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Selfies, 38 places, locations to visit for a photogenic snap in Taupo

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Photo locations are sometimes hard to find

Taupo is a photographer’s delight with scenery hanging out for a photograph and plenty of quiet places to capture a great selfie. While Huka falls is a predicted favourite why not find shots of Lake Taupo from one of the many lakeside viewpoints.


Sunset Taupo selfie locations for the perfect photo

Dusk at Lake Taupo, New Zealand
Dusk at Lake Taupo, New Zealand
  1. Tokaanu original wooden jetty, moody, atmospheric
  2. Rangatira Park Lookout Taupo, sparkling lights of the town and awesome sunset over lake
  3. Wharewaka Point Reserve, Mt Ruapehu in background with Lake Taupo foreground
  4. Ngatoroirangi Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings on a dinner cruise
  5. Taupo lakeside boardwalk (known as Lions Walk) although a tad crowded in the peak season
  6. Turangi visitor centre with its earthquake architecture
  7. Taupo street art locations and, of course
  8. Taupo ‘I LOVE TAUPO’ signage

Lakes, mountains & unique Taupo selfie locations for the perfect photo

  1. Codgers Rock lookout on Great Lakes trail
  2. Starting near Acacia Bay is the Rangatira Point Track and uninterrupted views of Lake Taupo
  3. Scenic suspension bridges on Tongariro River Trail
  4. Lava Glass behind the scenes (cafe) garden with its quirky glass sculptures
  5. Opepe Reserve moody, atmospheric abandoned timber operations & bush setting
  6. Beaches with pumice, wildflowers and devoid of people
  7. Kinlock wooden sculptures of forest workers and traditional Maori poles ( SH1 approximately 20 km north of Taupo)
  8. National Trout Centre and the very fat, very well fed trout gazing at you as you click on the mobile
Lava Glass, Taupo, New Zealand
Lava Glass, Taupo, New Zealand
Tongariro River walks, New Zealand
Tongariro River, New Zealand
  1. Check out the Tongariro River as you walk around the National Trout Centre and you might catch sight of fly fishing, get the camera ready for the swoop of the fly as it soars over the rushing river
  2. Opotaka – home of the Haka proving you know where the impressive All Blacks (national rugby team) pre-match challenge originates
  3. Honesty Taupo has three golf courses, our favourite for a photo shoot is Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary course with its predator free fence meaning you have a chance to view the rare Taheke. Check out Where to play golf in Taupo for details
  4. Hole in One golf triumph (or not) Taupo lakeside. You will need to pick a friend with a quick reflex to capture the moment
  5. Street market goodies in Taupo, Turangi and elsewhere (peak season opportunities)
  6. Taupo Museum with its evocative Maori carvings and traditional waka (canoe). Very much a New Zealand photo opportunity

Waterfalls, hot pools Taupo selfie locations for the perfect photo

  1. Huka falls and don’t worry about the crowds, tilt the mobile towards the torrents of water
  2. Pillars of Heracles, Kaimanawa Forest Park is a real gem and definitely not the usual place people visit
  3. Bliss in Tokaanu hot pools
  4. Massage and relaxed you at Taupo deBretts Resort
  5. Yourself in the natural hot pools of the Otumuheke Stream
  6. Cutness is a Siberian puppy gorgeous Siberian husky dogs at Timberline Kennels
  7. Want a misty, steam filled atmospheric shot with industrial chic, then the Wairakei geothermal pipes are the perfect spot
Huka Falls on the Waikato River near Taupo North, NZ
Huka Falls on the Waikato River near Taupo North, NZ

Aratiatia Rapids is memorising however without a telephoto lens it’s not ideal for mobile camera shots. Great place, enjoy the stunning sight of water rapidly rising in a matter of minutes. Close up shots (video) would capture the moment beautifully.


Adventure beyond Taupo selfie locations for the perfect photo

White water rafting, Turangi, New Zealand
White water rafting, Turangi, New Zealand
  1. Tongariro River Rafting – numerous opportunities, yourself screaming in joy, watching Blue Ducks (Whio)
  2. The National Bird of Prey Centre is your incredible opportunity to get up-close to New Zealand’s smallest and only owl, the Morepork. Gloved you get to invite the owl to perch on your closed fist
  3. In a beekeeping suit, Huka Honey Hive Beekeeping Tour invites visitors to pop into a beekeeping suit and meet the busy bees who keep us supplied with the elixir of life, honey. The tour invites visitors to spin the honey separator and fill their jar with honey. It’s fun, sweet adventure together meeting the bees
  1. Bungy jump, you are allowed to close your eyes
  2. Yourself skydiving  aerial thrills over Mount Tauhara
  3. Turangi is a mere 30 minutes away from Tongariro Alpine Crossing, plenty of photogenic moments as you tramp on one of New Zealand’s Great Walks
  4. Soaking your feet lakeside at Orakei Korako geothermal park
  5. Yourself, the bike ready for the Spring Challenge Cycle around Lake Taupo
  6. Yourself paddle boarding SUP, kayaking at 600 metres above sea level on Lake Otamangakau
Bungy jump in Taupo New Zealand
Bungy jump in Taupo, New Zealand

For photo locations check out our What’s so great about kiwi towns series where we always include selfie locations in the town description. New Zealand is home to pretty as a picture NZ, 10 North Island small towns.

And we have probably missed out some awesome locations. Please comment and send us photos on our Facebook and Instagram pages.



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