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10 Token Tourist Photos You Have to Take in the North Island


The photos that everyone takes on the North Island.

Well, there’s no such thing as originality, so the best way to approach taking photos in New Zealand is to do what everyone else is doing. All these photos have been tried and tested to ensure you that all your friends and loved ones will be insanely jealous when they see them.

Oh don’t worry, there’s more on the South Island too: 10 Token Tourism Photos You Have to Take on the South Island.

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1. Going into a Hobbit hole.

Pretend to be a Hobbit going over to a friend’s house for elevenses.

Location: Hobbiton, North Island

2. Hug a Kauri tree.

You can’t capture the magnificence of these trees without hugging them.

Location: Northland, North Island
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3. Sign at Cape Reinga.

Everyone wants a photo of a sign pointing to their home country, showing how far they have travelled.

Location: Cape Reinga, North Island

4. Writing on hand for a skydive.

Write a message to your mum.

Location: Could be in all these places: 11 Places to Skydive in New Zealand.

5. Standing next to the Champagne Pool.

Just popped out for a bit of shopping, stopped off at The Champagne Pool on the way – no biggie.

Location: Rotorua, North Island

6. Santa hat on the beach.

Of course, this is just a seasonal photo. But there is no better way to make your family jealous at Christmas.

Location: Any beach in NZ!

7. Literally climbing Mt doom.

If in doubt just think, WWFASD? (What would Frodo and Sam do?)

Location: Mt Ngauruhoe, North Island

8. Get licked by the giant dog.

Tirau has a giant sheep and a giant dog.

Location: Tirau, North Island

9. Maori greeting.

Get face-to-face with a Maori… literally.

Location: Rotorua, North Island

10. Jandals on the beach.

Because you are one crazy cat!

Location: Any beach in NZ!

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