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7 superb cities and cities to go to in New Zealand


Cities are inclined to have a vibe about them, a way that one thing could be occurring simply across the nook. Cities maintain an vitality that’s infectious; and oh boy, is that true of New Zealand cities.

A ardour for artwork, avenue wall murals, stay music, comedy, meals markets, espresso, eating places and bars make New Zealand cities and cities an amazing place to go to. This assertion is underpinned by the premise that our cities are a lot smaller in measurement than larger nation cities, however ours supply a vibe that may wrap you up and take you in. Our cities supply eclectic, distinctive, genuine, heritage experiences that swimsuit most any style.


As the most important metropolis in New Zealand, Auckland is the colourful financial coronary heart of the nation. This is the place worldwide flights land, it’s the place a lot of the worldwide companies host their head-offices and as such is a serious contributor to the financial wealth of New Zealand. But there may be extra to this vibrant metropolis than internet hosting head-offices and a wholesome financial system.  There is a plethora of attractive eating places, artisan espresso retailers, galleries and designer boutiques.

There are alternatives for enjoyable round each nook; whether or not that’s crusing out of Waitemata harbour on a chartered fishing boat or hopping aboard a dolphin and whale watching cruise. The metropolis is exclusive in that it connects two coasts, the calm Pacific Ocean with its white sandy seashores on the east coast and the wild Tasman Sea with black sand and untamed wilderness to the west.

There are quite a few islands scattered alongside its shoreline, one of the vital well-known is Waiheke, the island of wine. The island is tiny however its local weather is ideal for the 30 odd vineyards nestled within the rolling hills. So, if island hopping is on the playing cards, then join a trip throughout the Hauraki Gulf.


A real nature lovers haven, referred to as the “town of trees and champions.” It is a small city with a giant popularity for producing champion horses in racing and show-jumping, a lot in order that it has earned the popularity because the equine capital of New Zealand. But that’s not its solely notable accolade; in 2019 it was given probably the most lovely massive city award.

With a curious and charming village really feel, this quaint city is a gateway to a number of tourism must-dos. Rotorua, famend for its geothermal exercise, Maori tradition and redwood forests, solely an hours’ drive from Cambridge.

The Hobbiton film set, solely 30 minutes away and a very magical expertise. This was the noteworthy location used for the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. With day by day excursions via the “shire”, you’ll be able to immerse your self within the smells, sights, and sounds of this unimaginable movie-set.

Waitomo city, additionally a brief one-hour drive from Cambridge is understood for its intensive underground cave system which is house to 1000’s of glow-worms. Known as one in every of New Zealand’s finest environmental points of interest; a magical boat-ride via the grotto to view this pure mild show will depart you awestruck by this distinctive marvel of mom nature.


The vibrant harbour metropolis of Wellington lies on the south coast of the North Island, referred to as the Cook Strait. The strait basically separates the North and South Islands. It connects the Tasman Sea on the northwest with the South Pacific Ocean on the southeast.

As the second-largest metropolis in New Zealand, it is called the culinary capital. Wellington is well known for its uncommon cafes, distinctive bars, gorgeous espresso, and award-winning eating places.

Wellington homes Te Papa, New Zealand’s nationwide museum, which happened on account of the nationwide museum and nationwide artwork gallery merging. This is an unimaginable area, with world-leading shows and exhibitions.

Gallipoli, it’s the present exhibition, is an impressive and ground-breaking activation that tells the story of a WW1 scene in Gallipoli via the ‘voices’ of eight strange New Zealanders. The haunting commentary as one strikes via giant-sized sculptures, 3D maps, and interactive experiences convey the truth of conflict to life in an uncommon and memorable manner.


Nelson is a metropolis on the South Island of New Zealand, dealing with the Tasman Bay. It’s recognized for native arts and crafts, nice espresso, eating places and galleries. It can also be the doorway to a few of the most lovely alpine and coastal landscapes, extremely lovely bays and mountain ranges. There are three nationwide parks on its doorstep, every with a various vary of sightseeing and exploration alternatives.

Established by English settlers in 1841, town’s historical past is showcased at Founders Heritage Park, a dwelling museum with a classic railway. Also, to be discovered on the park is the Miyazu gardens, named after its Japanese sister metropolis.

It’s a well-liked base for close by caving websites, cycle tracks, vineyards and simply accessible by way of ferry from the North Island or native airports within the South Island. A metropolis with probably the most recorded sun-shine hours is tough to beat, clearly!


Known because the backyard metropolis with an English heritage, Christchurch is situated on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The metropolis was destroyed by two earthquakes, one in 2010, the following got here in 2011. It has grown again right into a thriving, inventive metropolis, with pleasant folks, scrumptious gourmand meals vehicles, speak-easy bars and the ever-present espresso shops. By now you could have realised that espresso is a typical thread via New Zealand tradition?

The metropolis centre gives a path of avenue artwork, a possibility to take a flat-bottomed punt to glide down the Avon River, biking paths and the inexperienced expanse of Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens with the Arts Centre on the outer border. The Art centre is a Christchurch landmark, house to galleries, museums, cinemas, boutiques and artisan eateries and properly price a go to any time of the yr.

Christchurch lies inside the Canterbury area, and as such can also be the basecamp for adventures, exploration and scenic journeys. The TranzAlpine prepare gives a splendid alternative to get pleasure from a few of the most spectacular surroundings, with massive reclined seats and big panoramic home windows. The prepare traverses via the open Canterbury plains, via rugged gorges and valleys after which ascends into the majestic Southern Alps.

With little to interrupt your journey, this can be a possibility of a lifetime to see the attractive vastness of the South Islands’ inside panorama.


Situated on the head of Otago Harbour, Dunedin is on the South Island’s southeast coast. It’s recognized for its Scottish and Maori heritage in addition to Victorian and Edwardian structure. And very like the opposite cities featured right here, this one is simply as promising by way of espresso, boutiques, eclectic eateries and bars.

Dunedin’s Public Art Gallery, established in 1884 is famend for being house to a number of the nation’s best collections, showcasing items from New Zealand, Japan, Britain, Europe and extra.

Street artwork is one thing that New Zealand cities are embracing with a ardour, and lately, Dunedin joined the decision; bringing in native and worldwide mural artists to color blank-walled canvases. A stroll round city is definite to unearth some superb inventive treasures.

The title “Dunedin” comes from the Gaelic phrase for “Edinburgh,” and Dunedin is often known as the “Edinburgh of the South”. True to this Scottish heritage, Dunedin’s whisky manufacturing is recognised as being a few of the finest on the planet.

Hiking and biking trails traverse the dramatic panorama of the adjoining Otago Peninsula, which is the place the one mainland breeding colony of Northern Royal albatross will be discovered. The Peninsula can also be house to the endangered Hookers Sea Lion, who’re one of many rarest sea lion species on the planet.

Taking a wildlife tour via the peninsula might also supply the chance to view the endemic and uncommon yellow-eyed penguins, the place round 500 breeding pairs nest and stay.

Finally, no matter your trip intentions are, there’s something for everybody, whether or not touring as a single individual, a household or a gaggle of buddies, you’ll be able to relaxation assured that that is no scarcity of actions to swimsuit all tastes.

New Zealand cities supply the customer a broad vary of city-life fundamentals, in as far as meals, boutiques, galleries, bakeries, bars and eating places is worried. And greater than that, our cities are the gateway to a lot extra. They are the spring board to untold pure wonders and delights, which will be explored by foot, bicycle, prepare, boat or automotive.

Launch your self into the superb Aotearoa, New Zealand, allow us to welcome you right here. Kia ora.

Veronika Vermeulen is Director of Aroha New Zealand Tours Ltd. Aroha New Zealand Tours Ltd. has been providing 100% tailor-made journeys and personal guided luxurious experiences in New Zealand since 2000.

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