Budding Instagrammers descend on Akaroa

8 March 2015

By Rowan Worner, GM Marketing, Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism

On Saturday 5 March CCT, alongside Black Cat Cruises hosted our fourth #Canterbury InstaMeet. We had the most phenomoneal turn out with over 70 photographers and Instagram enthusiasts joining us on the boat in Akaroa Harbour.

What happens at an InstaMeet?

Since the earliest days of Instagram, people have been meeting up to take photos and videos together. As the Instagram community has grown around the world, so too has the occurrence of InstaMeets. Simply said they are gatherings of people coming together to connect, explore, and celebrate their creativity.

At the #AkaroaNZ InstaMeet the people who came along were all passionate photographers. Some were complete newbies to Instagram while others have massive followings. Regardless of the differences it is the similarities that mean everyone has a brilliant time and got to learn a few more tips and tricks.

We were lucky enough to have Kyle Mulinder from Bare Kiwi join us as the event host. Kyle has a contagious energy level with definitely flowed onto the InstaMeet to make sure everyone felt like they had found a boat full of new friends.

Why are Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism hosting InstaMeets?

We strongly believe that Canterbury has some of the absolute best locations for photography in the world and we want to tell this story. What better way to do this than bringing together people who want to take photos of the region?

We feel like our role is the conduit for making this happen. With the changing face of digital we know that our role in promoting the beautiful Canterbury region is done largely through visual mediums. A lot of our team are also passionate photographers and so our aim is to bridge the gap and connect this extremely creative and enthusiastic community.

What did we see at the #AkaroaNZ InstaMeet?

Akaroa is high up the list in terms of those stunning spots for photography in Canterbury. Imagine rugged coastlines, rolling green hills, an abundance of wildlife including adorable seals, seabirds and the rare Hector’s dolphins – plus a photographers dream, the most stunning sunsets.

Check out the current photos using the #AkaroaNZ hashtag.