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The Most Photogenic Place In The World

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New Zealand has been at the very, very top of my bucket list for so long. Actually, probably too long. A good chunk of friends and family had already been there, and said it was beautiful, and I was disappointed with myself for not having visited. That disappointment was ramped up a whole heap when I finally got there, because WHY DID I NOT KNOW IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL? Why hadn’t I been there a million times already? It’s one of the most beautiful spots I’ve ever seen. Every way I turned, I saw gobsmacked at how stunning everything was. I don’t say this about many places {because I love where we live} but I could totally live in New Zealand. I absolutely could. And let me show you why…

My lovely friends at Olympus sent myself and a whole heap of other creative types to Queenstown to celebrate the launch of their new camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III. If you’ve been reading for a while you’ll know that I’ve used this camera {well earlier versions of it} for years now, and love it. It’s perfect for my kind of everyday photography. It’s light. It does video. It’s beautiful. It’s also got some new features that I really love, that I want to share about in more detail in another blog post – because it’s a bit of a game-changer. But just quickly, I’ve got to tell that one of the things I love is the built in stabilisation. As a mum, I’m always moving, or trying to take a quick photo, or being knocked by a dog or little person moving next to me… and having that stabilisation means that I have less dud shots, and more ‘yay!’ shots.

I know a lot of you saw the trip I took, and the photos I shared and wanted to know more about the camera… and after playing with it over that weekend in New Zealand and almost daily since, I can say that it’s one of my favourite from the Olympus range. I loved that I was surrounded by so many different photographer types on that weekend, with various skill levels and it suited everyone {beginners to professional photographers}. It’s a versatile little guy.

Back to Queenstown though, let me show you why I fell in love and also where you can go to fall in love and take beautiful photos too. It’s the perfect spot to recharge your soul, get creative and get totally snap happy. Here are my favourite spots to take in, in beautiful Queenstown.

ARROWTOWN // This little town won my heart over. It feels like this town has been stopped in time, in the best way possible. It’s quaint, cute, and pretty as a picture. Also, they do a great breakfast at The Chop Shop if you feel like grabbing a bite to eat. The local bakery is super popular too.

LAKE WAKATIPU // You can’t miss this lake, because it’s the heart of Queenstown. Our hotel, The Rees, overlooked the lake, so we woke up to the most beautiful view. One night we did a cruise, snapping photos as we sailed along.

SHOTOVER BRIDGE // In between Arrowtown and Queenstown is this beautiful little spot, Shotover Bridge. You’ll see the red boat jet back and forth on the river, and the beautiful surrounds. I loved this little spot and would have loved to hang out a little bit longer and take it all in.

GLENORCHY // This spot has been the backdrop to a few blockbuster movies, and you can see why as soon as you turn up. The lake. The mountains. It’s another beautiful spot to fall in love with.

THE REMARKABLES // We were lucky enough to jump in helicopters and land on top of The Remarkables. Please do this. It was next level. The view was jaw-dropping. The photos taken by the gang I traveled with here were AMAZING.

WANAKA // This tree you can see in the photo above is quite famous. Isn’t she pretty? The little town next to this tree has such a cool vibe around it, so next time I’d plan to hang around for at least half a day. There was a little pub with live music and lots of cool little eateries.

Those were my favourite spots from our visit. I just know that there is so much to unearth though. I truly loved that everywhere we traveled there was so many photo opportunities.

Have you been to Queenstown? Where is the most photogenic spot you’ve ever visited?

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  • Reannon

    My sister moved to NZ in January & every time she sends me a Snapchat or photo I’m blown away by how beautiful everything is!! Really gotta save our pennies & get over there!!

    • It’s amazing, and I’m already thinking of going back this January. Put your pennies away. xx

  • Sharee – Inspire Family Travel

    We drove around the South Island of New Zealand 6 years ago, and still to this day, it is one of the best holidays we have experienced. The picturesque countryside, pristine lakes and rivers, amazing landmarks, striking towns and friendly people are a few reasons why we highly recommend it to our friends and family!

  • Vicki

    I agree with all the beauty comments! It’s totally underrated. I was gobsmacked at every turn. Glaciers, mountains, waterfalls, rivers – it’s all there!

  • Lynda Delaney

    I grew up around there and can honestly say it is AMAZING – Kingston is at the other end of the lake where we had a holiday house. The scenery is just awesome.

  • Love the video and all your snaps! Queenstown is right up there on my bucket list. I’ve been to some really photogenic places, I think South Africa is top of the pops so far… Until I got to Queenstown!

  • I’ve never been to NZ but would love to go one day. Your photos of the area are amazing, what a beautiful spot and how lucky were you.

  • Row Parker

    How terrible is it that I’m a Kiwi from the South Island that has never been to any of the places in this post!! I dream of taking the kids over for a huge adventure one day

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