Auckland is a large city in which there is plenty for visitors to see and do. The best views of this urban area can be found by ascending the Sky Tower, which is the highest freestanding tower in the Southern Hemisphere - it is also possible to sky jump or sky walk from here. The nightlife in Auckland is top notch, and there are plenty of markets, boutiques, and department stores for visitors who want to get some shopping in.
Christchurch is the most interesting city in the South Island of New Zealand. The architecture of the city centre is very English, and it is a nice place to walk around. Many explorers have set off from Christchurch to explore the Antarctic, and a number of museums in the city discuss the history of these explorations. There are also some superb natural attractions around the city, including Orana Wildlife Park, and the Summit Road.
Other Top Cities to Visit
Home to the picturesque Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton Zoo and some lovely river walks. The Waikato River, New Zealand's longest river, flows through the centre of Hamilton.
Nelson is a small city located on the coast and home to some of the best scenery to be found in New Zealand. Paragliding and skydiving here are two incredible experiences you won't forget in a hurry.
Queenstown; beautiful but bonkers, this city has an incredible blend of incredible mountain scenery and awesome adventure sports opportunities – from bungie jumping to parasailing and skiing.
Full of thermal wonders, Rotorua is built over a geothermal hotspot. Here, you'll see geysers, hot pools and bubbling mud pools and be able to enjoy a hot mineral spring spa.
Wellington is the capital of New Zealand but retains much of the charm of a much smaller city. Visit the Zealandia Sanctuary, clamber to the top of Mount Victoria or chill in Oriental Bay.