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Why #RealMiddleEarth is your next Instagram obsession

Published October 27th, 2017

Everyone loves New Zealand, right? This tiny country punches above its weight on mountains, glaciers, ski fields, biking and hiking trails, culture, food, wine... you get it. Instagrammers from all over the world can’t get enough of NZ and these amazing pics will show you why.

North Island

Middle Earth is real! Get your Lord of the Rings fix at Hobbiton (aka Matamata, in the heart of the North Island)


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Take a moment, and breathe in that super crisp NZ air. You can’t hurry a view like this. Te Mata Peak, just south of Hastings near the east coast.


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Did we mention beaches and crystal clear water? That too. More epic New Zealand at Great Barrier Island off the coast of Auckland.


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No, this is not part of the Lord of the Rings backlot, these are real life glow worms in the Waipu Caves on the North Island. So cool!


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Japan? No, this super stunning, cherry-blossom-framed pic comes from Rotorua with a view out to Mokoia Island in the distance. Sigh.


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South Island

What the...? Is this...? Yep, this place Actually. Exists. On. Earth. Beautiful, right? Milford Sound, Fiordland is a New Zealand must-see.


So you have a NZ bucket-list you want to check off? Get yourself onto an action-packed tour of New Zealand with Contiki and Topdeck and start ticking of those must-do destinations as you make a whole new bunch of really cool mates. (Yes, we’re talking about peeps like you.)

The South Island is a nature-lover’s dream. Mount Aspiring National Park also featured in those famous Middle Earth movies.


Another incredible shot of Milford Sound, which was carved by glaciers during the ice ages and has been described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’. No arguments here.


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Clear night skies and all-round beauty are what you’re going to get at Lake Tekapo.

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Erin Bennion

Based in Brisbane, Erin is a writer with a penchant for using fancy old French words wherever possible and an insatiable hankering for trawling through vintage markets in small Scandinavian towns (no really). One of her dreams is to take her family to see General Sherman in Sequoia National Park and give that guy a really big group-hug. Don’t follow her, she could end up anywhere. Twitter @erinbennion.