New Zealand is a green travel paradise and the locals are rightly proud and protective of their natural wealth. Here are some of the top spots for selfies or putting your photographic skills to use. Explore them the eco-friendly way – on foot! Best spots for postcard-style photos here:

Mount Maunganui

Mount Maunganui is a mere three hours south of Auckland, New Zealand. The seaside town is picture perfect from the top of ‘the Mount’- the best vantage point and a popular walk. At the entrance to Tauranga Harbour, Mauao / Mount Maunganui – with its internationally recognised surf breaks, warm ocean waters and white sand beaches – has long been a favourite Kiwi beach holiday destination.

Photo: @inafarawayland

Photo: @inafarawayland

The Hobbiton Movie Set

The 12-acre location sits within gentle rolling hills on a quiet country road near the farming town of Matamata. It is an easy three-hour drive from Auckland.

Photo: Shaun Jeffers for Hobbiton Tours

Photo: Shaun Jeffers for Hobbiton Tours

Wanaka lake front

Wanaka is a place where you will discover a new world of pristine wilderness, outstanding cuisine and incredible skiing all only an hour from Queenstown.

New Zealand Wanaka

Skyline Queenstown 

Queenstown’s beautiful scenery seen from the Skyline is a sight to behold with views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range. The view over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu from the top of the gondola is outstanding – and one of the most accessible in the land.

Winter scene in the snow, Queenstown. Photo: Destination Queenstown

Winter scene in the snow, Queenstown. Photo: Destination Queenstown

Lake Tekapo (see feature image)

A photographer’s dream, the turquoise lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks including Mt John, home of the Mt John Observatory and a grandstand view of the night sky in a world renowned dark sky reserve. On Lake Tekapo’s shores sits the Church of the Good Shepherd, one of the most picturesque little church buildings on the planet.

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