The 11 Most “Instagramable” Spots in Queenstown
September 16, 2018
Where to Take the Best Photos in Queenstown
Queenstown is a beautiful town with stunning surroundings making it the perfect place for Instagram photos! But where are the most photogenic places in Queenstown? In this blog, I’ll reveal the most Instagramable spots in Queenstown, New Zealand.
1. Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu is probably the most posted about place in Queenstown. It is the huge lake that Queenstown sits on the shore of. With The Remarkables Mountain Range in the background, it isn’t hard to see why the hashtag #LakeWakatipu is so popular.
There are a few great spots on Lake Wakatipu that make for the ideal Instagram shot. One is along the waterfront on Beach Street towards Fernhill. Another popular spot is from the Queenstown Gardens.
One thing is for sure, while in Queenstown, you are bound to get a photo of Lake Wakatipu – it’s essentially Queenstown’ss’ backdrop!
2. Queenstown Hill
Queenstown Hill is the large hill right in Queenstown. Hiking to the top of Queenstown Hill is a popular activity for both locals and tourists alike. The view from the top of Queenstown Hill is just spectacular!
That amazing Instagram shot comes at a price though. Don’t be fooled by the word “hill”, Queenstown Hill is a challenging hike. It takes about an hour and it is straight up the entire way. By the time you get to the top, you might be too sweaty to actually be in your photo!
If you plan on hiking Queenstown Hill make sure to wear good shoes and bring lots of water. The trails are clearly marked and easy to follow. The hike is accessible right from Queenstown town centre and can be found on Google Maps.
For more information, check out our complete guide to hiking Queenstown Hill!
3. Moke Lake
Moke Lake is about a 30-minute drive from Queenstown centre ad you will need access to a vehicle to get there. The majority of the drive is along a gravel road that is 4wd only during winter months.
Along the drive to Moke Lake, you will see rolling hills with lambs wandering around, snow-covered peaks, and gorgeous lakes. But at the end of the drive, you will be a Moke Lake. Here you can go hiking, or simply just take some awesome Insta pics.
Moke Lake is most famous for the mirror-like reflection the lake creates. At Moke Lake on a calm day, you will be lucky enough to get the mountains in the background reflected against the lake. Absolutely stunning!
For everything you need to know, check out our blog all about Moke Lake!
4. The Floating Bar
Right on the waterfront in Queenstown centre, there is a bar on a boat. This cute little boat sits floating in the harbour and actually offers some cheap drinks. Best view for a bar in Queenstown? I’d say so!
But it isn’t actually in the boat that makes for a great photo, but the boat itself floating the lake with the mountains in the background. It is just a classic Queenstown shot and taken right from the town centre!
Foodies will love this one! Fergburger is hands-down the most famous restaurant in Queenstown (and possibly all of New Zealand.) They sell, you guessed it, burgers!
Because of its popularity, Fergburger always has a long line. At 10 am, there will be a line a Fergburger. But its popularity will make you have to try it for yourself! And while you’re at it, join the rest of the tourists and take a selfie.
The drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy is a beautiful scenic drive that you absolutely need to do while visiting Queenstown.! Not only will you get some gorgeous photos along the drive, but you will end in the cute town of Glenorchy that is picture perfect all on its own.
From the petting zoo to the jetty to the old shed, there is a ton of Instagram picture potentials in Glenorchy.
Make sure to check out our blog about the drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy, including awesome places to stop along the way!
7. Skyline Gondola
If you aren’t so keen for hiking, then a ride up the Skyline Gondola might just be for you. From inside the gondola, you can take some breathtaking photos, but the view at the top is even better!
My best advice would be to ride up before sunset and enjoy a glass of mulled wine at the top while watching the sky turn colours. Not only is this place perfect for Instagram, but it is the perfect way to spend an evening.
8. The Remarkables
Much like lake Wakatipu, you simply can’t miss The Remarkables when you go to Queenstown, they are just that big!
The Remarkables are the massive mountain range that is seen from everywhere in Queenstown. These mountains are truly spectacular, with snow-covered peaks in the winter and sitting tall and jagged behind the lake, this mountain range makes for the perfect photo!
If you are feeling adventurous though, go for a drive up to The Remarkables towards the ski area. From there, you can get some even better photos!
9. Ben Lomond
For those who like to hike, Ben Lomond is a treat. It is an incredible hike with 360-degree views you can’t even imagine until you are there for yourself.
The Ben Lomond trail starts at the top of the Tiki trail or where the skyline gondola sits. From there you can continue on for a couple of hours to the saddle, or if you are feeling ambitious, the summit!
This is one of the most beautiful hikes in Queenstown and therefore is common to see on Instagram! In the winter, it isn’t always possible to hike to the summit as it can get very icy and dangerous, but in the summer, this hike is a great way to spend a day.
We wrote a blog that is a guide to hiking Ben Lomond!
10. Jacks Point Track
This easy and short track has boasts some special views. This isn’t a common tourist attraction, and therefore isn’t commonly found on Instagram – but it should be! We have visited a few times and each time we are rewarded with some beautiful photo opportunities!
Jack Point is only a short drive outside of Queenstown. There is an official track, but wander around the area on your own to create your new unique photo!
11. Lake Hayes
Lake Hayes is a lake just outside of Queenstown. There is a trail that goes all the way around the lake but there are also multiple points you can drive to. It is possible to drive yourself to Lake Hayes as it is only about 10-minutes by car from Queenstown town centre.
I like going to Lake Hayes for sunset. For whatever reason, there always seems to be the best sunsets out there!
If you like taking photos then Queenstown is a great place to visit! While these 11 places I have listed are guaranteed to give you some awesome photo opportunities, the beautiful places to explore in and around Queenstown are literally endless! The best thing to do is to explore for yourself and make finding the perfect Instagram photo an adventure all on its own!