27 Most Wonderful Instagrammable Places in New Zealand 

Have you always wanted to visit New Zealand? Not too sure where are some of the most instagrammable places in New Zealand?  

Without a doubt, New Zealand is one of the most photogenic places to see – from some of the most unique volcanic landscapes in Mount Tongariro to the majestic waterfalls at Milford Sound, there are so many beautiful places to discover.

In this post, I have carefully curated some of the top 27 most instagrammable places in New Zealand that  are both on the Southern Island and Northern Island of the country : 

27 Most Wonderful Instagrammable Places in New Zealand

1. Lake Tekapo

2. Highway 80, Mount Cook Road

3. Mount Cook National Park 

4. Milford Sound

5. Roy’s Peak, Wanaka

6. Hokitika Gorge, Hokitika

7. Franz Josef Glacier

8. Lake Matheson, Fox Glacier

9. Wanaka Tree, Wanaka

10. Wanaka Lavender Farm

11. Queenstown Skyline

12. Pancake Rocks, Punaikiki

13. Viewpoint over Lindi Pass

14. Lake Rotoiti, Nelson National Park 

15. Abel Tasman National Park

16. Hobbiton, Waikato

17. Kent Road, Mount Taranaki

18. Pouakai Tarns, Mount Taranaki

19. Mount Maunganui

20. Tongariro Alpine Crossing

21. Castlepoint Lighthouse, Wairarapa

22. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal, Rotorua

23. Redwoods, Rotorua

24. Cathedral Cove, Coromandel 

25. Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, New Plymouth

26. Te Mata Peak

27. Mount Victoria

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1. Lake Tekapo

The first on the list of the most instagrammable places in New Zealand is Lake Tekapo. It is one of the most iconic South Island gems, and a photographer’s dream place to visit! 

Tekapo Lake has some of the most stunning bluest water you’ll ever see, surrounded by the beautiful Southern Alps. 

It is only an hour away from Mount Cook National Park and quite a popular stop between Christchurch and Queenstown

That’s not the only thing that’s attractive about the lake, it is also one of the best places to catch the lupin flowers when they are in season.

The lupins are some of the prettiest flowers I have ever seen, ranging from deep purple hues to light pinks, together with the breathtaking view of the mountains and the bluest lake – this is an instagrammable place that will be the highlight of your Instagram page.

Lake Tekapo is just as impressive as night. With very little light pollution, you’ll be able to catch billions of dazzling twinkling stars and even constellations with your naked eye!

Also, one of the best ways to experience stargazing is at Mount John Observatory. Imagine getting the opportunity to have a closer look at the stars, constellations, and galaxies with their domed telescope. Isn’t that amazing? 

When to go: The lupins are usually in full bloom during the mid-spring to early summer, which is late November to mid-January. As for stargazing, it can be viewed all year round but if you want to catch the spectacular Aurora Australis, come over in July or August!

Top tip: Some of the best instagrammable spots are anywhere near the lakefront or if you’re approaching from Mount, you can find plenty of lupins just by the side of the road!

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2. Highway 80, Mount Cook Road 

If you continue driving past Lake Tekapo for about 45 minutes, you’ll be on Highway 80 which runs alongside Lake Pukaki, and will lead you to Mount Cook National Park, most instagrammable places in New Zealand. 

Highway 80 or Mount Cook Road is one of the best coastal drives that you’ll ever experience. Lake Pukaki is another stunning turquoise glacial water that you can’t take your eyes off. 

Did I tell you that the best thing about this place is that it is less crowded here compared to Lake Tekapo, so take as much time as you need. 

Top tip: Along the way, there will be plenty of places to pull over so if you’re like me, you probably would want to stop every 5 minutes to take a picture of the stunning view, or just enjoy it from the comfort of your campervan. 

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3. Mount Cook National Park

Just a few kilometers away from Lake Pukaki is Mount Cook National Park. No holiday is complete without visiting this breathtaking wild landscape. 

Mount Cook (Aoki in the Maori language) is home to 23 mountain peaks, including New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mount Cook with heights over 3724 meters. This national park lies within the Southern Alps.

The best way to experience the park is by hiking, and the trails are very well-marked in the park. The most popular day hike for visitors is the Hooker Valley Track. It is a relatively easy hike and will take you about a 3 hours return journey.

When to go: It’s best to go when the weather is clear. Sometimes it can get cloudy so you can rarely see the mountains but the landscape is just as breathtaking.  

Top tip: During the hike, you will be greeted by some of the most beautiful glacier rivers, snow-peaked mountains, and finally with a view of icebergs floating over Hooker Lake, overlooking Mount Cook. With this much natural beauty, no wonder it is one of the most instagrammable places in New Zealand! Take as much time as you need to find the best photo spots! 

You don’t need to go on the track if you’re short on time. You can still get amazing views from short walks around the park. Every corner of this place is instagrammable!

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4. Milford Sound

Next on the list will take your breath away. There are many stunning landscapes in New Zealand but Milford Sound has got to be among the wonders of the world. It is situated within the Fiordland National Park and is a part of  Te Wahipounamu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Many travelers from all around the world have come to this location, to marvel at its beauty; countless majestic waterfalls, mirror lakes, and steep mountain peaks all in one location! 

An excellent way to experience its incredible landscape is by going on an affordable boat cruise where you get to experience the beauty of Milford Sound up close. Venturing closer to nature, there are plenty of photo opportunities to be taken here!  

Always keep an eye out for marine wildlife. If you’re lucky, you will bump into some of the wildlife that is in the area, such as these cheeky seals that are sunbathing on top of these rocky boulders.

When to go: To get the most out of Milford Sound, I would suggest you get there early in the morning so you would have the whole day to enjoy the scenery without the crowds. 

Top tip: The best season to experience this place would be during spring – from September, October, and November. There are more daylight hours which means you’ll be able to take more stunning photos! 

If you’re into sunset photography and planning to catch the golden hour shot, there’s a lovely accommodation nearby where you could unwind for a day or two before continuing your journey! It’s just a short two-minute drive from Milford Sound. 

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5. Roy’s Peak, Wanaka

Your visit to New Zealand must also include a place called Roy’s Peak. This place has become one of the most instagrammable places in New Zealand and there’s a reason why.

The 360 stunning panoramic views over Lake Wanaka, surrounded by the Southern Alps will take your breath away. Everyone wants a piece of it because it’s absolutely amazing! 

Getting here requires some hiking and the track is about 16 km long, an estimation of  a 5-6 hours return journey. It can be quite a challenging hike for a beginner but if you’re up to some hiking, this would be the perfect hiking trail for you.

When to go: It has become a popular spot among hikers and the best time to go is early in the morning so you could catch that sunrise, and also the iconic Roy’s Peak shot over Lake Wanaka. 

Top tip: If you’ve decided to go for this hike, check the weather before you set out and be prepared for a challenging steep climb of 1200m change in elevation from start to finish. 

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6. Hokitika Gorge

Looking for a short hike but you still want an amazing view? Hokitika Gorge is your place to be and trust me, it’s one of the most instagrammable spots in the west coast of the South Island. 

The Hokitika Gorge Walk is one of the most popular tourist attractions and also one of the most instagrammable places in New Zealand. Most visitors come here to see its surreal turquoise blue water that carves through the granite bedrock to form the breathtaking gorge formations that are surrounded by dense native bush. 

The trail is pretty easy, it’s just a short 2 km loop that takes you through the lush trees and down to the turquoise river. Overall, it will take you about 15 – 20 minutes to get to the end of the trail. 

When to go: You can come here anytime of the day but the water is at its bluest when it’s in the middle of the day! The gorge is one of the popular spots as well so best come at sunrise to enjoy it quietly. 

Top tip: There are several places along the trail for you to stop and take your Instagramable pictures. The most popular spot would be on the suspension bridge or right by the boulders. Get someone to help you to take it from a higher viewpoint!

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7. Franz Josef Glacier 

Stepping foot on a glacier seems like a far-fetched dream but here at Franz Josef Glacier, you could make your dream come true! It is definitely on my bucket list! 

Franz Josef Glacier is a must-visit place on the west coast of South Island in New Zealand and definitely one of the most instagrammable places in New Zealand! They are home to some of the most impressive and memorable views of glaciers, which are jaw-droppingly beautiful.

There are many ways to experience the glaciers, and one of the more popular ways is by doing guided glacier hikes or taking a scenic helicopter ride to enjoy the stunning view from above. Both are truly amazing experiences on their own! 

When to go: Winter season! Due to colder temperature, there are fewer ice melts which means you get to see more ice formations like the ice caves.

Top tip: Although the glacier helicopter rides can be quite expensive, which can set you back about USD$ 337, I promise you that this experience is worth splurging on as it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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8. Lake Matheson

Not too far away from Franz Josef Glacier, with a 30-minute drive, you’ll arrive at Lake Matheson. The views from Lake Matheson are one of the most photographed lakes in New Zealand! On clear days, you can see its gorgeous mirror reflections of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman.

When to go: To get the best photo, it would be best to go during sunrise or sunset when the light is at its best and the lake is generally still and calm. Check the weather on the day as well as it’s unlikely that you’ll see the mountains when it is a cloudy day.

Top tip: If you’re interested in exploring the place more, there is a walkway around the lake which takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes. About halfway into the hike, you will find the best spot to take photos of the reflected lake which is at the Reflection Island jetty!  

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9. Wanaka Tree, Wanaka

The Wanaka Tree sounds very intriguing, but why is it so famous and also one of the most instagrammable places in New Zealand? 

This lonely willow tree has somewhat gained a reputation for being the most photographed tree in New Zealand. Thanks to Instagram, photographers and visitors from all around the world gather here regularly to capture this unique scene. 

Although it grows in a slightly weird location, the surrounding backdrop of the Southern Alps and the blue lakes makes it an even more beautiful sight to be captured. This is a sight that you do not want to miss!

When to go: The best time to capture this scenic view is during sunrise. Otherwise, sunsets are amazing too but heads up, the place is a bit more crowded. 

Top tip: If you’ve captured the picture of the Wanaka Tree, don’t forget to use the hashtag #WanakaTree. There are already more than 40,000 post shared on instagram and your post could be the next one featured! 

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10. Lavender Farm, Wanaka

If you’ve always wanted to visit a lavender farm, this is the perfect place to do so! Just a 5 minutes drive from Lake Wanaka and you’ll arrive at the breathtaking landscape of lavenders at The Wanaka Lavender Farm.

Imagine walking through rows and rows of lavender with a stunning backdrop of the mountains – this is a perfect recipe to get your best Instagram shots! There are endless opportunities and angles to take your pictures here. 

When to go: Lavender is a seasonal flower so the best time to visit the farm is when it’s in full bloom which is in summer from December to February. The flowers would only begin to bloom in early December so probably wait until January to see it bloom bright purple!

Top tip:  Not only do you get to experience the lavenders,  you can also catch a glimpse of farm animals at the lavender farm. From alpacas, pigs, and chickens to sheep – it’s a fantastic place to take your family, especially your little kids!

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11. Queenstown Skyline

Queenstown is without a doubt the adventure capital of New Zealand! It is the perfect place to go to, whether you’re looking for some thrill-seeking activities or dropping by for some sightseeing, Queenstown has got you covered. 

The well-known adventure capital is surrounded by snowy alps, mountains, rivers, canyons, and stunning lakes. To be able to get a panoramic view of the city, head up to Bob’s Peak summit. There’s a trail where you can hike or you can catch a gondola to the top. 

The gondola ride is about 15 minutes to the top and you’ll be greeted with the most amazing view of Queenstown. If you have a little bit of time, you should go for the luge ride while enjoying the view from the side of the mountain! 

In addition, with so many activities to do and surreal sights to see, there are loads of fantastic accommodations in town for you to choose from. It’s easy to get around as well, the public transportation in Queenstown is super reliable. 

When to go: The skyline station is pretty much open all year round but the best time to go would be during the sunset, when you can see the orange hues hitting the town and the mountains. This is a panoramic view that you definitely need to experience, at least once! 

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12. Pancake Rocks, Punaikiki

The Pancakes Rocks are one of the most natural and visited attractions in Punakaiki on the west coast of the South Island. The rock formations are clearly one of the most instagrammable places in New Zealand and should not be missed out. 

How do pancake-shaped rocks happen? Well, the intense pressure from the limestone caused them to solidify into layers and stacked upon one another, leaving a “pancake” like formation. What’s even more fascinating about them is that they were formed 30 million years ago.

Top Tip: There are also some remarkable blowholes that you can see here that only happen during high tide. The high surge of seawater will shoot upwards, creating a huge display of sea spray, so get your camera ready and enjoy the show! 

Another way of experiencing this place is by going on a tour where you’ll learn more about the history and processes of the rock formations! Don’t worry, everything will be taken care of for you and your family.  

When to visit: If you want to catch this stunning spot in a different light, I would suggest that you come at sunset! It’s such a picturesques scene. 

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13. Viewpoint over Lindi Pass

Lindis Pass is a breathtaking mountain pass in New Zealand and it is a must when you’re road tripping on the South Island. 

Top Tip: The pass is 80 km long and connects Mackenzie Basin with Central Otago. At the highest point of Lindis Pass at 971m above sea level, you’ll find a small lookout platform where you could get out and enjoy the incredible view.

There is a small section area provided for car parking. There are other viewpoints along the way as well but you need to climb a little to get there. 

You will be rewarded with an amazing view of miles upon miles of grass-covered mountains, sweeping views of grasslands accompanied by snow peak mountains in the backdrop.  

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14. Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes National Park

Besides Lake Matheson, another stunning lake that has made into the list is Lake Rotoiti. This lake is situated in Nelson Lakes National Park, between Travers Range and St Arnaud Range.

Lake Rotoiti sits gently between the mountain peaks, which creates a breathtaking view of the place itself! The backdrop of this lake combined with the existing jetty makes it an ideal place for your Instagram shots. 

Not only that, you can also enjoy the view of the stunning lake with a guided kayaking tour that brings you across the scenic lake and stops by the hot pools, where you get to take a dip before heading back!

When to go: For the best light, I would recommend coming here just before sunset! Other than that, anytime of the day is perfect as well. 

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15. Anchorage Bay, Abel Tasman National Park

Some of the best New Zealand travel vacations can be found here at Abel Tasman National Park. This is the smallest national park in New Zealand but don’t let that fool you. 

This national park is distinct for its pristine coastline with soft golden sand, stunning unusual rock formations, and its world-renowned coast track. If you’re coming from the South, it is easily accessible by car but if you’re coming from the North, you need to catch the car ferry from Wellington.

You will be able to explore the park by foot, air, or boat. What I love the most about the national park is the soft golden beaches, which can be found at Anchorage Bay! You can only get here by water taxis, or by the Abel Tasman Coast Track.

The coast track is about 60km long and takes between 3 and 5 days to complete. What’s amazing is that it will take you through the lush forest, all the way to the beautiful beaches that are lined up at the coast.

When to go: This is a perfect place for a quick getaway! The most popular time to come here is during summer, just in time for those beach photos! The locals also recommended coming here during spring or fall which is just as beautiful. 

Top Tip: You can choose to visit selected parts of the track and you can do this by hopping on the Abel Tasman Water Taxis. They’ll drop you off and pick you up at different points along the coastal tracks. 

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16. Hobbiton, Waikato 

Now that we’ve covered the South Island, let’s see what the North Island has got to offer. The first stop is the Hobbiton Movie Set!  

Always wanted to be on a set of Lord of The Rings, The Hobbit Trilogies and see where the magic happens? Don’t miss this opportunity when you make your visit to Hobbiton, located in Matamata, which is about two hours away from Auckland. 

Peter Jackson, who was the director of the trilogy chose to shoot his film in New Zealand mentioned that “New Zealand is particularly suitable for re-creating Middle-earth. The landscape and the raw beauty of these places is ideal for this story.”

Matamata is surrounded by lush green landscapes which is the perfect place to recreate J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Shire. Since then, The Hobbiton movie set has become one of the most wonderful photogenic places on the North Island. 

The village is home to an astonishing 44 hobbit homes, including Bag Ends (Bilbo’s home). You can experience the whole magic of the movie set by going on the tour, where they will guide you through some of the key behind-the-scenes! 

When to go: Although summer is the best month to visit the movie set, photographers love to come here during the autumn month, where you have a gradual tone of oranges and yellows, in contrast to the hobbit homes. That would make it one of most instagrammable places in New Zealand!

Top Tip: The path is relatively easy to get around but you do need to pay to get in. Make sure you book the first tour in the morning to avoid the crowd and get the dreamy Instagram shot in a Hobbit’s world! 

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17. Kent Road, Mount Taranaki

Without a doubt, Kent Road is an incredibly scenic road to take as you make your journey toward Mount Taranaki. It’s one of the best places to take your Instagram shot with a backdrop of the stunning Mountain Taranaki!

When to go: Definitely during sunset when the sun hits the mountain and renders it golden, you will get the most instagrammable picture in New Zealand! Clear weather is the perfect condition but sometimes, you’ll have to check on the weather as it can get cloudy. 

Top tip: You might have to take photos on the road to get the best angle. Hence, If you’re going to do so, always keep an eye on oncoming cars. Safety first! 

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18. Pouakai Tarns, Mount Taranaki

If you’re up for an adventure and love to hike, you’ll fall in love with Pouakai Tarns. This is a very popular hike among hikers and backpackers to get stunning views of the mountain. 

The Poukai Trans trail via Mongerai Track and Poukie Hut is approximately 12 km return and is a moderately challenging trail to get there. The journey takes about 5 hours to complete.

Top tip: If you get too tired to trail back down, there is a hut on the top, which is close to the Trans where you can spend the night there or get some snacks before continuing your journey.

The journey might be challenging but the view is absolutely incredible. The magnificent Mount Taranaki sitting by the reflecting ponds is a sight that you won’t easily forget!

When to go: The trail can be walked all year year but the best time to go is from December to April. Always check the weather before you begin your journey as some of the higher parts can be affected by snow and ice, especially during winter. 

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19. Mount Maunganui

Another insta-worthy place would be Mount Maunganui. When you arrive at a place as beautiful as Mount Maunganui, and there’s a viewpoint where you could appreciate the entire beauty, you need to get up there! 

Mount Maunganui (Mauao in the Maori language) stands at 232 meters above sea level, to the north-east of Tauranga’s city center. The walk up to the summit takes about 45-minutes, and it does require a good level of fitness to reach the top, but it’s definitely not as intense as The Pouakai Tarns. 

Once you’ve reached the summit, you will be greeted with a panoramic view of the entire Western Bay of Plenty – from the calming blue Pacific Ocean that stretches as far as your eye can see, to the white sandy beaches by the coastline. 

Take as much time as you need to take the amazing view in, as the panoramic view of the Western Bay of Plenty offers stunning Instagram pictures in every direction. 

When to go: The most beautiful time to view the place is during sunrise when the sun comes up from the horizon and lights up the coastline! 

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20. Tongariro Alpine Crossing National Park

With some of the world’s most natural wonders, Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of the most instagrammable places in New Zealand but heads up, it is a challenging journey across this volcanic wonderland. 

The Tongariro National Park  is best known for its impressive day hikes, which makes it a perfect landscape for hikers and mountaineers that are seeking some of the best single-day trek adventures!

The crossing will take you on a 19.4 km journey, which takes you anywhere between    7 – 9 hours, across some of the awe-inspiring scenery from volcanic peaks, and glacial valleys to bright crater lakes. 

When to go: This is a challenging hike so please check the weather conditions as they can change pretty drastically and make sure you start very early in the morning as there will be a long journey ahead of you. 

There’s a few accommodations near the national park where you could stay the night after a londa day of hiking. Some of them even provide shuttle services to the national park so you don’t have to worry about transportation. 

Top tip: With the countless number of natural wonders to admire, you’ll have endless photo opportunities. The ones that caught my eyes the most would be the view over the vivid emerald lakes, they’re just stunning! 

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21. Castlepoint Lighthouse, Wairarapa

One of the most beautiful sea views can be found right here, by the lighthouse at Wairarapa. The lighthouse stands gracefully on top of a cliff, overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean – it is a picture perfect-place for an Instagrammer! 

You can explore the surrounding scenic reserve but the most photogenic shot can be found at the boardwalk, which leads to the lighthouse. The coastline is just as beautiful to take pictures of as well. 

When to go: During sunrise when the sky is dancing with beautiful colors! With the backdrop of the dancing sky, the lighthouse stands out even more. 

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22. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal, Rotorua

Another most instagrammable places in New Zealand that you can visit is the Wai-O-Tapu, commonly known as Tapu Wonderland. 

The place is a distinct attraction in the North Island due to its unique geothermal landscapes here and because of its location in the Taupo Volcanic Zone.  

It feels like you’re stepping into an entirely different world, where you can see several ‘rainbow‘ colored geothermal pools and impressive explosive geysers that are on display every day. 

If you can’t get enough of this wonderful place, they also have a scenic helicopter ride that offers a bird’s eye view of the stunning geothermal pools and hot springs.  It will be such an unforgettable experience! 

Top tip: The nature experience here is unique and is something that you can’t get anywhere else, so get your camera ready because this would stand out in your Instagram pictures.

When to go: Make sure that you pre-book the tickets so that you will be able to get the express entry! This is important especially if you want to get those instagrammable shots at one of the most instagrammable places in New Zealand! 

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23. Redwoods, Rotorua

Not only in the United States, but New Zealand also has its own Redwoods. They might not be as well-known as the Redwoods National Park in California, but they are equally  as impressive. 

If you’re staying in downtown Rotorua, The Redwoods (Whakarewarewa Forest) is a convenient 5-minutes drive away. What’s striking about this place is that the forest consists of 117-year-old massive redwood trees!

The best way to experience this place is by walking through a series of suspension bridges that sits 20-meters above the forest floor, which provides a wonderful bird’s eye perspective so one can be fully immersed in the forest. 

When to go: Visit the place during sunset to get a glimpse of the forest during golden hours, especially when the lights peek through between the trees! This is a paid entry but the experience itself is going to be worth it. 

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24. Cathedral Cove, Coromandel Peninsula

You’ve probably seen this place being shared multiple times on Instagram and I’ll share with you why. 

Cathedral Cove is situated on the east of Coromandel Peninsula and with an astounding 121 thousand posts shared, it is easily one of the most instagrammable spots on the North Island. 

Every year, it attracts thousands of beach lovers that flock there for its golden sandy beach and beautiful rocky formations. You can walk along the coastline with a stunning view of the volcanic coastlines. 

When to go: Best time to go would be as early as possible in the morning to catch the sunrise or in the evening when you can watch the sunset by the beach. 

Top tip: To get the perfect gram shot, try to avoid coming here on weekends or public holidays as it can get really crowded! 

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25. Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, New Plymouth

The Te Rewa Rewa bridge design reminds me of a coral skeleton, such beautifully designed arches but what’s beautiful about this spot is on the other side of the bridge. 

If you stand on the other side of the bridge and look back, you’ll see that the arches are perfectly lined up with the background of the breathtaking Mount Taranaki!

When to go: The best time to come here is at sunset, when the light hits Mount Taranaki and you’ll get the golden hour aesthetic which is perfect for Instagram! 

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26. Te Mata Peak

An incredibly scenic view can be found at Te Mata Peak on the North Island! Te Mata Peak is a spectacular chain of mountains 400 meters high above sea level, with surrounding views of Heretaunga Plains, Hawke’s Bay, and Napier. 

Te Mata Peak is known for its nature trails which are popular among hikers and bikers. There are different walking trails that you can choose depending on the areas that you want to explore. It’s definitely going to be quite a workout going up but its spectacular views are going to be truly worth visiting. 

When to go: Any time of the day is fine as the views are stunning but if you’re looking for that instagrammable shot, then going during sunrise or sunset would be the best time!

Top tip: If you’re not up for hiking, fret not. You can drive all the way up to the top but be careful, the road up is quite narrow. 

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27. Mount Victoria, Wellington

Can’t get enough panoramic views? Mount Victoria, standing at 135 meters high, has the most notable views of Wellington city, the harbor, and yes, the stunning ocean as well. 

There is an easy walking trail that runs 1.9km and takes an average of 38 minutes to be completed. Along the route, there are many places where you can stop to take your photo shots and enjoy the endless views of the city and the ocean. 

Besides walking, you could easily hire an electric bike to ease your journey around the city and even up the steep hills. It is such a fun way to experience the city and helps you to get to the best viewpoints in the city way faster! 

If you can’t get enough of the ocean view, why not stay for a couple of days to visit other beautiful attractions in the city? You can even hire the electric bike the next day!

When to go: With an easy trail, you can come here at any time of the day and if you’re interested in seeing the city light up, I would suggest for you to wait till the sun sets.

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FAQs on Instagrammable Places in New Zealand

What is the most photographed place in New Zealand?

The most photographed place in New Zealand is Milford Sound! It is famous for its dramatic landscape; from its majestic waterfalls to catching a glimpse of wildlife, there’s nothing like Milford Sound. It’s one of the most magical destination

Without a doubt, it is a must-see destination and also on all the photographers’ bucket lists!

What are the most Instagrammable places in the world?

The most instagrammable places in the world are: 

  • The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
  • Interlaken, Switzerland
  • Santorini, Greece
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine, Japan
  • Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA
  • Abisko National Park, Sweden 

Are you ready and excited to visit some of the most instagrammable places in New Zealand now? 

Now that we’ve shown you where the hotspots are and also some of the hidden gems in New Zealand, are you ready for the non-stop adventure to these picturesque places? 

Just make sure that you check the weather at some of these places before you go, and always make sure to visit these places as early as possible to get the best Instagram pictures!

If you need some help with your photo captions, I have some ideas that may help to bring your posts to the next level!

I hope you will have an amazing time going to these amazing locations! Let me know in the comments below what you think of it and maybe share some of your favorite spots as well. We can’t wait to hear from you! 

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