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The Top 10 Most Jaw Dropping Photo Locations in New Zealand

New Zealand is nothing less than picturesque - with its stunning landscapes, crystal lakes and rugged mountain scenery, there really is nowhere better to snap the perfect travel pics. Half the fun of travelling is taking hundreds of photos to show friends and family the amazing places we’ve visited!

If your Instagram is lacking, or you’re looking for inspiration for your next holiday, check out these 10 jaw dropping photo locations in New Zealand:

1. Milford Sound

New Zealand’s most breathtaking natural attraction, located deep within the Fiordland National Park in the South Island.

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2. Bay of Islands

The beautiful Bay of Islands are made up of 144 islands, most of which are uninhabited nature sanctuaries. The Islands are perfect to explore with sea kayaks, so have your GoPro ready to capture all the stunning scenery!

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3. Lake Pukaki, Canterbury

What could be more picture perfect than a crystal blue lake surrounded by a landscape of high mountain peaks? Lake Pukaki was chosen by Sir Peter Jackson as the setting for ‘Lake-town’ in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and it’s clear to see why!

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4. Kaikoura Whale Watching

Located in the South Island, Kaikoura is renowned for its marine encounters and in particular whale watching. Have that camera ready to snap a photo of these magnificent creatures of the sea!

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5. Lake Wanaka

As the snow falls in winter, Lake Wanaka transforms into a photographer’s dream. Snow capped mountain peaks and spectacular views across the icy lake means you’ll have no trouble getting that perfect photo for Insta!

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6. Rotorua

The geothermal fields at Rotorua are made up of geysers, hot springs and mud pools. Get your timing right to capture that perfect action shot of the geyser erupting!

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7. Tongariro

The Tongariro Crossing was the setting for Mordor in The Lord of the Rings and there’s no questioning why! Its barren volcanic landscape is dotted with bright blue lakes and lava formations.

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8. Lake Taupo

Situated in the North Island, Lake Taupo is the largest freshwater lake in New Zealand. It’s also a must visit for all you adrenaline junkies, as skydiving is popular in Taupo and the scenery surrounding the lake makes for a beautiful backdrop for those action shots!

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9. Coromandel Peninsula

Famous for its beaches and mountain biking trails, the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula is abundant with photo opportunities.

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10. Abel Tasman National Park

You’ll need a full day to explore New Zealand’s finest coastal National Park. Discover its protected natural beaches by kayak and have your camera ready in case you bump into any of the local fur seal colonies!

Check out our tours to get you to these wonderful spots in New Zealand. We have accommodation all inclusive trips and hop on hop off bus tours. Something for everyone to have an amazing adventure in New Zealand .