The Best Photography in New Zealand

Looking for the best photography in New Zealand? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around New Zealand. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top photography spots in and near New Zealand

  • Kinloch, New Zealand

    Backpack the Routeburn Track

    5.0
    12.5 mi
    If you're looking for the best the Routeburn Track has to offer but only have one night to spend - hike from the Glenorchy side Routeburn Shelter to Lake Mackenzie in 12.5 miles (approx. 3,500 feet of elevation gain) and stay at this stunning hut location before backtracking over Harris Saddle th...
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  • Hahei, New Zealand

    Hike to Cathedral Cove

    4.7
    3.1 mi
    Cathedral Cove is an isolated beach on the Coromandel Peninsula in the small coastal town of Hahei. Being that this is one of the most beautiful places in all of New Zealand, you can expect some crowds. You can take your chances at finding a spot in the small lot, or there is a shuttle option tha...
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  • Glendhu Bay, New Zealand

    Hike Roys Peak Track

    5.0
    6.8 mi / 4127.3 ft gain
    This is a very strenuous uphill hike, with very few level stretches along the way, so make sure you have a good level of fitness, and wear sturdy shoes to avoid blisters, as the way back down will be hard on your knees and feet. The track begins on private land, which is grassy with lots of sheep...
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  • Piha, New Zealand

    Hike to Kitekite Falls

    4.6
    A visit to Auckland's west coast isn't complete until you've had a swim at Kitekite Falls.An easy 40-minute drive from Auckland city, the walk to Kitekite Falls (pronounced key-teh key-teh) is at the end of Glen Esk Road. There's plenty of space to park your car before you meander to the Falls.It...
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  • Ngatira, New Zealand

    Hike to Te Waihou Springs

    3.7
    2.9 mi / 0 ft gain
    There are two different ends to begin the walk. The one I suggest starts at the Leslie Road Carpark, about 20 mins from Matatmata. Though the entire 5 km track is absolutely stunning, the most popular section, being the Blue Springs, is less than a ten min walk from the lot. The Blue Springs pool...
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  • Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

    Climb to Mueller Hut

    5.0
    6.4 mi / 3000 ft gain
    This trek begins in the gateway town of Mount Cook Village, which is a must-visit destination in its own right, and serves as the jumping off point for most Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park ventures. Drive to the White Horse Hill Campground (follow the signs for the Hooker Valley) and park in the ...
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  • Matamata, New Zealand

    Explore Hobbiton

    5.0
    1 mi / 0 ft gain
    The Hobbiton Movie Set is built into the hills of a private farm in Matamata, two hours south of Aukland. You can get your tickets online, in town, or right at the set. Peter Jackson and crew spent many months right here on the farm filming and building the immaculate set for the films.It truly i...
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  • Tauranga, New Zealand

    Hike to the top of Mount Maunganui

    4.7
    2.4 mi / 757.9 ft gain
    Mount Maunganui sits right on the water in the Bay of Plenty. Half the island rests on the open ocean, where the other half rises out of the bay. Driving in to the town, it's impossible not to see this massive piece of land jutting above the flat town and ocean around it.Once you have found parki...
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  • Te Anga, New Zealand

    Explore the Mangapohue Natural Bridge

    4.7
    1 mi / 0 ft gain
    Mangapohue Natural Bridge is about 30 kilometers past the infamous Glow Worm Caves in Waitomo. Continue on Te Anga Rd and you'll run into the beginning of the trail on the right. It's only about a 10 min walk out to the cavern so no need to worry about bringing a day pack.You walk through a tree ...
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  • Piha, New Zealand

    Evening at Piha Beach

    4.6
    The beautiful black sand stretches as far as the eye can see at Piha Beach. Just a short hour drive from nearby Auckland, Piha Beach makes for the perfect evening getaway.Hike to the top of Lion Rock (well almost the top...the last portion of the trail is closed due to loose rock and hazardous co...
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  • Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

    Hike to Hooker Lake

    5.0
    10 mi
    Once in Mount Cook Village follow the signs to the White Horse Hill Campground where you'll find the start of the Hooker Valley Track. Alternatively, you can camp in the campground and begin the hike before sunrise for the best experience. The sign says that the one-way hiking time is 1 hour and ...
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  • Gordon, New Zealand

    Hike to the top of Wairere Falls

    5.0
    6.2 mi / 1312.3 ft gain
    Wairere Falls is located just ten minutes from Matamata. If you're in the area for the Hobbiton tour definitely make sure to take some time to hike the falls as well. Parking is super easy at the base of the hike and there is a restroom if needed before starting the trek. Allow yourself at least ...
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  • Taupo, New Zealand

    Hike to Huka Falls

    5.0
    3.7 mi
    This hike begins in the Spa Thermal Park and there is one clear path to follow. After a couple minutes there is a bridge that crosses over a small section of the lake. This section of the lake is formed by several hot pools and is a great place to swim for a bit. From here the trail continues ...
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  • Kokatahi, New Zealand

    Explore Hokitika Gorge

    4.0
    From the carpark follow the signs to the gorge. The trail goes through the forest for approximately 10 minutes downhill before reaching the swing bridge which spans the gorge. After the bridge you can continue walking down to another viewing platform and opportunity to go further down, closer t...
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  • Makomako, New Zealand

    Explore Bridal Veil Falls

    5.0
    0.6 mi / 0 ft gain
    The platforms overlooking the 55m falls from different angles offer unique perspectives of this natural feature. Shaped over time by water flowing across harder volcanic rock onto soft stone below, the falls have a deep pool, which combined with an area surrounded by native bush and wildlife, pro...
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  • Auckland, New Zealand

    Sunset Hike Mount Eden

    5.0
    2.9 mi / 643 ft gain
    This brief hike up to the summit is perfect for any evening of your choice, providing an amazing 360 degree views, and of the downtown core. For those a little short on time or energy, you can also drive to and park at the summit to enjoy the sunset.Starting at the Mt Eden parking area, you work ...
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