Exploring New Zealand’s most Instagrammable Places
Fancy yourself an Instagram influencer? Or maybe you’re a mad keen photographer? Either way, New Zealand is chock full of photogenic places that’ll have your Instagram profile looking drool-worthy in no time. If you’re looking to make a holiday photo album that’ll put others to shame, these beautiful spots are all great places to start.
With its gorgeous turquoise waters and epic mountain backdrop, it’s no surprise that Tekapo sits at the top of the list of the most Instagrammed spots in New Zealand. Springtime is the best time to visit for that dream photo—in addition to the usual stunning lake-and-mountain backdrop, the surrounding fields come to life with thousands of Lupin flowers which streak the landscape with stunning shades of purple, blue, pink and yellow. Take a sun-kissed walk on one of the many walking tracks that surround the lakes and find your perfect photo spot.
You’ll struggle to find a more dramatic landscape anywhere in the world, it’s that simple! Milford Sound has sheer cliff faces with winding waterfalls tumbling into its vast natural fiord, flanked by tree-lined banks. Did we mention you can see whales, dolphins and penguins in the waters here, many kilometres inland from the ocean? PS. It’s also even more beautiful after it rains, when the waterfalls spring to life!
Auckland Sky Tower
In a land of epic landscapes and natural wonders, Auckland’s Sky Tower stands above as NZ’s tallest structure. Go for the ground-level photo from Queen Street, hop on a boat round the harbour and capture the Sky Tower soaring above the city skyline, or get up top of the tower itself and get a sky-high selfie from the bungy platform.
Lots of places in New Zealand can lay claim to being in the Lords of the Rings movies, but only Hobbiton allows you to visit the real Bag End, drink ales at the Green Dragon and fill your Instagram feed with selfies featuring you in a real-life Hobbit hole. There are more than 10 acres of movie set to explore, so get creative with your photo setups!
Abel Tasman National Park
Small in size but super accessible, Abel Tasman national park is all golden beaches, sunlit walkways and beautiful forests. Native birds can be found on the lands and waters of the Abel Tasman, and its many secluded coves and bays provide ample photo opportunities. Think outside the box… anyone can take a beach-legs selfie, but what about exploring the waters in a kayak, snapping pictures from a seaplane or finding a hidden waterfall in the forest?
Wanaka is one of those places that’s so packed with stunning spots that it‘s difficult to pick just one; so, here’s a few for you: head to Rippon winery for the ultimate elevated view of the lake, find #thatwanakatree (it’s on google maps), or better yet, go exploring on a jet boat and find that magic spot that nobody else #nofilter’d from yet. Get out there and explore!