The Best Cities In New Zealand For The First Time Visitor

The north island of the Kiwi nation can boast of hosting some of the best cities in New Zealand.

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Settled in the south-western Pacific Ocean the two main islands of the country are marked by volcanoes and glaciations. The capital city of Wellington is home to the expansive national museum of Te Papa Tongarewa. The dramatic Mt. Victoria, along with the South Island’s Fiordland and Southern Lakes were the star of Peter Jackson’s film series “Lord of the Rings”.

Lets have a look at some of the best cities in New Zealand.


Circling around 2 large harbors is the major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island. Marking the centre of the Auckland city is the iconic Sky Tower that gives views of Viaduct Harbor lined by the bars and cafes and is full of super yachts. Based around an extinct volcano is the city’s oldest park, Auckland Domain and is home to the formal Winter gardens.

In the fine neoclassical building is the Auckland War Memorial Museum. The Queen Street is a major shopping hub of the city and sees a major shopaholic crowd. For you wish to spend some time getting lost in cool breeze sipping a cup of coffee the Cornwall Park, Auckland is the place to be at.


Sitting near the North Island’s southernmost point on the Cook Strait is the compact capital city of New Zealand. The city is nicknamed as “Windy Wellington.” for the strong winds striking the city from the Cook Strait. Encompassed in the city are a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, and embracing the charms are colorful timber houses on surrounding hills.

Take the iconic Wellington Cable Car connecting to the Wellington Botanic Gardens and delve in the lovely views. Apart from this, visit the Zealandia wildlife sanctuary and the Weta Caves featured in the Lord of the Rings movie.


Located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island this is one of the best cities in New Zealand which is known for its English culture – Christchurch. On the Avon River meandering through the city centre are the flat bottomed punts.

Evenings are best spent cycling by the river bank or a stroll in the green expanse of Hagley Park. Even after a massive destruction post two earthquakes the city has regained a lot and the stories from past can be seen at the Quake City museum.


Hamilton is a city in the Waikato region and is about sprawling parks and gardens themed on the Italian Renaissance to Japanese and traditional Maori styles.

Apart from this several Maori art and artefacts are on display at the Waikato Museum. Neighbouring the museum is the Arts Post gallery that focuses primarily on local art. Lined by the many restaurants, cafes and bars is the buzzing Victoria Street.


At the head of Otago Harbour on the South Island is the city of Dunedin. The city’s Scottish and Maori heritage and Victorian and Edwardian architecture are a major attraction.

Home to colonies of albatross, sea lions and rare yellow-eyed penguins is the adjoining Otago Peninsula having a dramatic landscape created by hiking and cycling trails crisscrossing around. Besides this, the places of attraction includes Otago museum, Dunedin Botanic Garden and the picturesque Tunnel Beach.


Set amid the renowned wine-producing region of Hawke’s Bay is the city of Napier. The 1931 earthquake has left the city with art deco landmarks like the zigzag-patterned Daily Telegraph Building.

Symbolic of the city is Pania of the Reef statue depicting a Maori maiden. Other top sights include Cape Kidnappers, Te Mata Peaks and the verdant park of the Centennial Gardens.

A trip in New Zealand is all the more a place to be loved by all. No matter if you are a backpacker, a luxury traveler, a couple or a family the charm and enigma is so gonna  keep you attached to its history complimented by beauty.

If you think I missed any of the cities in New Zealand, that should not be missed, please let our readers know in the comment section below.

Mohit Agarwal

Mohit Agarwal is a civil engineer by profession & started travel blogging to share his experiences while traveling to new places without any planned itinerary, as it adds up to more adventure & exploring more about the city. He also loves photography to capture natural views with no or minimal filters.

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