Everyone who has the chance to travel through New Zealand knows that it’s an amazingly stunning country with breathtaking views, marvellous sceneries, and incredible flora and fauna. It’s a haven for outdoor fans and nature lovers. Therefore, you surely want to share your amazing pictures from your New Zealand travels with your friends and family via social media and make them green with envy that they’re missing out on your epic trip.
Here’s our list of the 13 most instagrammable places in New Zealand. How many will you tick off the list with your Mighty campervan?
Hobbiton in Matamata is not only one of the most famous tourist spots in New Zealand but also the most Instagrammed location with over 340k posts online. No matter if you are a Hobbit and Lord of the Rings enthusiast or not, the magic of Hobbiton shouldn’t be missed. Make sure you book the first tour of the day so that you can take the perfect Instagram shot with no one in it.
No holiday in New Zealand is complete without experiencing Milford Sound in the South Island! It’s the second most Instagrammed location in New Zealand with over 300k posts and the iconic Mitre Peak, located on the shore of Milford Sound, is the most-photographed mountain in the Southern Hemisphere. No matter if it rains or shines or what time of year, Milford Sound offers stunning Instagram pictures.
You’ve probably heard of this place before from fellow travellers. Cathedral Cove lies East on the Coromandel Peninsula and attracts thousands of beach enthusiasts yearly. The cove can only be reached by boat, kayak, or foot. In order to get the perfect Gram shot, try to avoid weekends and public holidays as it will get super crowded then.
This tree in Roys Bay in the South of Lake Wanaka gets a lot of attention - it’s even considered one of the most photographed trees in the world! It’s known for standing all alone in glacial water (a unique feat in itself) and at sunrise, sunset, or during autumn people flock to get an iconic shot. Fun fact: the tree even has its own hashtag #thatwanakatree and a Google Maps location as well.
If you’ve never been to this amazing place, add it to your list. Lake Tekapo, located almost in the centre of the South Island, is a real gem especially during the spring months when the lupins are in full bloom. But most fascinating is the colour of the lake, it’s as blue as the sky - it seems unreal! The area is also known for its clear nights with no light pollution, which makes it the ultimate stargazing spot.
Roys Peak is located in the Otago region between Wanaka and Glendhu Bay and it’s an Instagrammer’s dream. Most travellers do a one-day hike through alpine meadows and tussock grassland up to the 1578 metre summit which offers epic views across Lake Wanaka up to Mount Aspiring. It became a quintessential icon for the Wanaka region through social media so make sure you don’t miss out on it. We recommend you leave early to avoid the crowds and long queues for the iconic Roys Peak shot.
When travelling along the Bay of Plenty in the North Island, make sure you stop in Mount Maunganui, nominated as the ‘Best Beach in New Zealand’ by TripAdvisor. It can be seen and snapped best from the 232 meter high Mount, which offers stunning 360-degree views of the entire Bay of Plenty. Anytime is a good time to soak up the incredible view but we suggest you go up there for sunrise or sunset to capture the play of colours in the sky.
The iconic symbol of New Zealand’s biggest city Auckland is a definite Instagram spot when visiting the city. The sky tower is 328 meters tall and has dominated Auckland’s skyline for the last 20 years. It gets photographed from all different angles and perspectives and even so, never seems to lose its charm.
It’s easy to see why the Tongariro National Park is on most New Zealand travellers’ bucket list, just look what a stunning place this is! The Tongariro Alpine Crossing was often named as one of the best day hikes in the world and is known as THE best day hike in New Zealand. On this 19km hike, you have endless photo ops to shoot your epic Instagram pic, but in our opinion, the Emerald Lake offers the best spot.
Hokitika Gorge, South Island
Your friends will probably think you put a filter on that picture or photoshopped the hell out of it cause that water cannot be real - but believe us, the water really is this crystal clear and sparkling blue, #nofilterneeded. We think it has to be seen to be believed. Make sure to go there as early as possible to have the place all to yourself.
The Hump Ridge Track is located in Tuatapere in the south of the Fiordland National Park. It’s a 61km, 3-day loop walk that offers incredible forest, coastal, and mountain views. We think it’s a true gem and should definitely go on every traveller’s New Zealand bucket list. Most importantly, there are plenty of photo ops along the track so you can be certain that you will get a perfect Instagrammable shot.
There are some sights in New Zealand that just take your breath away, and The Highway 80 Mount Cook Road in the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is one of them. It’s often described as one of the most picturesque roads in New Zealand. So make sure you safely pull your Mighty campervan over and take it all in - and don’t forget to post your incredible picture of this place on Instagram and tag us with #mightycampervan.
The beautiful rock formations in Punakaiki are the most visited natural attraction on the West Coast of the South Island. The fun thing about the limestone rocks is that they really do look like pancakes! Our top Instagram tip: go before sunset as it’s the most stunning time to capture the sun reflections on the rocks.
So there you have our 13 most Instagrammable places in New Zealand. All of these destinations are absolutely amazing, right? So make sure you check them out on your travels and tag us on your Instagram posts with #mightycampers. To get your trip to New Zealand rolling check out our latest deals on our Mighty Campers.