Where to go for the best photo spot in Wanaka
Wanaka #thatwanakatree and other great photo locations in and around Wanaka.
- Screaming as you bungy jump from the world headquarters of AJ Hackett, Kawarau Gorge with the suspension bridge as a satisfying secondary location for a post-jump group shot
- Puzzling World (and you don’t even need to enter) outside ‘propping up’ a crazy titled building. Although you are missing serious selfie locations if you don’t go inside.
- #thatwanakatree is elegant and exquisite against the backdrop of the mountains and Lake Wanaka. And catch a shot of the Lake Wanaka river walk with its majestic tree groves, another great potential location.
- Get up high with surrounding views of Lake Wanaka and the mountains. The contrast between the sharp blue lake and the dusted snowy tops of the mountains is a photo dream. This is a great spot for couples embracing the outdoors. Check out Wanaka 11 walks for inspiration where to go.
- Food caravans, pop up foodie stalls and a bubbling creek + cute waterfall has the elements of a great selfie moment complete with delicious food offerings.
- Crown Range highway between Queenstown / Arrowtown and Wanaka is a rich source for places for the perfect snap. An oldie but goodie is Cardrona Hotel with its vintage touring vehicle, year round it’s a pretty spot.
Look across the road at the car park and the soaring wooden sculpture of a native falcon or the interesting Tesla charging station … food for thought here.
- The bra fence next to the Cardrona Distillery is a bit tatty. Weather, snow and the elements are creating a quietly rotting bra fence display. Up to you whether it’s part of your selfie moment. Perhaps the Cardrona hotel with its vintage vehicle is your choice for a couples selfie.
- Foodie photographers will not be disappointed with the plethora of food options open to Wanaka visitors. From fine dining to street front cafes and the nearby wineries there is a place where your photo will shine. Check out Wanaka where to eat and drink for inspiration where to go.
- Mou Waho Island, book at Lake Wanaka Cruises, secluded beaches, and plenty of wekas to join the party as you snap photos. Pack snacks and water and walk the trails finding a tiny lake located in the middle of Mou Waho Island. Amazing, a lake nestled within an island located on a lake.
- Winter skiing offers opportunities galore especially Treble Cone with its sweeping views of Mt Aspiring National Park.
ROYS PEAK – INSTAGRAM FAMOUS
Hmmm, Roys Peak is a major climb to the top and there are plenty of great viewpoints without a strenuous hike at the beginning. Roys Peak is insta famous even leading to queues at the top while people click on their mobile. It is an arduous ascent with a steep descent. There is little shade during the walk.
- Glendhu Bay in autumn is where glowing poplar trees turn gold, burnt orange and fizz the lake with pops of colour. Walk past the very popular camping grounds towards the marching row of poplar trees. Simply gorgeous.
AND A BONUS … Wanaka just keeps on giving when it comes to photo ops with roadside locations and lookout points galore.
- Lake Hawea is another quiet spot for an insta moment. The delightful pebble beach and walks offer plenty of opportunities for the perfect shot. Check out Best short walks & picnic locations, Lake Hawea for inspiration.
- Luggate (about 10 minutes from Warbird Museum, Wanaka) is another historic hotel with an attractive vintage truck and check out the wagon and horse sculpture in the nearby park.
As a selfie location, Grab a selfie adventure canyoning with Canyoning NZ.
You will pass Wanaka Lavender Farm, scented curated purple joy that looks good in any background shot.
Getting to selfie locations in Wanaka
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