Top 10 Instagram spots for 2016

Wondering where to go to snap the best shots? Instagram have made it easy - here's their top 10 list of the best photo spots throughout the country.

10. Lake Wanaka, Otago

Nestled amongst the Southern Alps, Lake Wanaka is perfect for hiking and wine tasting in summer, and skiing or snowboarding in winter. There are so many options for an epic shot - this photo was taken atop Roy's Peak, perched high above the town. Photo by @kevin_al_paso.

Roy's Peak, Wanaka

By @kevin_el_paso

The magnificent Roy's Peak

9. Franz Josef Glacier, South Island

Tumbling from high in the Southern Alps to the rainforests of the West Coast, the Franz Josef Glacier looks like an ancient river of ice. It's an easy walk to the terminal face, or choose to take a guided hike on the glacier itself for a photo extra-worthy of your Instagram feed. Photo by @lillianrichards.

West Coast
Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast

By @lillianrichards

Franz Josef Glacier

8. Mount Maunganui Beach, Tauranga 

A favourite kiwi summer holiday spot, Mount Maunganui is famous for its surf breaks, golden sands, and lively café scene. This shot was taken atop Maouo, the distinctive peak that rises up at the very end of the beach. Photo by @skitnz.

Bay of Plenty
Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty

By @skitnz

Mount Maunganui

7. Abel Tasman National Park, South Island

Picture a place with sheltered golden beaches, rocky headlands, lush forests and wildlife galore and you’ve got Abel Tasman National Park. Explore by kayak or on foot – but make sure you leave plenty of time to cool off in the crystal-clear water. Photo by @sarahjamola.

Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson

By @sarahjamola

Abel Tasman National Park

6. Hobbiton Movie Set, Matamata

There’s something pretty magical about gazing out across hobbit holes to rolling green countryside from inside Bag-End. Hobbiton Movie Set brings Middle‑earth to life, complete with bluebell flowers, the Party Tree and the Green Dragon Inn. Photo by @shaun_jeffers. See Hobbiton with awesome 360-degree images here.

Hamilton - Waikato
Hobbiton Movie Set, Hamilton - Waikato

By @shaun_jeffers

Hobbiton Movie Set

5. Milford Sound, Fiordland

Once described as the ‘eighth wonder of the natural world’, Milford Sound is unforgettable – picture soaring, sheer cliffs; untouched forest and inky-blue water. If you visit when it’s raining, consider yourself lucky – you’ll get to see hundreds of waterfalls. Photo by @rachstewartnz.

Milford Sound, Fiordland

By @rachstewartnz

Milford Sound

4. Sky Tower, Auckland 

The Sky Tower is a great way to get a feel for Auckland. From 328 metres up in the air, you’ll spot volcanoes, islands, beaches and landmarks galore. Photo thanks to @lifeinfocus_davidcoad.

The Sky Tower, Auckland

By @lifeinfocus_davidcoad

The Sky Tower

3. Takapuna Beach, Auckland 

Across the Harbour Bridge on Auckland’s North Shore lies popular Takapuna Beach, a hub for lovers of all things sun and sea. There are plenty of relaxed, delicious cafes on the street back from the beach – sandy toes welcome. Photo by

Takapuna Beach, Auckland


Takapuna Beach

2. Queen Street, Auckland

Queen Street is a melting pot of culture, cuisine, heritage and colourful shopping. Spend an afternoon meandering towards the waterfront before enjoying a sunset dinner overlooking the harbour in the Viaduct. Photo by @lifeinfocus_davidcoad.

Queen Street, Auckland

By @lifeinfocus_davidcoad

Queen Street

1. Lake Tekapo, Christchurch-Canterbury

The water in Lake Tekapo comes from the glaciers of the Southern Alps, which gives it a bright, turquoise hue. Deep in the heart of the South Island, this lake is surrounded by golden tussock and soaring mountains. The otherworldy colours make it a top spot for photography. Photo by @terence.huang.

Christchurch - Canterbury
Lake Tekapo, Christchurch - Canterbury

By @terence.huang

Lake Tekapo

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