Map of New Zealand
Map of Main Cities and Places to Visit
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Akaroa is a small town on Banks Peninsula which has a lot of French influence, including some street names written in French.
Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand with two oceans on either side of it. Due to this, Auckland is often called the city of sails. Go up the iconic Sky Tower for amazing views of the harbour and the entire city. Read more about Auckland
Blenheim, in the Malborough Region is famous for its vineyards. Along with Nelson, it is the sunniest town of New Zealand.
Bluff is the oldest European town of New Zealand. Near Bluff there is a large chain that connects the South Island to Stewart Island.
Cape Reinga is the northern most part of New Zealand. Here you will find a beautiful lighthouse with signpost nearby pointing to different cities from around the world and the distance to them. This is also the point where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea.
Christchurch is the main city of the South Island and a base for visiting the skifields in the mountains and also for expeditions to Antartica. Read more about Christchurch
The Coromandel Peninsula is covered in native forests and the coastline contains amazing beaches and incredible views. A lot of surfers come to Coromandel due to the good waves.
Dunedin is a university city with a stronge Scottish heritage. It even has the only castle in New Zealand in the nearby hills. Read more about Dunedin
Franz Josef Glacier
Experience the beautiful 12km Franz Josef Glacier up close or try one of the hiking tours on the glacier that suit all levels of fitness and ability.
Gisborne is the first city in the world to see the sun. Around Gisborne there are many vineyards and great beaches for surfing.
Greymouth is a town with a history of jade (greenstone) hunting, gold mining and dramatic river floods.
Haast is a very small town you come across after going through the beautiful Haast Pass. The rarest subspecies of kiwi, the Haast Tokoeka, are only found in the mountains of this region. Check out the waterfalls that are nearby.
This city at the heart of the Waikato Region has New Zealand's longest river flowing through it. The city has a strong connection with the farming industry and also has one of NZ's eight universities.
Fruit, wine and 1930s art deco architecture make Hastings an appealing city to visit. Take time to visit one of the more than 40 wineries in the region.
Hokitika is home to New Zealand's finest Pounamu (jade/greenstone). You can even watch the carvers at work. Nearby you have the Rimu forest and granite cliffs of the Hokitika Gorge
Invercargill is the southernmost city of New Zealand. Its wide streets and century old buildings give the visitor a unique feeling of stepping back in time.
In Kaikoura it is possible to go whale watching and also to swim with dolphins. The town is also well-known for its seafood, especially crayfish (rock lobster).
Kaitaia is New Zealand's northern most town that has a Maori, English, and Croatian heritage.
Kerikeri is the home of the best oranges in New Zealand. You will also find the country's oldest building here. Just across from the Stone Store is a replica maori village.
Described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages leaving cliffs rising vertically from the fiord. You can also see waterfalls sometimes as tall as 1000 metres coming down their sides as well as seals, penguins and dolphins in the waters. Read more about Milford Sound.
Napier is known as the Art Deco City because of its most comprehensive collection of inner-city art deco buildings in the world. Napier is also the home to some of the oldest wineries in the country.
Nelson, the sunniest city of New Zealand, is well-known for its art galleries and craft shops. Nearby there are also three national parks.
New Plymouth is the major city of the Taranaki Region though has one many awards due to its positive attitude towards cyclists and pedestrians. A must do is to check out the Botanical Gardens or walk along the waterfront.
Oamaru is a small town on the coast. One of its main attractions is the Blue Penguin colony where you can see the world's smallest penguins in their natural environment.
Opotiki sits in a wonderful natural environment, close to the Pacific Ocean coast and the Raukumura mountain range. Here you can experience world-class fishing, diving, hiking and a wealth of other activities.
Paeroa is a small town known for its mineral springs which provide the water used in the New Zealand soft drink, Lemon & Paeroa.
Palmerston North is a university city and is home to the New Zealand Rugby Museum.
Picton is in the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound at the top of the South Island. The Inter-island ferry that leaves Wellington in the North Island ends its journey at Picton.
The famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes are a 20-minute loop walk at Punakaiki. These natural rock formations are a must to see.
Queenstown is known as the Adventure Capital of the world. Situated on beautiful Lake Wakatipu, this small city is surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in New Zealand. More about Queenstown
Rotorua has the world's most lively fields of geothermal activity with its many geysers, hot springs and boiling mud pools. Also have a maori cultural experience by visiting an authentic pre-European Maori village, a Maori dance performance or even a traditional hangi. Read more about Rotorua.
Taupo sits on Lake Taupo, the largest in New Zealand. A nearby attraction are Huka Falls where over 220,000 litres of water crash over the cliff every second.
Tauranga is home to many kiwifruit and avocado orchards and Mount Maunganui, its neighbour just across the bridge, is famous for its magnificant beaches.
Te Araroa has the oldest and largest pohutukawa tree in New Zealand. Near Te Araroa you can go pig and deer hunting, take fishing trips, scenic drives and also Maori history tours.
Once one of the largest cities in the 19th century due to gold mining and Kauri logging, Thames is now known as the Gateway to the Coromandel.
Timaru has been constructed on rolling hills created from the lava flows of an extinct volcano. It is also the place of the world's first manned flight, a year before the Wright brothers.
Waihi is a small city known for its gold mining history. It also has the best fish & chips in NZ at Waihi Beach.
The place of the signing of the historic Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 between Maori leaders and the British Crown. Here you can visit a Maori meeting house (marae) and also see a long waka (maori canoe).
Waitomo Caves contain an underground labyrinth of limestone caves and formations with the glowworm caves being being a major attraction. Read more about Waitomo Caves
Wanaka is a resort town on the edge of Lake Wanaka and offers many outdoor opportunities both in Summer and Winter.
Nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills, Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. It is home to parliament and has a vibrant arts culture. Read more about Wellington.
Originally a gold town and then a coal town, Westport is now a centre for outdoor adventures – jet boating, underground rafting, caving, white water rafting and kayaking. There is also a seal colony nearby at Cape Foulwind.
Also known as Wanganui, this city on a river of the same name. The city is picturesque with many heritage buildings. Visit the regional museum and see the magnificent collection of Lindauer portraits and Maori treasures.
Relax at a quayside café or go to the most photogenic waterfall in New Zealand. Whangarei is a sub-tropical city with much to offer.
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