Top 10 Instagram Spots for 2017

Instagram has revealed its list of 2017's most 'grammed places in New Zealand', and there are some seriously swoon-worthy locations. Check them out.

Lake Pukaki, Christchurch-Canterbury

Famously known as the surrounding setting for ‘Lake-town’ in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’, Lake Pukaki is like a shimmering blue jewel within a grand alpine setting. You have to stop, look and capture.

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

Shaped like a lightning bolt and as blue as it looks in the pictures, Lake Wakatipu is an ideal spot to capture the beauty of this region. It streteches from Glenorchy to Queenstown (it's big!) and there are plenty of options for you to get epic shots.

Takapuna Beach, Auckland

A vibrant beachside with city rythm, Takapuna is one of Auckland's most popular North Shore beaches. A short drive from the CBD over the Harbour Bridge gets you to this relaxed beach with views out to Rangitoto and the Waitemata Harbour. 

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

If you want to climb Mount Doom, do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. This stunning day walk, one of the world's best, features lava flows, an active crater, steam vents, emerald-coloured lakes and magnificent views... every dramatic ingredient you cuold wish for in a frame.

Lake Wanaka, Central Otago

Left behind by a glacier from the last Ice Age, this charming lake sits next to the quaint town of Wanaka. Lounge on its gravel beach and enjoy the views of a lone tree (#ThatWanakaTree) on the serene lake surrounded by craggy mountains.

Aoraki Mount Cook, Christchurch-Canterbury

Poised in the middle of unbelievably blue lakes and the rugged Mackenzie landscape, Aoraki Mount Cook is a striking and iconic peak. New Zealand's highest mountain, it stands above and beyond the surrounding Southern Alps. Enjoy walks, star-studded skies and glaciers in the surrounding Aoraki Mount Cook National Park

Mount Maunganui, Tauranga

This seaside town is just as perfect from the top of 'The Mount" (Mauao / Mount Maunganui) as it is from the white sandy beaches. Definitely some of the best surfing beaches this side of the island.

Lake Tekapo, Christchurch-Canterbury

Looking across Lake Tekapo towards the towering Aoraki Mount Cook you can’t help but be in awe. The glass-like lake and towering Southern Alps are an Instagrammer’s dream, picturesque by day and dazzling by night.

Hobbiton Movie Set, Matamata

A Mecca for film fans who travel from far and wide, the Hobbiton Movie Set sits within the gentle rolling hills of Matamata - just three hours from Auckland. Besides hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn and the Party Tree make Hobbiton a truly deserving runner-up.

Milford Sound, Fiordland

There are some sights that take your breath away. Milford Sound is one of them. Carved by glaciers during the Ice Ages, the fiord's cliffs rise vertically from dark waters and are a stunning sight in any weather and any time of the day. 

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