Matt Gilligan & Craig Turnbull
Event Host

New Zealand Winter Expedition 2021

Queenstown, Otago
22 Aug
Matt Gilligan & Craig Turnbull
Event Host
Image: Matt Gilligan & Craig Turnbull, Alpha 7R III (A7RM3B)
An exploration of the south islands rugged highlands

About the event

Does flying above the glaciers in a private helicopter, exploring waterfalls from a boat, and descending into ice caves grab your attention? 

Welcome to our Sony Scene, New Zealand photography expedition. 


Please note: this event has now been rescheduled to August 2022


We have handcrafted this experience to maximize every aspect of your trip, from premium single occupancy accommodation, to un-paralleled views at every corner, and of course to complement this you'll have the undivided attention from not one, but two professional photographers to help and guide your New Zealand experience.

An editing masterclass during the trip is also included, where we can help you craft your aesthetics to reach your full creative potential.

Your trip will take you to several destinations around Queenstown New Zealand, where we have tailored an experience like no other, including but not limited to:  

  • Queenstown 
  • Milford Sound boat tour 
  • Sunrise shoot at Lake Manapouri/Lake Te Anau area  
  • Jacks Point 
  • The Shotover Canyons 
  • Astro Photography 
  • Wanaka 
  • Senic Flight and Glacier Landing 

This trip involves moderate activity: travellers should be in good health, be comfortable walking or standing for extended periods, and prepared for several hours of activity on some days. Excursions may include navigating uneven terrain and walking on paths with steep ascents/descents. Those who are prone to motion sickness may be uncomfortable on the senic flight or during drives on bumpy roads.  

The destinations and daily itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors outside of our control.  

A full itinerary and list of recommended camera gear will be sent upon booking confirmation. 


The full cost of the expedition is A$4,200 per person. (Max group number of 8 participants) 

The $1,000 fee shown on the Sony Scene event page is the deposit to secure your booking. The remaining amount is to be paid 60 days prior to the event commencement date, to llubnrut Pty Ltd (Craig Turnbull Photography) either via direct deposit or online by credit card using the link below (3% Surcharge for credit cards will apply) 



For direct deposit details please contact us directly at   


Your trip cost includes...  

  • A Sony welcome pack 
  • Tuition fee 
  • On workshop transport 
  • On workshop single occupancy accommodation 
  • Buffet Breakfeast Daily 
  • Helicopter tour 
  • Boat tour 
  • National Park entrance fees & permits 
  • 2 bottles of water p/p - p/day and various snacks. 



  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable 
  • Lunch and dinner meals are not included. Regular food breaks at current location will be organised. (Breakfast meals will be included) 
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance 
  • Visas 
  • Alcoholic beverages 

All other expenses are the responsibility of the participants.  

llubnrut Pty - Craig Turnbull Photography are holders of public liability insurance for tour operators through JLT Entertainment Australia. 

For further information or clarification, please don't hesitate to contact Matt & Craig via email   

Techniques covered

This workshop is fashioned around these core values which will help you along your photographic journey 
  • 1) Crafting your own aesthetic
  • 2) Learn to be a visual story teller 
  • 3) A new approach to landscape photography 
  • 4) Editing masterclass  
  • 5) learning adaptability to different aspects of photographic works  

What to bring

  • Camera Body
  • Batteries (Spare batteries a must, due to low temperatures)
  • lightweight tripod
  • Mid-range prime/telephoto and wide-angle 
  • Warm clothing to suit snow and harsh conditions, think about layering. 
  • Jeans are not suitable, or allowed to be worn on helicopter flight or hike 
  • Waterproof footwear i.e Boots
  • A full list be will sent along with your welcome pack and itinerary.

Event FAQs (For general FAQs, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page)

A small selection of Sony Alpha lenses and cameras will be available to try out during the trip.
Welcome dinner and breakfast will be included at the Rydges Hotel. Lights snacks and drinks will be provided, all other meals will be at your own expense.
Warm layered clothing suited to snow and harsh weather conditions.
No, flights to and from Queenstown New Zealand will be at your own expense.
Yes, single-occupant or twin-share accommodation will be provided at premium accommodation.
18 and over, as well as a medium to high level of fitness will is recommended. If you are concerned about your individual fitness level, please get directly in touch with Matt or Craig.
For further information or clarification, please don't hesitate to contact Matt & Craig via email
22 Aug 2022, 12:00PM - 29 August 2022, 10:00AM
Suitable for all levels
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A$1,000 per/person    

Event Host

Matt Gilligan & Craig Turnbull

Matthew and Craig are passionate photographers as well as educators, with different styles and experiences. They met in Sydney in 2019 and again in Brisbane ...

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