Lake Wanaka Tourism photoshoot – Wilkin River

Last week I did a photo shoot for Lake Wanaka Tourism at the breathtakingly stunning Wilkin River and Siberia Valley. Wilkin River Jets took us where we needed to go with their jet boats and helicopter, you cant really fail to have a good time with a jet boat and a chopper! I had been looking forward to this shoot for a while and finally the right, clear sunny day was apon us and with a flurry of last minute organising to rally up the models, clothing (thanks to Icebreaker for supplying clothing) , food and a game plan we were ready to do it… With a good crew of people up for modeling, Darvs as our easygoing heli pilot, Danielle and Hayden behind the wheel of the jet boats, blue skies, everything was teed up to be a cracker of a day…

 

Wilkin River jet boating…

We started the morning of with a quick scout around the mountains in the bird and took a look at some of the glaciers, the famous Lake Crucible and the recently burnt down Siberia Hut (very sad!) With the door off the chopper it was time to shoot the jet boats as they raced up the Wilkin River. Shooting photos from a heli will never get boring, I just LOVE the shots you can get with wings! Such a fun shoot chasing jet boats, so very James Bond.

The amazing Lake Crucible, which has floating icebergs from the glaciers in spring, they had all melted leaving the black pool that looked just like a witches cauldron! Maybe that’s why they called it Lake Crucible!

James admiring the view from the heli, looking out to Lake Lucidious

Wilkin River Jets (a whole lot of fun)…

I just LOVE the colour and clearness of the water in NZ…

Negotiating some shingle and shallow waters…

Rest stop next to the native bush and sandflies

After the jet boat shoot, we took some shots at the Top Forks Hut and the Kirin Forks Hut, before regrouping down in the Siberia Valley. From here I took shots of the beautiful walk over the pass, through the native bush, back to the Wilkin River to get picked up by the jet boat.

Iona and Tim admiring the view looking back down into Siberia Valley

Raewin and Geoff walking through the lush NZ bush

Luckily when we got to the pick up point the jet boat was only 5 mins away, as the sandflies were some of the most ferocious I have ever experienced! I will leave you with this shot of the collection of sandflies that had gathered on my camera bag strap. These little nippers were rife… I have to say they are my least favorite part of NZ. But still not as bad as the Scottish Midge…