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The 10 most Instagrammed places in NZ


There’s no getting away from it. No matter where you go in New Zealand, people are out with their phones, cameras, tablets – anything that will take that perfect shot and deliver you the most likes, shares, comments and double taps! Instagram has changed the way we see the world. For those who are not able to travel, Instagram has opened up a whole new world of visual experiences. Everyone has a different take on the world and seeing some of the most popular destinations around the world through the eyes of thousands of different people creates a visual experience like no other.

New Zealand is right up there when it comes to the sheer number of Instagram images but the big question is ‘where are the most Instagrammed locations in New Zealand?’ Well, you might be surprised by some of the additions to the top ten but there are some absolutely stunning locations featured.

Without further ado, here we go with the top ten most Instagrammed locations in New Zealand:

1.      Lake Tekapo

Despite its tiny population, Lake Tekapo came out number one in the most Instagrammed locations in New Zealand. Whether it’s photos of the stunning turquoise waters, the bright and vibrant lupins or the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd, there’s certainly plenty to keep the camera hungry occupied. This is one of our favourite Lake Tekapo images of 2017:

2.      Queen Street, Auckland

With so many stunning locations to choose from, Queen Street is perhaps an unusual place to come in at number two on the list, however when you start to look at the amazing diversity of photos taken on the iconic Auckland City street, you start to realise that there is more to Queen Street than meets the eye. Check out this beauty:

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3.      Takapuna Beach, Auckland

Another interesting addition to the top ten is Takapuna Beach. New Zealand is not short on stunning beaches and whilst Takapuna certainly has a lot to offer with stunning views across to Rangitoto and beyond, you perhaps expect the likes of Piha, Tunnel Beach in Dunedin or Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel to feature. Then you see photos like this one and realise why:

4.      Sky Tower, Auckland

There are few more iconic places in New Zealand than the Auckland Sky Tower. Dominating the Auckland skyline, it’s symbolic not only with Auckland but with New Zealand as a whole. Photographed from so many angles from top to bottom, near and far, it’s easy to see why the Sky Tower comes in at number four on the list:

5.      Milford Sound, Fiordland

One of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations is also one of the most Instagrammed. Whether it rains or shines, Milford Sound always provides a spectacular backdrop for some pretty amazing Instagram photos. We love this one from @Helloemillie:

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We also love this post from @thekiwifrog:

6.      Hobbiton Movie Set, Matamata

Ahh Hobbiton. If you’ve never paid a visit to this amazing place, add it to your list. There are some pretty amazing photos from the set of one of the world’s most famous movie franchises set right here in New Zealand but there is nothing like being there yourself. This is what you can expect:

7.      Abel Tasman National Park, South Island

One of the most picturesque locations in New Zealand is the Abel Tasman National Park. Located at the northern tip of the South Island, this place is truly awe-inspiring. From the golden sandy beaches to the crystal clear waters – here’s a photo that captures things perfectly:

8.      Mt Maunganui, Tauranga

The Mount. What a stunner of a place this is. If we have one tip if you’re down this way, make sure you take the hike to the top of Mount Maunganui. Sunrise is the perfect time to take the trip to the summit but anytime is a great time. Here is a cracker of a picture:

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9.      Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast

One of our favourite places to travel is Franz Josef. Located on the wild West Coast, Franz Josef is brimming with things to do and photos to be taken. Whether it’s up on the glacier or even higher on a skydive, there is so much going on that it’s no wonder this is one of New Zealand’s most popular Instagram spots:

10.      Lake Wanaka, Otago

The final destination making into the top ten of most Instagrammed destinations is Wanaka. From that famous tree to the view from above at the top of Roy’s Peak, there is no doubt that Wanaka more than earns its place in the top ten. Check out this absolutely cracker from Roy’s Peak:

So there you have it, New Zealand’s most Instagrammed destinations! SOme absolute crackers in there we’re sure you will agree. Where do you take most of your Instagram shots in New Zealand? We’d love to find out? Tag us on Instagram #GOExploreNZ or drop us a comment below.

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