Auckland is the largest metropolitan area in both Polynesia and New Zealand, with a population of around 1.5 million people. Roughly one third of New Zealand's entire population reside in Auckland. Auckland is in the northern half of the North Island, on a narrow isthmus of land that joins the Northland…
Blenheim is the largest town in the Marlborough wine growing region in the northeast of the South Island of New Zealand. Blenheim is always in the hunt for the title of New Zealand's sunniest town but is often pipped at the post by its close neighbour Nelson. It has a…
Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand with a 2013 population over 341,000. The city was established in 1850 by Anglican English settlers and this heritage shows in its fine older buildings, especially the neo-gothic buildings in the cultural precinct along Worcester Boulevard and Rolleston…
Dunedin is a city in New Zealand, at the head of Otago Harbour on the South Island’s southeast coast. It's known for its Scottish and Maori heritage, Victorian and Edwardian architecture and a large student population. Hiking and cycling trails crisscross the dramatic landscape of the adjoining Otago Peninsula, home…
Fox Glacier (Māori: Weheka) is a village on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. The village is close to the eponymous Fox Glacier.
Gisborne is a sunny seaside town on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is a popular summertime destination as it has a relatively warm, dry and sunny climate, swimming and surf beaches with a more relaxed pace of life than the larger cities. It is…
Glenorchy is a small town in New Zealand near Queenstown and an outdoor enthusiasts paradise. Walkers, photographers, adventures, holiday makers have all found themselves captivated by the amazing wilderness and southern kiwi way of life.
Greymouth is at the western terminus of the TranzAlpine line. Although it is located on the South Island's west coast, The town sits along the bank of the Grey River (named in honour of sir george Grey), about half a mile inland.
Hamilton (Kirikiriroa in Māori) is an inland city in the Waikato region of New Zealand's North Island. The Waikato River, New Zealand's longest river, flows through the middle of the city. This effectively cuts the city in half, with Hamilton West containing the Central Business District and main shopping areas.…
Hokitika, gateway to the South Westland World Heritage Area, is on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. You can easily experience the vibrant art, culture and heritage of Hokitika firsthand. Many artists have their workshops in town and there are numerous ways to relive the old days.
Invercargill is the most southerly city in New Zealand. It is the service city for the farms of the Southland plains at southern end of the South Island. Built in the late 19th and early 20th century, its wide streets and century old buildings give the visitor a unique feeling.
Kerikeri is a popular tourist destination in the famous Bay of Islands on the North Island of New Zealand. For a time, Kerikeri had the town slogan It's So Nice They Named It Twice.
Napier is a city in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The city is famed for its Art Deco architecture, and contains the largest concentration of inner-city Art Deco buildings in the world.
Nelson is the second oldest settled city in New Zealand and the oldest in the South Island. Nelson is situated in a region often known as Nelson Tasman or the "Top of the South." Together with Richmond, it has a population of around 50,000 ranking it as New Zealand’s tenth…
New Plymouth is the biggest city in the Taranaki region, located on the western coast of the North Island of New Zealand, about midway, but quite far west, between Auckland and Wellington. It lies on the coastal plains just to the north-west of Mount Taranaki.
Palmerston North is in the lower North Island of New Zealand. It is situated in the Manawatu district. Palmerston North has a population of approx. 75,000, is the seventh largest city in New Zealand and is the largest provincial city in the region.
The seaside town of Picton is the South Island base for the ferry service that links the main islands of New Zealand. It’s also the gateway to the marine, forest and island attractions of the Marlborough Sounds.
Queenstown is a scenic town in the South Island of New Zealand. It's one of the most beautiful regions and offers year round attractions. The town sits on the edge of Lake Wakatipu and is surrounded by the Southern Alps.
Rotorua is known as the thermal wonderland of New Zealand. Its hot springs and geysers have attracted tourists for over a hundred years. Along with the geothermal wonders, there are also the more usual water activities such as fishing, boating and white water rafting.
Taupo is a town in the central North Island of New Zealand. It lies at the northern end of Lake Taupo, at its outlet into the Waikato River. Taupo's urban centre is very compact and it is within easy walking distance of most hotels, motels and hostels as are a…
Tauranga is the major city of the western Bay of Plenty on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is the fifth largest city in the country, and is 105 km east of Hamilton and 85 km north of Rotorua, and about 20 km north of…
Te Anau is a small town on the shore of Lake Te Anau, in the Southland region of the South Island of New Zealand. Te Anau is the gateway to Fiordland National Park, or simply Fiordland. The major tracks that can be started from the surrounding area include: Kepler Track, Routeburn…
Wanaka is a town situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand. It is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park.
Wanganui is a city on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It lies at the mouth of the Whanganui River, which flows from Mount Tongariro via the Whanganui National Park. The district has a population of approx. 44,000.
Wellington is the capital and second largest city of New Zealand. It is located at the south-western tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. The Windy City is built on the foreshore of Wellington Harbour and ringed by mountains, providing the scenic home of many…
Whangarei is the major population centre of Northland and the northernmost city in the North Island of New Zealand with about 50,000 residents.