By: Vera Alves

Some people use Instagram as a visual diary to share with friends, others like to check it for what their favourite celebrities are up to on any given day.

The social network is a treasure trove of inspiration, with beautiful images posted by those with a keen eye for photography, or inspirational messages shared by people worth looking up to.

We’re not talking about the ones with the most followers, like KJ Apa or Lorde. We’re talking about regular Kiwis who have really taken their Insta game up a few levels and definitely deserve a follow.

1.ย polkadotpassport, Nicola Easterby

For some travel inspiration, look no further than Easterby’s beautiful Instagram feed. Snowy peaks, waterfalls, insanely beautiful landscapes … this Kiwi on Insta will get you travelling, even if only in your daydreams.

Nothing quite like first light by the lakeside โ›…

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2.ย forkingyum, Emily

Auckland-based Emily will have you drooling all over your phone screen if you are not careful checking her Insta. Her foodie shots are insanely good, without being pretentious or faux haute cuisine. Sometimes a sandwich is just a sandwich, you know?

3.ย thebuzzykiwi, Stephen McDowell

Go on a trip around the world with McDowell’s incredible travel photography, which frequently includes some of the best shots of our own Aotearoa.

IM BACK!!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝโ€จI MISSED YOU!!!!!โ€จI genuinely missed you all ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝโ€จIt feels like I have been gone for a life time. I want to start with saying THANK YOU!โ€จI can not begin to express how much your messages of support and kindness kept my head above water at a time where I felt like I was drowning ๐Ÿ’™ For a moment there the thought of giving up crossed my mind but then you all reminded me of something very important.โ€จYou reminded me of the incredible supportive community we have created together on this platform.โ€จYou reminded me that despite all the bad people in the world there is still an abundance of good, caring, open minded and consciously free people willing to support others at the drop of a hat.โ€จYou reminded me that we are all united, no matter where in the world we are from we are all one. Itโ€™s so easy to feel alone in this messed up and chaotic world but know itโ€™s just a feeling. โ€œYou are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars guides you tooโ€ ๐Ÿ’™โ€จSome crazy, borderline supernatural things have happened to me in the past 3 months and as much as the universe is throwing everything it possibly can at me to stop me, I truly believe there is a reason for it all. How we respond to disaster lays the foundations for the new road your life journey will take.โ€จListen to your heart, follow the signs and never stop believing for as long as you are breathing you have the gift โœจโ€จSo here I am, swinging towards the sky with my eyes on the mountain top, arms out wide, surrendering to the universe, trusting the rope of life will hold for one last go at chasing my dreams ๐Ÿ’ญโ€จWill you join me??? ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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4.ย healthychick101, Riley Hemson

Hemson is, as she puts it, just a huge girl trying to get some abs. The graduate paramedic intern is both funny and inspirational – a tough combination to get right online but one that she nails on the regular.

Hump day ๐Ÿช calls for a booty transformation ๐Ÿ‘ pic on the left was about 3-4 years ago when I had lost the bulk of my weight and was training mainly just cardio. Another one of the most common questions I receive is how to โ€˜target fat lossโ€™. โ€œHow can I lose weight in my lower stomach, inner thighs, back and armsโ€. Iโ€™m sorry to break it to ya sis but various studies have found you canโ€™t actually spot reduce fat. All over fat loss is a thing, for sure but where our bodies choose to store our fat is out of our control, different from person to person & impacted by a variety of factors. While we canโ€™t necessarily choose where our body loses fat, we can choose where we want to build and tone muscle to achieve a more defined and toned look. In this instance targeting my booty in specific exercises e.g: hip thrusts, glute bridges, kick backs and recently aiding my glute training & activation with these @thepeachbuilderco peach builder bands has been freakin awesome // Discount code: โ€œRILEYPEACHโ€ ๐Ÿ‘

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5.ย lulasticblog, Lucy Aitkenread

Aitkenread is living her best life in an yurt with her happy hippy family. She blogs and vlogs about all things DIY, parenting and sustainability and you can start by following her on Instagram but do check out her YouTube and website as well or you’ll be missing out on some good tips to live a better life.

Source: NZ Herald

Ok so we’re sneakily turning this list into the SIX accounts to follow because how could you leave off ours?

6. JETmag, obvi

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