Photography-Worthy Spots on New Zealand’s North Island

New Zealand’s North Island is full of photography-worthy spots. With countless lighthouses, 150 km long beaches, sand dunes and waterfalls just minutes away from each other, the North Island is a destination worth visiting.

There is an ongoing debate about beauty which South Island often wins. However, don’t let this make you neglect the North. North Island has very different landscapes to offer. With its luscious tropical, green landscapes it is a big contrast to the rockiness of South Island lakes.

Places to Visit on Photography Tour of New Zealand

  • Cape Reigna is the northernmost spot of the mainland famous for a picturesque lighthouse, as well as for being the place where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea.
  • Pouakai Tarns are located in Pouakai Hut, arguably the best backcountry hut in the whole New Zealand. Visit the tarns at sunrise for one of the most breathtaking views you have ever seen.
  • Te Paki Sand Dunes are a perfect spot for taking off your shoes (trust us), taking your camera gear and going searching for interesting photogenic sand formations. If you like to photograph people the Dunes offer a perfect spot since they are usually full of eager sand surfers.
  • Castlepoint Lighthouse is a beauty rising on the eastern shores of the island. Surrounded by amazing views, pristine beaches, and insanely photogenic boardwalk, this is a must-see on every photographer’s list.
  • Tongariro Crossing and the Emerald Lakes are a bit more challenging to reach, but if you are up for an adventure, it will be worth it!
  • Mount Eden is a really cool looking volcanic crater worth visiting if you find yourself in Auckland. It is also a perfect place to capture the city’s skyline.
  • Mount Maunganui Summit that rises above Tauranga is the perfect spot for photographers who love to capture breathtaking sunrises.

Make sure to also check out Three Sisters and the Elephant Rock, Cathedral Cove, Rotorua, Whakatãne and Tauranga Valley Lookout.