Everyone wants to show their friends and the world what an amazing time they’re having on holiday, right? Well what better way to do that than an Instagram upload.

Here are the top 10 Instagram worthy sites of New Zealand’s North and South islands, these sites are so beautiful you’ll definitely be using #nofilter.

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Queenstown

Queenstown is part of New Zealand’s South Island. Here you get the best of both worlds, the city life right in the middle of a beautiful bay. Taking the gondola up to the Skyline will give you amazing views. The contrast between the snow capped mountains and blue water, with the view of the city – what more could you want in a picture?

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Abel Tasman National Park

Be sure to grab your waterproof camera for this location. The winter here is just as beautiful as the summer months, with swimming and kayaking a year-round activity. You don’t want to miss any opportunities to snap the bright blue waters, and golden sandy coastline - not to mention the friendly wildlife that may pay you a visit!

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Doubtful Sound

Located South West of the South Island, Doubtful Sound is home to waterfalls, mountains, tranquil waters and unforgettable scenes. You can take a cruise through the waters, or kayak for a more adventurous experience if the weather permits.

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Punakaiki

You really couldn’t ask for more photographic sites in one location. Punakaiki is located on the West Coast of the South Island, and is home to the famous limestone Pancake Rocks, and blowholes. Punakaiki has the best of both worlds with tropical vibes and rural landscapes all in one.

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Waitomo Caves

There’s something unique about the Waitomo Caves… glow worms! As you travel through these remote caves by boat you will see thousands of these little creatures light up the roof and provide you with one of New Zealand’s most popular natural attractions.

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Bay of Islands

The North Island is home to over 140 islands; with crystal blue waters and beautiful flora and fauna, these islands should definitely be on your list. You can swim, kayak or scuba in most of the bays with friendly wildlife by your side. Dolphins are most commonly seen here, but in the migrating months whale watching tours are on offer. Who doesn’t want a dolphin selfie for their new profile pic?

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Kaikoura

The coastal views at sunset are definitely one to remember in Kaikoura – and views you won’t forget because your pictures will be just as breathtaking. Snow capped mountains in winter and bright blue calm water in summer, this town is Instagram-able all year round. Kaikoura lies on east side of the South Island, with a rugged coastline and pebbled beach it’s bound to be one of your most memorable locations.

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park boasts volcanoes, craters, and turquoise pools that you’ll want to see to believe. The Tongariro Alpine crossing is one of the world’s most beautiful and may be one for the more adventurous, but the views make the trek worth every step. The trek around the national park is quite far (19.4 km) but easier walks are optional with stunning views.

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Hanmer Springs

A perfect way to end the day is relaxing in the thermal pools of Hanmer Springs.  Surrounded by forest and mountains, Hanmer Springs is beautiful in it’s own right, but viewing these stunning scenes from the comfort of a thermal pool makes it all that more relaxing. Looking back on these photos is guaranteed to make you want to go back again!

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Lake Taupo

In the middle of the North Island, Lake Taupo is a hot spot for photos and adventure. Huka Falls is one of the biggest attractions with 220,000 litres passing through every second. If you’ve ever thought about skydiving now is your change, what better way to see a waterfall than from above? The Maori rock carvings on the lake make for a great photo and have been described as one of New Zealand’s biggest attractions – why don’t you see for yourself.

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Lake Taupo

In the middle of the North Island, Lake Taupo is a hot spot for photos and adventure. Huka Falls is one of the biggest attractions with 220,000 litres passing through every second. If you’ve ever thought about skydiving now is your change, what better way to see a waterfall than from above? The Maori rock carvings on the lake make for a great photo and have been described as one of New Zealand’s biggest attractions – why don’t you see for yourself.

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and offers something for everyone, so go forth and explore, capture memories, and start your adventure here.

Written by Kelsie Cousins

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