New Zealand's Largest Cities

Travel southward visiting New Zealand's best cities, where European and Maori cultures mix, and picture-perfect nature awaits.

In this trip

  • Night LifeNight Life
  • CultureCulture
  • Great FoodGreat Food
  • BeachesBeaches
  • Historic PlacesHistoric Places

Trip itinerary

  • 1

    Auckland, New Zealand

  • 2

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • 3

    Christchurch, New Zealand

  • 4

    Queenstown, New Zealand

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Things to do in and around Auckland

  • Auckland skyline
  • Auckland view
  • Sky Tower above the CBD
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Upminster Avon Road LT RLH 50 MXX250
  • Tiritiri Matangi Island off the Whangaparoa Peninsula
  • Layered Sunrise
  • Auckland Art Gallery
  • Ponsonby
  • Rangitoto
  • New Zealand 2011
  • Waiheke Island
  • Bethells Beach
  • Auckland, Queen Street P1210421
  • Friday Ride
  • Twin Oak Drive - Cornwall Park - Auckland - New Zealand
  • Giraffes at Auckland Zoo
  • Hershey Park
  • Oneroa Bay
   
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Auckland

New Zealand, Auckland region

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Famed for its cultural diversity and vibrant energy, this metropolis boasts parks and museums, two harbors, and great restaurants.

Auckland in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country. Auckland has a population of 1,454,300 - 32 percent of New Zealand's population. It is part of the wider Auckland Region, which includes the rural areas and towns north and south of the urban area, plus the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, resulting in a total population of 1,570,500 that is governed by the Auckland Council. Auckland also has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world. In Maori, Auckland's name is Tamaki Makaurau and the adaptation of Auckland, to suit Maori phonetic rules, is Akarana.
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Things to do in and around Wellington

  • Monastery on the hill
  • Antique shops and others shops in main street of the heritage town of Carcoar New South Wales.
  • Te Papa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand) in Wellington
  • Cuba St Mall
  • 200510 museum of wellington
  • Approaching Matiu/Somes Island
  • Got any food? - EXPLORED
  • Wellington Botanic Gardens in spring.
  • Oriental Bay, Wellington
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  • Northern Walkway
  • Kaikoura Peninsula
  • Gainfully “employed”: cycling to the beach counts, right?
  • Otari-Wilton's Bush
  • carter observatory
  • Cw Wellington Mount Victoria Lookout
  • Nelson
  • Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand, 14 May 2006
   
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Wellington

New Zealand, Wellington region

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New Zealand's capital is a city with upbeat energies, boasting a thriving nightlife, rich museums, historic buildings, and more.

Wellington is the capital city and second most populous urban area of New Zealand. It is located at the south-western tip of the North Island, and is the world's southernmost capital city of a sovereign state. Wellington is marketed as the 'coolest little capital in the world' and its popular tourist attractions include Museum of Wellington Museum, Wellington Zoo, Zealandia and Wellington Cable Car. Cruise tourism is experiencing a major boom in line with nationwide development. Cafe culture is prominent and restaurants offer cuisines including from Europe, Asia and Polynesia.
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Things to do in and around Christchurch

  • Christchurch
  • Coffee Time in New Regent St
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  • Hagley Park
  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens
  • Tiger
  • Photo competition
  • Canterbury Museum in Christchurch
  • Willowbank Wildlife Reserve 10
  • 2276 Gondola
  • Casino in Christchurch, New Zealand 2006
  • Kaikoura Peninsula
  • Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand.
  • Christchurch Art Gallery
  • Christchurch Farmers' Market
  • 185 Empty Chairs - 2 year anniversary
  • Christchurch Cathedral
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  • New Zealand - Hanmer Springs - Hill
   
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Christchurch

New Zealand, Canterbury region

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New Zealand's third-largest city boasts an array of architectural styles, landmarks of cultural significance, and many green areas.

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Canterbury Region. The Christchurch urban area lies on the South Island's east coast, just north of Banks Peninsula. It is home to 381,800 residents, making it New Zealand's third most-populous urban area behind Auckland and Wellington. The river that flows through the center of the city (its banks now largely forming an urban park) was named Avon at the request of the pioneering Deans brothers after the Scottish River Avon, which rises in the Ayrshire hills near what was their grandfather's farm and flows into the Clyde.
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Things to do in and around Queenstown

  • Queenstown
  • Downtown Arrowtown
  • Queenstown 2013
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  • The Queenstown Market
  • Milford Sound, toward Mitre Peak on a fine day
  • Routeburn Track
  • Pool Surface
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  • Routeburn Track
  • Devil's Staircase to Lake Wakitipu - Queenstown, New Zealand.jpg
  • Wanaka Lake
   
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Queenstown

New Zealand, Otago region

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A resort town offering a plethora of thrilling activities among gorgeous landscape, as well as a fine galleries, eateries, and more.

A resort town, Queenstown boasted 220 adventure tourism activities in 2012. Skiing and snowboarding, jet boating, whitewater rafting, bungy jumping, mountain biking, skateboarding, tramping, paragliding, sky diving and fly fishing are all popular. Queenstown is a major center for snow sports in New Zealand, with people from all over the country and many parts of the world travelling to ski at the four main mountain ski fields (Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone). Cross country skiing is also available at the Waiorau Snowfarm, near Cardrona village.
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