone that hasn’t been and hasn’t been convinced by Trey’s photos so far – this place is amazing. Definitely worth staying longer too!

  • Alistair Nicol

    Wow – Trey this sounds incredible. I can only imagine the cost though. Wish it was in my budget.

  • appdaptation

    Okay, this truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Wow!

  • Jeff Peterson

    Sounds like an amazing experience, though well out of my price range no doubt. But for those with the vacation time and means, this would definitely be an incredible experience.

  • Ivan Vanderbyl

    Sign me up!

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks – yes this is gonna be fun! :)

  • Peter Sherriff

    If you need a group to test this on a group of Melbourne G+ photographers arrive in Queenstown in a couple of weeks!

    What a fantastic looking trip.

  • Simon Gelfand

    Sounds amazing and would love to travel back to New Zealand, was there in 2003 – it was amazing and I am sure it still is … but looks like this time I won’t be making it – I think this workshop is more appealing to people living in NZ and AU due to the long distance just to get to Queenstown

  • Michael Tristram

    Just paid the deposit, going to be great. Can’t wait as I love the mountains.

  • Gwen Shannon Taquet

    We are blessed to have such an amazing adventure offered here in Queenstown! Truly unique and very exciting. I mentioned to Curtis that if you are looking for volunteers to assist I would love to put my hand up. All the best and hope you are enjoying life on this side of the world.

  • Hayley Walmsley

    hmmm im thinking about an xmas present to myself for once :D

  • Mike Jacobs

    I cant wait! NZ has been on my places to visit for years. What better way to enjoy it with a bunch of photographers! ;-)

  • Trey Ratcliff

    It’ll be so fun! :)

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks Gwen! :)

  • Trey Ratcliff

    See you soon Michael ! :)

  • Trey Ratcliff

    wooo! :)

  • Hayley Walmsley

    except i made an enquirey and never received a response :( (as of yet)

  • Casper van Zyl

    waiting in anticipation to hear from Curtis

  • Fraser Smith

    Sounds great, and co-incides with me hitting the big five-zero which probably means that I’ll have to stay at home with the kids. :-)

  • Curtis Simmons

    Haley – I apologize, I’m not sure what happened but I cannot find your email. Which address did you send it from? Or simply send me another email and I’ll be watching for it.

    – Curtis

  • disqus_w35gNRgTQI

    Trey, can’t make it on those dates but if you do another one in the the Spring (Southern Hemi) and give sufficient warning, I am in!

  • Kelley Bard

    I would be very interested, Trey!

  • Mike Jacobs

    I am going to stay a few extra days after Trey’s workshop and will be leaving on the 14th. I was looking into some touristy things to do with my extra time in Queenstown area. I seen something called Sunrise Ballons. Sounds like an awesome thing to do. Has anyone done this, or have a recommendation? A lake cruise or whale watching excursion out of Christchurch might be fun too. Looking for some recommendations so I can plan my Post Trey Ratcliff

  • Michael Hare

    I get slightly nervous when Trey doesn’t put a price on the main site….but , what the heck , we only live once; but

    our photos can live beyond us !

  • Darcy Conn

    Should be a great time as I am looking forward to spending 4 weeks in New Zealand.

  • Brian

    Fox Glacier for an awesome adventure:

  • Mike Jacobs

    Thanks Brian, Ill look into it.

  • Nick

    Hi..If you’re staying in Qtown, for the extra days I would suggest go to Catlins. That place is also CRAZY.. Wait there for sunset to see the famous yellow eyes penguin coming home from sea…or if you’re planning driving to Chc then drop by to Lake Tekapo.. The color of the lake is stunning and words can’t describe it.. or other option go to Fox Glacier.. Oh how I miss South Island (I’m now in North Island ;p)…

  • Mike Jacobs

    Thanks for all the great Ideas.

  • Bixler Joyce

    Trey, please tell me that you will do this again in the next very few years. This is a trip of a lifetime for sure, but I am already signed up for a trip that very weekend.

  • Paula McManus

    Would it be possible to know a price before having to email Curtis? thanks

  • Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    Hi Paula,

    Emailing Curtis is the way to get the pricing information for this one. It’s not going to put you on a spam list or anything if you decide against it; we just prefer personalized one-on-one service for this one.

  • Trey Ratcliff

    I hope to do it again yes – there was a wonderful sell-out response to this one… and I may do one or two a year in different places (not sure yet) and I’m sure one of them will be here in NZ again! :)

  • Eric

    More than 1,500 usd per day. Sounds a bit expensive to me. Trey, yu will have to make an effort or your target is only rich people… Let us know what you think about that. Eric

  • Curtis Simmons

    Eric, we chose to make this particular event a high-end experience with first-rate private accommodations and some exclusive activities. As we have in the past and will in the future, we will offer future workshops at various price points and locations to accommodate as many people as we can.

    – Curtis

  • Paul

    Wonder who the lucky brats are….and how many??

  • norman jaillet

    As I’ve just relocated to Singapore from Boston this would have been ideal in terms of timing etc. Hopefully Trey you have plans for other opportunities planned on this side of the world??

  • Gwen Shannon Taquet

    Hi there. Sunrise Balloons is a spectacular activity to do here – amazing views unlike any other that you can experience. Towns like Glenorchy, Haast, Fox/Franz Glacier, Mt. Cook and Kaikoura are always on my “must visit” list if you have the time (stunning scenery at every turn). Have a wonderful trip Mike!

  • treyratcliff

    I will do that! :)

  • Jon

    Comes in around AUD $1,500 per day for 4 days. Yes 4 days, as day 1 and day 6 is arriving and leaving, I find it very very expensive. I would expect a student to teacher ratio of no more than 1:3, 5 star accommodation, all meals, all drinks and a few helicopter flights thrown in. However good luck to those that go.

  • Jonathan

    Hi Trey Wondered if you do the workshops without the accommodation as my wife and I live just over the Crown Range near Wanaka, NZ. Love your pictured on your website and so nice to recognise where some of the NZ ones are taken. Cheers, Jonathan

  • treyratcliff

    Hey Jonathan — sure we can do about anything and Curtis can customize it for you. One thing to think about though is we often start early and the group leaves the hotel together, so it may be a long way to drive all the way over every morning before sunrise. Also it’s just kinda fun to keep the group together, eat together, etc! :)

  • Jonatha Borzicchi

    it’s a robbery. unbelievable people ready to spend 20000 dollar for nobody while magnum photographer workshhop cost less than 4000 dollar. a it’s internet era. in addiction this guy take pretty common photo, cliche, copied of photos seen thousand dog time, over process it and voila. zero consideration in photography world outside this blog, zero prize or recognition. solitude of internet.

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