Top Instagrammable Spots in the Waikato

The #MightyWaikato region boasts many breathtaking views and photogenic locations so whether you’re an Instagram addict or just snap happy, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to fantastic photo opportunities. Here are our favourite Insta-worthy spots to add to your list:

Hobbiton Movie Set, Matamata

Hobbiton Move Set

Located in the heart of the Waikato countryside Hobbiton Movie Set is the permanent set created for the The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. See the 40 hobbit holes, including Bilbo Baggin's house Bag End, the party tree and mill, and then enjoy a drink in The Green Dragon. Check out the Hobbiton website for tour info and pricing.

Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton Gardens is made up of over 20 beautifully landscapes gardens including the Surrealist Garden, Japanese Garden of Contemplation, Italian Renaissance Garden, Indian Char Bagh Garden, Mansfield Garden and the recently opened Ancient Egyptian Garden. The stunning gardens provide many photo opportunities, and entry is free.

Wairere Falls, Matamata

Wairere Falls

Located on the drive from Waitomo Village towards Marokopa, the 35 metre high Marokopa falls are said to be one of the most beautiful in the country and are well worth a visit.

Marokopa Falls, Waitomo

Marokopa Falls

Located on the drive from Waitomo Village towards Marokopa, the 35 metre high Marokopa falls are said to be one of the most beautiful in the country and are well worth a visit. The viewing platform for the falls is via an easy 20 minute return walk which passes through native tawa and nikau forest.

Hakarimata Summit Track

To get to the summit you need to climb the infamous staircase of 1349 steps. The amazing views out towards the coast, across the Waikato Basin and down to Ruapehu, are definitely worth the climb.

Bridal Veil Falls, Raglan

Bridal Veil Falls

Spectacular 55 metre high waterfall near Raglan which offers ample photo opportunities at different points. It is an easy 10 minute walk through native bush, following the Pakoka River for most of the way, to two viewing platforms at the top.

Hamilton City Street Art

Hamilton Street Art

There are numerous murals and street art located throughout Hamilton. Including the giant kārearea mural at Victoria on the River, the Riff Raff statue located outside the Waikato Museum and the Tongue of the Dog sculpture which honours the Māori legend of how the Waikato River was created.

Raglan Sunset, Raglan NZ



The bohemian surf town of Raglan is the region's great chill out spot. Its beautiful beaches and rugged landscape draw many artists and photographers, and the sunsets are truly breathtaking.

Ruakuri Cave

Journey down through the spectacular spiral entrance to the cave and marvel at the limestone formations and crystal tapestries. You can also get up close to the world famous glowworms.

Mt Te Aroha Summit

Mt Te Aroha Summit

From the summit of Mt Te Aroha, there are 360 degree views across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions. On a clear day, you will be able to see Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Taranaki. It is a 3 hour hike one way and be prepared for alpine weather conditions at the summit.

Hamilton Lake

Hamilton Lake

Wide open spaces ribboned with walkways make Hamilton Lake Domain a go-to for anyone looking for a scenic location. Located in the heart of Hamilton City, Hamilton Lake (also known as Lake Rotoroa) includes varied natural lakeside vegetation, grassed parklands perfect for a picnic, playgrounds and a cafe.

Alphra Lavender Farm

Alphra Lavender & Lavender Backyard

Those lavender fields are picture-perfect locations. Visitors are welcome to wander the gardens, pick their own and take photographs of themselves amongst the lavender.

Mt Pirongia

With a range of easy to more challenging options, the Pirongia walks provide a rejuvenating experience amongst lush native forest and clear mountain streams. The Pirongia summit offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.

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