16 Instagrammers That Showcase the Stunning Nature & Māori Culture of New Zealand

16 Instagrammers That Showcase the Stunning Nature & Māori Culture of New Zealand

Monday, 12 October, 2020

New Zealand is the place to be if you want to tromp about like a hobbit in fantastical landscapes. As you know if you’ve seen The Lord of the Rings movies, all 12 hours of the series were filmed in New Zealand.

There are majestic forests, sparkling beaches, craggy mountains, fjords, and flowered meadows, all of which make New Zealand a daydreamy place for outdoor adventures — and beautiful photos thereof. There’s also Māori mythology and tattoos and haka, plus wildlife that looks like it’s straight out of a children’s adventure book.

The photos in these Instagram accounts will whisk you away to New Zealand. It’s a virtual way to hang out with Kiwis (the people) and kiwis (the adorable birds) and get a taste of the islands’ lifestyle and landscape.


Māori Worldwide - @maoriworldwide

For colorful photos of Māori culture from around the world…


Pure New Zealand - @purenewzealand

For the official NZ account with gorgeous photos of landscapes, flora, and fauna…


New Zealand Guide - @newzealandguide

For a curated look at the best shots of adventure and luxury in NZ…


Forest & Bird - @forestandbird

For pics of very, very cute birds and other animals in their natural habitats…


Pūkaha National Wildlife Sanctuary - @pukahanz

For snaps of the animals at this national wildlife center, including KIWIS. THEY’RE SO CUTE…


Rawhitiroa Photography - @rawhitiroa

For striking portraits and photojournalism from a Māori photographer… (And don’t miss these haka photos on the Rawhitiroa Photography website.)


Kerehi Photography - @kerehi_photography

For beautiful and joyous Māori portraits…


Photographer Racheal Trail - @rachealtrail.nz

For dramatic nature photos that tell a story…


Photographer Chele Banks - @chelebanks

For vibrant photos from Wellington, the capital of NZ…


Photographer Sean Gillespie - @seandgi

For another side of Wellington, with a focus on birds, mountains, and weather…


Photographer Sam Deuchrass - @samdeuchrass

For dramatic nature photos and timelapse videos…


Queenstown Life - @queenstownlife

For charming snaps of everyday life and nature in Queenstown…


Environmentalist Geoff Reid - @geoffreidnz

For rabble-rousing and thought-provoking photos of NZ’s nature and environmental challenges…


The View Finda - @the_viewfinda

For dramatic shots of nature that promise ‘no filters, no Photoshop’…


Artist Juanitur - @juanitur

For sweet and inspiring Māori-inspired art that celebrates women…


HOME magazine - @homenewzealand

For a peek at the inside and outside of inspiring NZ architecture and design…



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