Top & Back
Glenorchy is a small township that sits at the top of Lake Wakatipu. It wasn’t until 1962 that the road there was finished, until then access to this township was by horse, foot or boat.
The road itself contributes towards this being one of the world's most beautiful drives. Leaving Queenstown this stretch of tarmac winds along the sides of the majestic mountains adorning the eastern edge of Lake Wakatipu. There are a plethora of pull ins where you can stop and soak up the world class vistas. Many of these are swamped with tourists, and thankfully even more are quiet as a mouse. What’s great for you is that we know this road extremely well and exactly where to stop depending upon the season and current weather conditions.
All you have to do is take the time to take it all in. We are tasked with taking breathtaking photographs of you and yours in this stunning location as we guide you through what’s here in terms of flora and fauna. We’ve spent many years educating the young people of the Wakatipu Basin & Upper Clutha and beyond in all areas of sustainability. Our skills and experience in this area will facilitate a greater learning and understanding about this beautiful place you have chosen to travel to. Remember, as you spend time here, we’ll be capturing your experience with professional travel photography. If there are certain things that you find extra specially beautiful, all you have to do is let us know and we’ll capture what you see in all its glory.
We stop often on the way up or back from Glenorchy and Paradise, and then spend some time in this idyllic New Zealand township. As you explore with our guidance, we’ll be there to capture the experience. This is a perfect opportunity to grab some unique travel photographs as well as recreate some of the more iconic New Zealand shots you’ve seen.
We really want to talk to you before your trip so we can ensure that we know about any particular shots or locations that you’re really wanting to visit. We want to provide you with the very best bespoke luxury travel experience for your trip to Queenstown. Leaving with not only memories, but a whole host of professional photographs for you to enjoy for decades to come.
Land Rovers are in our blood and the natural choice for our luxurious service. JAS, one of the last 6 Defenders to be imported into New Zealand is our work horse. Whilst she looks tough and rugged from the outside, the leather seats provide a very comfortable ride, especially if we’re taking you to somewhere away from the main tourist routes. To counteract the rough rugged feel, we also have a Discovery 4.
Safety is paramount to us, as such our vehicles are all certified to carry passengers and we’re also licensed to drive passengers with all the relevant insurances and health and safety policies firmly in place.
Top & Back - Package Details
This unforgettable experience takes us around 6 hours in total, from picking you up from your accomodation in the Wakatipu Basin until dropping you back there, or somewhere else within the basin.
We aim to stop two or three times along the road and usually spend around forty five minutes to an hour at each stop shooting with you, this depends upon where we stop. Some of our locations require short walks. We provide a bespoke service that fits as closely as possible with your desires, so everything is flexible. As we get to know each other more during the drive then we’ll suggest options that we believe will be the best fit for you.
These aren’t whistle stop tours where you’re in and out of the vehicle as fast as possible. We want you to be able to slow down and relax, to take time to drink in the beauty that will be all around you and learn more about this incredible part of the world which we feel privileged to call home.
We understand that you will want to see your photos as soon as possible so we’ll be getting into the processing quick sharp. That’s what we’re about. Usually by mid morning the next day, often before, you’ll have a handful for social media with a subtle watermark. We will have your full set available via digital download within the week for the ‘To the Top and Back’ package.
In terms of numbers, this is almost like saying how long is a piece of string. Rather than hold the shutter down and create hundreds of similar shots we aim to capture around 200 beautiful images of you in the time we have together.
We have great printing deals which we’ll discus with you, and depending upon how long you’re staying in town we can deliver prints of your favourite shots to your hotel before you leave or arrange to have them shipped anywhere in the world.
We pick you up from where you’re staying in the Wakatipu Basin and then either drop you off there or somewhere else in the Basin. All of this we arrange before hand and obviously has an influence upon which and how many destinations we can take you to.
We also offer a 20% discount from our Limited Edition Fine Art Prints to everyone who has been on one of our To the Top and Back Photography Tours.
If you have any further questions, please emailus@authenticAs.org and we’ll gladly answer them for you