Top 10 Instagram spots for 2015

Instagram have narrowed it down and made a list of the top 10 spots to get a great shot for your Instagram feed. Here are the most popular spots from 2015.

Waiheke Island

Whether it is snapping a shot looking back to the mainland, a platter and a wine at Stonyridge Vineyard or landing in a bay on an Auckland Seaplane, Waiheke Island provides more than a few options when it comes to getting that memorable shot. Photo by @benhenindigo.

Waiheke Island, Auckland

By @benhenindigo

Photo by @benhenindigo on Instagram

Mount Maunganui

Mount Maunganui – with its internationally recognised surf breaks, warm ocean waters and white sand beaches - has long been a favourite Kiwi beach holiday destination. Photo by @infarawayland.

Bay of Plenty
Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty

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Photo by @infarawayland on Instagram

Hobbiton Movie Set, Matamata

The 12-acre location sits within gentle rolling hills on a quiet country road near the farming town of Matamata. Hobbit holes aplenty, the Green Dragon Inn and the Party Tree make Hobbiton Movie Set truly deserving of the third place spot on the list. Photo by @shaun_jeffers for @hobbitontours. You can also see Hobbiton with 360-degree images here.

Hamilton - Waikato
Hobbiton Movie Set, Hamilton - Waikato

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Photo by @shaun_jeffers for @HobbitonTours on Instagram

Auckland Skytower

With 360-degree views of Auckland, from the twin Waitemata and Manukau harbours across to the Waitakere Ranges in the west, there’s no surprise the Auckland Skytower made the top 10 list. Photo by @rosspichler.

Skytower, Auckland

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Photo by @rosspichler on Instagram

Takapuna Beach

Only a 15-minute drive from downtown Auckland, Takapuna Beach is a great place to cool off in under the summer sun. With the Takapuna shops just a stone’s throw away, taking a stroll along the beach with an ice cream always makes for a great photo op. Photo by @fotojorno.

Takapuna beach, Auckland

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Photo by @fotojourno on Instagram

Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo is a photographer’s dream. The beautiful turquoise lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks including Mt John, home of the Mt John Observatory and a grandstand view of the night sky in a world renowned dark sky reserve. Photo by

Christchurch - Canterbury
Lake Tekapo, Christchurch - Canterbury


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Piha Beach

Piha is a dramatic black sand beach just a 45-minute drive from downtown Auckland. Majestic Lion Rock stands guard over the wild coastline and its renowned surf break – a photo opportunity that can’t be missed which is why it sits at number seven on New Zealand’s top Instagram spots list. Photo by @fumiyasutomi.

Piha beach, Auckland

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Photo by @fumiyasutomi on Instagram


  • Looking across Lake Wanaka toward the Southern Alps you can’t help but be in awe. The famous tree known as ‘That Wanaka Tree’ has been shared on social media so often that it has its very own hashtag (#ThatWanakaTree) which could give a hint as to why the Wanaka lakefront comes in at number eight. Photo by @lakewanakanz.

Lake Wanaka, Wanaka

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Photo by @lakewanakanz on Instagram

Te Papa Tongarewa

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, ninth on the list, is a must do for any visitor to Wellington. Showcasing a bicultural experience across five areas - art, history, Pacific, Māori and natural environment, Te Papa is a special place that delivers an unforgettable experience for all visitor ages. Photo by @courtney_travels.

Te Papa museum, Wellington

By @courtney_travels

Photo by @courtney_travels on Instagram

Skyline Queenstown

Skyline Queenstown completes the top 10 most geo-tagged spots in New Zealand on Instagram. The view over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu from the top of the gondola is outstanding – and one of the most accessible in the land. It's easy to understand why this spot makes it to the list. Photo by @skylinequeenstown.

Queenstown, Queenstown

By @skylinequeenstown

Photo by @skylinequeenstown on Instagram

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