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Insta-worthy places to visit in New Zealand

Hoping to increase your following during your working holiday? Home to mind-blowing filmset scenery – from dramatic glaciers and snow-covered peaks to gentle rolling vineyards and golden surf beaches - New Zealand is the place to post. No filters required, here are the most Instagrammable spots according to Liv - our Work Abroad Operations Coordinator and resident Kiwi.

Lake Wanaka

New Zealand winter season is not complete without a classic Lake Wanaka shot on your ‘gram. With the snowy mountains in the background and rust-coloured autumn trees surrounding the still blue lake in the foreground, this is the scenic photo to roll in the likes.

Waiheke Island

The place to be seen for Aucklanders, Waiheke Island is one for your spring/summer look. Home to patchwork green fields, golden beaches and bouji vinyeards, dress up and get those candid shots with your closest friends and a couple of lifestyle glasses of Pinot.

Tongariro National Park

Great for fitness, health and adventure shots, these amazing contrasting landscapes are best captured during a day hike of Tongariro Crossing. Expect emerald colour lakes, alpine meadows, hot springs and some of the largest volcanoes in the North Island.

Skyline Queenstown

This one requires a gondola to climb the 450 metres above Queenstown, but the reward for your followers are 220-degree panoramic views. Best seen at sunset, it’s the money shot – with the red-tinged snow-covered mountains of Coronet Peak and The Remarkables in the distance and the pine-fringed shores of Lake Wakatipu and twinkling lights of Queenstown in the foreground.

Matapouri Mermaid Pools

If this spot features on your blog during the New Zealand summer, then you’re clearly doing your summer right. The Mermaid Pools feature a classic beach photo look with rocks, water and trees in the background; however, typically during low tide, the Mermaid Pools form one large rock pool to swim in.

Milford Sound

The giant carved landscapes of Milford Sound are hands-down one of the most spectacular places in the world. At any time of year, expect changeable scenery – with moody mist-swirled mountains, towering waterfalls and silent reflective waters.

Cathedral Cove

One of the most picturesque locations in The Coromandel, the empty golden sands and geological rock formations of Cathedral Cove are a must-taken summer shot. The beach itself is only accessible by foot, boat and kayak - making this location a great day trip adventure.


Inspired to do a working holiday in New Zealand? Our Work New Zealand support program takes the stress out of applying for your visa, finding a job and getting set up with everything you need when you arrive – including your New Zealand bank account, IRD (tax) number, hostel nights and new mates to share it all with. Find out more or speak to the team

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