Auckland is the largest city in the North Island of New Zealand and has a population of about 1.3 million people. The city is built around 2 large docks with a lot of world famous attractions. Auckland is the centre of commerce and industry, and is perhaps the most alive, bustling and multicultural city in New Zealand which also enjoys a warm, temperate climate. It is nicknamed “the city of sails” because the city’s landscape is dominated by the twin harbours, volcanic hills, bays, beaches and islands.
Popular Attractions: Sky Tower, One Tree Hill, Voyager, Auckland Zoo, Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World, Mission Bay, Eastern Beach, Maraetai Beach, Cockle Bay
Christchurch City is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and is known as the “Garden City”. The city was hammered and suffered greatly by several massive earthquakes in 2011 – 2012. Christchurch still remains to be a great city to visit even if it is still in the course of rebuilding its city centre. Check out the silvery beaches off the coast, as well as the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps and the Canterbury landscape is just impossible to ignore. There is with the huge horizon of ocean or mountains, farmlands and extensive amounts of sky.
Popular Attractions: Aoraki Mount Cook, Arthur’s Pass National Park Cathedral Square, Canterbury Museum, International Antarctic Centre, Orana Wildlife Park, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city with a population of about over 400,000. It is also the cultural, administrative and political centre of the country as its home to Te Papa – National Museum of New Zealand, a thriving film industry and the Parliament. It wraps around a beautiful harbour, with its outskirts stretching out around the hills and the seaboard. The city has a thriving nightlife and stays up late for people to enjoy music, dance performances and live theater.
Popular Attractions: Te Papa Museum, St James Theatre, Zealandia, Mount Victoria, Wrights Hill Fortress, Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellington Cable Car
Dunedin is sheltered in the hills surrounding Otago Harbour with a population of about 120,000. The city upholds a position of national importance as a major seat of learning, focusing on arts and culture. Dunedin has shaped many of New Zealand’s greatest writers, poets, artists and musicians. It is also notable for its historical architecture being one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. Dunedin is also nature endowed with coastal colonies of the shy Yellow- eyed penguins. It is also the world’s only mainland breeding colony of the Royal Albatross.
Popular Attractions: Taieri Gorge Railway, Taiaroa Heads Albatross Colony, Penguin Place – Home of the Yellow Eyed Penguin, St Clair Beach, The Octagon, St Pauls Cathedral, Larnach Castle, Tunnel Beach
Hamilton rests on the banks of the Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river. It is a progressive and fast growing city with a population of approximately 135,000. Hamilton is a short distance from many of New Zealand’s major lifestyle attractions such as beaches, lakes, hot pools, caves and mountains. It also provides an extensive range of recreational opportunities for a good comfortable way of life, a healthy environment and great outdoors.
Popular Attractions: Classic Car Museum, Kiwi Balloon Company, SKYCITY, Waikato River Explorer, Waitomo Caves, Te Awamutu, Cambridge
Palmerston North is situated on the banks of the Manawatu River nestled at the foot of the impressive Tararua Mountain Range. It is a growing city of about 76,000 and is one of New Zealand’s largest provincial cities. Explore the heart of the city from the beautiful inner city park and discover restored historic buildings (built in the 1920s and 1930s) that now functions as bars, cafes, restaurants, shops, museums, art galleries and the city’s library. The city provides the best of both worlds as it’s able to preserve a balancing relationship between the modern benefits and technology of the big city life, and the quality and comfort of the small town way of life.
Popular Attractions: Palmerston North Clock Tower, Te Manawa, Owlcatraz, Victoria Esplanade, Tararua Wind Farm, New Zealand Rugby Museum, Campbell Park, Chippendale Reserve
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and has a summery, oceanic climate. A favorite holiday destination, Whangarei has sensational beaches and exquisite scenery. Whangarei is a developing, modern and dynamic city in the heart of a district with fields, orchards and woodlands, as well as a stunning harbour and coastline with some of New Zealand’s premium beaches.
Popular Attractions: Bay of Islands, Kingdom of Zion, Bream Head Coast Walks, Whangarei Falls, Claphams Clocks – The National Clock Museum, Mt Manaia, Abbey Caves, Ruakaka Beach
Rotorua is one of the tourist areas in New Zealand where you can experience the true Maori culture. This multi-cultural city is situated in the centre of a geothermal wonderland and is famous for the trout fishing season, mountain biking trails, myriad forest walking tracks as well as the boiling mud pools.
There are 17 lakes to enjoy in the Rotorua district that presents great freshwater fishing, water-skiing, and other water activities.
Popular Attractions: Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Agroventures Adventure Park, Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, Pohutu Cultural Theatre
New Plymouth is a port city that is home to more than 70,000 people. It is famous for its beautiful gardens and old architecture fused with current design that is blended with modern art.
Popular Attractions: Coastal Walkway, Brooklands Zoo, Pukekura Park, Te Kainga Marire, Egmont National Park, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Mount Taranaki
Napier is the busy centre of Hawke’s Bay. It is situated beside the sea and offers one of the best climates in the country. Napier is a seaport and was leveled in 1931 by a devastating earthquake. It was rebuilt in the Art Deco style and now is honoured as the “Art Deco Capital”. Wine and heritage tours, as well as sailing and fishing are some of the popular activities here.
Popular Attractions: Art Deco Walk, Marine Parade, Hawke’s Bay Art Gallery and Museum, Bluff Hill, Stables Museum and Waxworks, Hawke’s Bay Aquarium (National Aquarium of New Zealand), Cathedral of St John the Evangelist
Invercargill is the most southern city of New Zealand. It rests on the Southland Plains beside the Oreti River. Invercargill is the gateway to some of New Zealand’s most beautiful scenery and home to the Southern Institute of Technology which is a polytech that offers a zero-fees scheme to students.
Popular Attractions: Southland Heartland, Stewart Island, Fiordland, Catlins, Southland Museum and Art Gallery, Invercargill Water Tower, St. Mary’s Basilica, Otakaro Park, Stead Street Wharf, Bluff Hill
Situated at the top of the South Island of New Zealand, Nelson has a mild sunny climate year round. It opens up to magnificent landscapes, from snow-capped mountains, lakes and raging rivers to the wide sandy seashores. Enjoy the region’s many beaches and dive in to activities like kayaking, walking and skiing.
Popular Attractions: Abel Tasman National Park, Kahurangi National Park, Nelson Lakes National Park, World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum, Te Waikoropupu Springs, Wharariki Beach, Farewell Spit