5 Best Places to Photograph in NZ

We sometimes take it for granted, and we sometimes forget - but New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, ripe with photographic opportunities.  Why? Almost every direction you turn, every road you drive down, and every new destination you visit, you’re greeted with a stunning vista, a snow capped mountain, a rugged beach, or vast expanses of green rolling hills.

We thought we would share our 5 favorite spots from around the land of the long white cloud.  If you think there are better ones, please share them with us on Facebook .


Malborough Sounds

The sea-drowned valleys in the north of the South Island offers no shortage of dramatic moments that are spectacular enough to make the Phantom of the Opera pale in comparison.  

Geothermal Rotorua

It's like something from another planet! The sulfurous land of Rotorua is a spitting landscape of bubbling pools and steamy forests.  Photo from Tourism NZ.

Moereki Boulders

As if Rotorua wasn't out of this world enough - New Zealand also boasts one of the strangest sights ever, the moereki boulders.  Like prehistoric eggs from another era, the boulders shouldering along the ocean provide a stunning photo opportunity in the right light.  Photo taken by Davide Simiele won finalist in National Geographic Traveler Contest

Milford Sound

The fiord of a thousand waterfalls.  Perhaps the only place on the planet to visit where you actually want it to rain so to witness it in all its glory.  It's hard not to fall in love with a place like this! Photo taken by Karen Hutton.

Hobbiton New Zealand

The Lord of the Rings put us on the map, so it's only fair to pay tribute to the little town of Matamata.  To be fair, the farm valley that is home to the actual set of the Hobbit movie is a truly spectacular sight to behold.  It's said that one tourist even went so far as to taking over 3,000 photos in one visit!

Photo taken by @babzoski on an X-T1