Visual Adventure – Instagramming New Zealand

Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott February 28, 2013 9

Visiting New Zealand: North Island or South Island?  That seems to be the question.  We offer a third way:  Both!  North Island and South Island are different in both look and feel, and having had a taste of both, we wouldn’t want it any other way.  Both offer incredible landscapes and adrenaline-loaded experiences, but they do so differently, which makes it unfair to choose.

But don’t just take our word for it – see the proof from our iPhone:  ten select Instagram images from New Zealand’s North Island and ten from the South Island, with one from the Cook Strait Ferry connecting the two in between just for good measure.

This is New Zealand — the whole of New Zealand.  This is New Zealand encompassed via Instagram.

North Island

Sunrise descent into Auckland. Our grand welcome to New Zealand.

Goat Island: Leaving the stony beaches of north Northland behind.

Palm Beach, Motuarohia Island – the site of our morning snorkel in the Bay of Islands.

Panoramic view from the top of Waewaetorea Island in the Bay of Islands.

“Get amongst it” – Audrey grabs a bit of junglelicious New Zealand rainforest.

Cruising the pancake rocks / limestone stacks of Ragland Harbor

A view over the surf hut at Ngarunui Beach. Fine conditions to catch our first waves.

Emerald Lakes, the reward for making it to the top of the Tongariro Pass. No filter here – what you see is what you get.

South Island

Aerial view of today’s lunch spot, Stillwell Beach. Taken along the Abel Tasman Coast Track.

West Coastal dreamscape, loving the physical beauty of this part of New Zealand’s South Island.

Our group gettin’ up on that glacier, Franz Josef.

Road trip New Zealand style. Landscape shift at Lake Hawea.

Even wine-tasting in New Zealand is extreme. This is the gorge road we had to drive to get to Chard Farm vineyards, Otago Central Valley.

Doubtful Sound: A view on our early morning kayak paddle, crystal clear days in Fiordland, New Zealand.

The view from our early morning sea kayak – Doubtful Sound, Fiordland.

Christchurch: picture of tranquility in the Garden City.

A finely placed tree, Kaikoura Esplanade. We pretty much have a love affair with trees in New Zealand.


  1. Debbie February 28, 2013 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    These photos are so beautiful. That tree in Kaikoura Esplanade is lovely. What an interesting spot to plant a tree. It certainly has an oceanside view, doesn’t it? New Zealand is definitely an island destination top on the list to visit.

  2. Catherine March 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Wow, NZ as I remember it:) It has been a while. Nice to see the tree photographed at Kaikoura. It is a wonderful place to swim with the wild Dusky dolphins. Great memories! Thanks Daniel and Audrey.

    • Audrey | Uncornered Market March 15, 2013 at 3:52 am - Reply

      Catherine, glad to hear New Zealand hasn’t changed much. We were fortunate to get on the last Dusky dolphin trip of the day – talk about amazing!! Never expected the dolphins to get so close or that there would be so many of them.

  3. andy munden March 2, 2013 at 5:04 am - Reply

    New Zealand is certainly a beautiful country we’re going back in 2014/5 to walk the Abel Tasman coast path it has to be the most beautiful spot on the planet.

    • Audrey | Uncornered Market March 15, 2013 at 4:23 am - Reply

      Andy, that sounds like a fabulous trip. We only spent a couple of days at Abel Tasman, but it was just stunning. To do the full 5-day circuit would be amazing. Good luck!

  4. wansyb March 14, 2013 at 9:31 am - Reply

    verry nice

  5. Ruth March 24, 2013 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Beautiful. Beautiful beautiful beautiful. This really is one of the most stunning countries on the planet.

  6. Michael & Brittany March 24, 2013 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    We are both really enjoying the diverse landscapes that New Zealand has to offer travelers! We just left Queenstown after shooting with the Travel Channel for their new show “RIDE-iculous” – you can imagine what that entails ;) One spot that we LOVED that doesn’t get a whole lot of attention is Omapere, Northland. It’s similar to Raglan but waaaaaay off of the beaten track!! Enjoy the rest of you travels :)

  7. Ally March 24, 2013 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    Fantastic pictures! Just finishing 8 months over here this week, fair to say we’re none too pleased about it.Have been blogging the whole time we’ve been here, check out for some photos and write ups!

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