When I am picking countries to travel; I used to push away countries closer to Australia because you always want to travel further away from our own country right? So, neighboring countries like New Zealand, Indonesia-Bali, Fiji, PNG were on the bottom of my list. Until one day my brother told me he was traveling to New Zealand for his work conference! It had been a while I had seen him and his Mrs. So, it was a perfect timing for our little family trip and solo travel for me afterward.

For those of you, who don’t know New Zealand (NZ) is country next to Australia where they filmed famous Lord of the rings and many others films. It is beautiful with the stunning landscape! Something worth mentioning is CAR is the cheapest option if you want to see most of NZ as it is made of North and South Island. Assuming you are sorted for transportation, let’s begin our best Instagram spots aka best things to see on North Island. Here we go!

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1. Auckland Sky Tower

I flew into Auckland all excited for my adventure but it decided to welcome me to grey sky and nonstop rain! But things like that don’t bother me anymore; so I got ready, set and explore! At first, I wasn’t overly impressed with the city as it looked just like other developed cities but I figured Auckland grows into you slowly as you figure things and places out. Above is the iconic Auckland sky tower, an Instagram photo I took while I walked pass Auckland University. Then while I was looking for shelter from rain; found a little Korean and dumplings eat out; good find!

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2. Rangitoto Island

It was still grey sky and rain the next morning. But I decided I wanted to explore less popular Rangitoto Island instead of popular Waiheke island thinking the weather might change later on in the day. Was I right or wrong? Find out in the Instagram post-Rangitoto Lighthouse!

Rangitoto Island is a volcanic island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand. Emerging from the sea just 600 years ago, pest-free it is the youngest volcano in New Zealand! You can buy the ferry tickets in the Pier. Roundtrip ferry was $33 NZD from Auckland city.

While the view from Summit was nothing but foggy;☁ on my way back I stumbled upon above fall beauty 🍁
Oh, and I accidentally ended up on the wrong trail which meant 8-9 km of the coastal walk to get back to ferry wharf! O well, exercise never hurt anybody right 🙂

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3. Mount Maunganui

The third day I went from Auckland to Rotorua where I was meeting my sibling. Then we all drove around in his brand new hired car!  Out of my first day there, this is my personal favorite spot! You can do many activities here ie: surfing, hiking, trying out all the flavors of ice creams in many ice cream shops, picnic and more. Instagram post here.

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4. Redwood Memorial Grove Track

Then we went to Redwood Memorial Grove Track. I must add this is a family-friendly place as well and there are a couple of beautiful walks around here. For example Waitawa Walk or Quarry Lookout Track. There is also a Quarry Basin Picnic area 5 minutes from the redwood track. So much green and serene!

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5. Blue and Green Lake

We found these gems in the middle of nowhere and glad made a stop! They are located in the same place so, definitely worth the stop! On a side note, I had never been to any place so green like NZ! I was literally in love with the colors and landscape of NZ. It was green everywhere, love how it was easy on the eyes as well! Definitely on the list for Insta post.

 

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6. Okere Waterfalls

 I have seen many waterfalls around the world but these were unique on their own. With all those colorful trees and falls coming out from the middle, this place was beaming! Such a happy place. FYI, Okere Falls is a small town located 21 km from Rotorua on SH 33 between Rotorua and Tauranga on the North Island of New Zealand. Can you find these post here?

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7. Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Before we got there I was thinking, this is going to be a waste of money, this is a tourist trap. But I was pleasantly surprised with the tour and the story behind this farm and the lord of the ring film.

And here’s the little confession my tribe”I rarely watch TV Series or movies! So, Thanks to my brother who told me the storyline before we got there!

I felt lucky to experience a slice of the lord of the rings here! You can laugh at funny captions in my Instagram for these pictures.

8. Glow Worms

Pictures and videos aren’t allowed inside but I put it on this list because I wish for you to visit this place! I avoid tourist traps as much as I can but the Hobbiton and Glow Worms were special! As a world traveler, I can tell you it won’t disappoint you. It was out of the world experience inside the cave watching those glow worms in dark and quietness.

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9. Geothermal Wonders

Best geothermal wonders in the Taupo and Rotorua regions are The Wai-O-Tapu, Hell’s Gate (Tikitere), Craters of the Moon, Whakarewarewa and Waimangu (Blackwater) I was impressed and amazed by Rotorua’s geothermal features including spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and colorful sinter terraces. If it’s not on Instagram did you really went?

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10. Huka Falls

The Huka Falls are a set of waterfalls on the Waikato River that drains Lake Taupo in New Zealand. At Huka Falls you can witness the phenomenon of natural hydropower – more than 220, 000 liters of water per second💧 After I read this, I had to go see for myself and check if it’s Instagram worthy or not!

 

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11. Kerosene Creek

I was thinking to visit paid hot tub on South Island. But universe had another plan 🙂 While driving back from Glowworms cave, my brother surprised us with this hidden gem! Natural hot springs all to ourselves! You can’t see steam coming out of this stream but it was hot springs in middle of nowhere! Great find👌 and yes I’ll pass on that 1 hr hot pool session for this awesome nature made hot springs anyday. Happiness is simple when you find Instagram worthy place!

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12. Mount Doom

Did you know Mount Doom is a fictional volcano in Lord of the rings and it’s real name is Mount Ruapehu? Frodo: I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.  (Find Instagram worthy places;)
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Ring. 🐝

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Over to You:

 

👉 Can you add any other places to this list of ‘Best Instagram spots in North Island of New Zealand’?

👉 Would you like to visit North Island of New Zealand?

👉 Which places have you popped on your traveling in North Island list?

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Anna xx

World traveler, photographer, writer, outdoor enthusiast, & social media fanatic! Anna enjoys the minimalist lifestyle, travels only with 10-kilo backpack and a smile on her face. Creativity, inspiration, and travel are what lights her fire. When not geeking out over travel, you will likely find her geeking out over photography, writing, hiking or pretending to sing!

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  • November 18, 2017 at 8:57 pm
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    Girl, this place looks so magical. I love the nature, the green everywhere and hot springs in nature are the best ever. I have only been to one yet, in Costa Rica but I hope I’ll be able to go to anotehr one soon. I am so happy you went there and explored all these places. Looks like a really successful roadtrip.

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  • November 18, 2017 at 10:24 pm
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    It looks a really interesting and diverse landscape, love the geothermal areas. Hopefully we will get chance to visit within the next couple of years.

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  • November 18, 2017 at 11:27 pm
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    New Zealand is so far away from the USA, but it is a dream destination for me. I like your photos that show those very tall trees and forests. So inviting to go for a long walk and get lost in nature and forget about the urban lifestyle for a while. So good for one’s mental and physical health!

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  • November 19, 2017 at 12:38 am
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    I hear you! It’s always the more exotic places that attract us. Funnily enough being from Europe NZ is that type of place lol. I travelled in 2011 through the NOrth and South Island. But I only had 3 weeks in total (waaay too little time!) and I didn’t get to see all of your spots. But I remember the Glow Worms 😀 Definitely a country I want to go back one day (and then with your list at hand!). Thanks for sharing.

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  • November 19, 2017 at 2:13 am
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    There are so many instagram worthy places in New Zealand. Rotorua is awesome but Hobbiton was not there when I visited and would love to go back and visit. great pictures

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  • November 19, 2017 at 3:08 am
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    New Zealand is beautiful! I would love to visit sometime.

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  • November 19, 2017 at 3:30 am
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    I think the entire strip of the North Island of New Zealand is uber gorgeous!! However, I would really like to explore Rangitoto Island since I like less touristy places. You’ve got a lovely gallery there. Cheers!!

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  • November 19, 2017 at 11:01 am
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    I would love to see the waterfalls. They look amazing!! Lots of great nature views.

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  • November 19, 2017 at 12:12 pm
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    What a beautiful place. New Zealand is on our bucket list and we can’t wait to visit this beautiful country in the near future!

    xo,
    Mama in Heels

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  • November 19, 2017 at 8:14 pm
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    Everyone who goes to New Zealand comes back with the most wonderful photographs and your post is no exception. The scenery of North Island looks so beautiful, a real nature-lovers paradise. And of course, you can go to Hobbiton, I’d have to do that, I loved the books as a teenager many moons ago and I loved the films too.

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  • November 19, 2017 at 10:20 pm
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    Thanks for showing me this Instagram worthy places! They are so picturesque. Hope I can see them one day.

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  • November 19, 2017 at 11:08 pm
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    It’s so lovely to see such beautiful pics of my homeland! Your adventures certainly covered many of places I have fond childhood holiday memories of! Particularly the Craters of the Moon geothermal activity near Rotorua, and Huka Falls! I’ve never been to Redwood Memorial Grove Track, which is silly, since I grew up in NZ, but it’s something to add to my list for when we’re back visiting family!

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  • November 20, 2017 at 2:52 am
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    These are such a beautiful place to visit. The Mount Maunganui and GeotGeothermal Wondershermal Wonders are the best place I have ever seen, and perfect Instagram place to take pictures. The peaceful and beautiful scenery of those places are so fulfilling. I really love it.

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  • November 20, 2017 at 8:17 am
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    New Zealand is an amazing country! Would love to visit there again!

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  • November 20, 2017 at 1:48 pm
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    New Zealand is at the top of my travel bucket list, and these photos are definitely making me want to head there right now! I hope to one day take photos in every single place you showed here. I will post them on Instagram, for sure!

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  • November 20, 2017 at 4:45 pm
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    Some very instagrammable places here indeed! I’m most looking forward to visiting the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, and the glow worms. So much nature in NZ though, one of our favorite spots is Piha, a little bit north of Auckland – the beautiful black sand beaches there make for surreal and dramatic photos 🙂

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  • November 20, 2017 at 4:51 pm
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    Wow! This is such an amazing place.. looks like a dreamland from some fairytale. It reminds me of all the magical stories I’ve read. Love your awesome pictures. Saved this place to my travel bucket list. Hope to visit soon! Thanks for sharing this splendid experience. 🙂

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  • November 20, 2017 at 7:30 pm
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    Haven’t been to New Zealand but from what I see here and elsewhere it’s gorgeous!

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  • November 20, 2017 at 8:37 pm
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    I love the fact there is more outdoors stuff to do in NZ than in the actual cities. So cant wait to get down there and explore the scenery. Love this post and the photos are fantastic.

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  • November 21, 2017 at 12:47 am
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    Fantastic photos! I love Mount Maunganui. Did you make it down to Wellington and the Wairarapa. I am from the Wairarapa originally and it’s such a beautiful part of the country.

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  • November 21, 2017 at 1:27 am
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    All the natural spots mentioned will be on my list! Thanks for the photo trip! 🙂

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  • November 21, 2017 at 2:30 am
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    This is so beautiful, Anna! New Zealand is definitely on my bucket list, but seeing the photos you posted just moved it up the list. My favorite is Hobbitton – if they had those in regular human size, I might even stay in it 😀 Safe travels!

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  • November 21, 2017 at 2:35 am
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    Your photos at the Hobbiton Movie Set and Mt. Doom are my favorites and making me SERIOUSLY want to visit! I’m a big Lord of the Rings fan and have wanted to see these spots for the longest time.

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  • November 21, 2017 at 4:01 am
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    You’re shots are awesome and your tips are great for the traveler looking for the perfect photo shooting locations! Rangitoto Island photo really makes me happy and I want to visit that place sometime!

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  • November 21, 2017 at 11:20 am
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    These are all amazing places in New Zealand. It would be amazing to go on Hobbiton Movie Set Tour. New Zealand is a place I have always heard was just beautiful and these pictures make it look gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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  • November 21, 2017 at 11:46 am
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    I love all your photographs! New Zealand is on our list in the next few years, I will definitely keep this list of must see places. Thank you for Sharing!

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  • November 21, 2017 at 2:08 pm
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    I must agree and probably most people do too, that New Zealand is one of the most picturesque countries in the world. We went on a road trip from Auckland to Wellington over 4 days, stopping at small towns for the night. Even after almost 20 years I get nostalgic at the mere mention of New Zealand.

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  • November 21, 2017 at 8:06 pm
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    I’m a keen photographer and often base trips around where I’ll be able to take a great photo so I love posts like this. Particularly taken with the beauty of Rangitoto Island – love the colours, they’d definitely fit nicely into a Fall instagram theme! I can’t wait to finally visit NZ as it looks beautiful.

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  • November 21, 2017 at 9:16 pm
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    These pictures look UNREAL!!! You have inspired me to plan our next trip to New Zealand. I want to see everything in person!

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  • November 22, 2017 at 3:42 am
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    It looks amazing! Pictures look like they came from a gallery. You should also make a post with more unknown places or else everybody will have the same pictures after reading this great post.

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  • November 22, 2017 at 6:01 am
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    New Zealand is our dream destination and now I am taken away by your pictures. I really can’t say which will be our favourite spot beacuse we will love every bit of all these destinations. Thanks for sharing.

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  • November 22, 2017 at 4:27 pm
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    This came at a perfect time for me! My husband and I are spending 2 weeks on the North Island of NZ in January! I cannot wait! I didn’t even realize that there were Redwoods! I hope my IG account is ready to explode with some of these awesome places!

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  • November 23, 2017 at 4:15 am
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    Your post title is definitely on point! It’s an absolute delight to read your descriptions along the with hose stunning pictures! Challenge accepted! Now i need to head over theee and try to beat your pics! 😉

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  • December 5, 2017 at 3:30 am
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    These are simply awesome photos! I loved the hobbit hole and all that lovely water 🙂

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