12 top Instagram Spots

Apr 28, 2021
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It’s hands-down the most photographed site in Hawke’s Bay, but we can’t get enough of Te Mata Peak in Havelock North! Sunrise and sunset are your best bet to grab the money shots, but really, any time of the day will do. Take a stroll around the various vantage points for a wide range of perspectives and landscapes. #tematapeak


These pale, craggy cliffs are home to the world’s largest mainland colony of gannets and also play host to one of the world’s most highly rated golf courses. Get there via the overland Gannet Safaris trip during the gannet season (please note, all beach access is currently closed due to ongoing rockfall slips). For a cheat’s version, or when the tours aren't running, you can get a pretty stunning version from Marine Parade in the late afternoon when the sun hits the cliffs. #capekidnappers


Cape Kidnappers - photo credit Grace Tennent


Lake Waikaremoana, roughly translated as the ‘sea of rippling waters’, is an oasis of stunning natural beauty in the heart of Te Urerewa. There’s epic photography points all the way round the lake, but the one that seems tailor made for the ‘gram is Panekire Bluff. It’s about a 12km return walk from the Onepoto carpark – well worth the effort for the view. #panekirebluff


Hawke’s Bay’s highest waterfall, the 58m Shine Falls is a long-standing Instagram favourite. It’s a decent trip, to be sure – 1hr drive from Napier each way, then a 1-1.5hr return walk – make sure you’ve got some sturdy walking shoes. But who doesn’t love a good waterfall?! #shinefalls


These towering beauties make you feel small and insignificant, but they sure make for a great ‘gram from all kinds of angles. Knock of two for the price of one – grab your Redwoods photo at the start of your walk up to the summit of Te Mata Peak. #tematapeakredwoods