Queenstown, home to beautiful mountains, a quaint little town and scenery that Instagrammers are flying from all over the world to capture.The landscape here is so diverse that whatever you are after you will find. The lake, the mountains, the snow and the winding roads are to name a few. It would be rude to come here and not explore what Mother Nature worked so hard to give us, from full Day hikes scaling the mountains to a leisurely drive out into the country you are sure to find plenty of Things to do in Queenstown to capture your insta perfect photo. Here are a few of our favourite photo spots all accessible from the centre of Queenstown and a must do for your trip to QT.
She’s all around you, you can’t quite believe how grand the lake is until you drive out as far as Glenorchy- yep that’s still the same lake. Beautiful glacial fed lake makes for perfect photographs, the water really is that blue and your followers won’t believe that you’ve not had a cheeky edit before you upload. From getting right to the shore or experiencing the lake from above you will produce some beautiful images with enviable backdrops.
This short half day walk winds high above Queenstown centre, when you emerge from the tree’s you are greeted with panoramic views of the town and the surrounding mountains, make sure you take a seat in the basket of dreams, pull out your best yoga pose or enjoy a relaxing moment with a view over the lake. Your Instagram will instantly feel peaceful and you will have successfully captured a small slice of what this town has to offer. Get up there before the sun rises to capture pure serenity or stay up there until the sun sets and enjoy a romantic evening with a loved one.
Just a 40 min drive on the road to Paradise… Literally, that is the name of the road and is a true representation of where you are about to go. On route, there are plenty of places to pull over and take amazing photographs of the winding road, the bluest waters and Pigeon island. Glenorchy is a small town with that iconic Lord of the rings feel ( it plays home to a few scenes so Hobbit costumes are optional) The short boardwalk loop that leads from the car park and round will give you dramatic views of Mt Alfred and the dart river. The red boathouse is easily one of the most Instagrammed sheds in New Zealand, Sitting right next to the pier with a background of mountains, it sure does stand out.
The incredible Remarkables mountain range towers over the airport and Frankton. Pretty much from wherever you are in Queenstown you can see the Remarkables, the pointy ridge line is iconic and is also known as The Misty Mountains featuring in The lord of the rings film series. Whether it be winter or summer, covered in snow or shadow these mountains and undeniably amazing to photograph. Head out to Jacks point to get a different perspective or how about getting up there yourself. As it is home to a Ski field you can drive up to the base building and explore, be careful as the season's change as the weather and terrain can be unpredictable but the views from the top are second to none.
Somewhat a hidden gem just outside of Queenstown on route to Glenorchy. There is a small bush walk which will then bring you out to the cove… In the summer time, you can’t quite believe you are in New Zealand and not an island off the south pacific. There are plenty of spots to pull up a pew and enjoy the serenity of the cove. If you fancy the climb then head to the end of the track and climb the hill, you will be rewarded with a spectacular view of The Remarkables and the cove below. Again stay up here until sunset, with some beer and friends and make all your followers super jealous of your own little slice of paradise.
Author: Sophie Piearcey
Photo Credits: Cover photo @sinalaura all others @sophiepiearcey