Tourism is not slowing down in New Zealand. When we think of this country, we picture sprawling sceneries, rich wildlife, and stunning waterscapes.
But it has more to offer besides the natural outdoors. New Zealand also boasts of lovely and lively cities that tourists can explore. Here are the top three urban areas that you must visit:
The Cultural Capital – Wellington
The city is nestled in a harbour and because of its location and weather, it has earned the monicker Windy Wellington. But more popular than its nickname is the really great places that you can go to.
Discover New Zealand’s cultural, social, and biological history by visiting Te Papa national museum. The good part about it is that entering it is free.
If you are done with revisiting the cultural past of NZ, taste your way around the city and try its beers, coffee, farm food, and seafood.
The city has successfully integrated culture, nature, and development.
Go vintage while roaming around Cuba Street or see the whole city against the harbour on top of Mount Victoria. And do not miss the historic Wellington Cable Car!
The Bustling Melting Pot – Auckland
This is a city that speaks of diversity. Its residents are a mix of Europeans, Pacific Islanders, Asians, and Maori. This means that behind its urban setting, it also reflects a blend of different cultures thriving in unity.
The Sky Tower is the city’s most visible and unique landmark. It’s where you can have a 360-degree view of Auckland. Dare yourself to experience adrenalin rush by doing the Sky Jump, a 192-metre drop.
Auckland is also home to some nice beaches and natural attractions like Muriwai Beach, Rangitoto Island, Waiheke Island, Great Barrier Island, or Hauraki Gulf.
For a glimpse of the city’s history, you can drop by the Auckland Museum or enjoy shopping or immersing in the city nightlife, especially along the harbour.
The Most Resilient City – Christchurch
One of the most popular places in the southern hemisphere, Christchurch continues to become a picture of resiliency and urban development. It is the hopping point of those leaving for Antartica.
Although the city has been wrought with earthquakes, it proved that it can thrive despite the natural calamities.
When it comes to historical galleries, the Canterbury Museum is your go-to place. The majestic pounamu (greenstone) pieces in its Maori section are a sight to see.
Do not miss the city tour! You can roam around on a traditional bike, a double-decker bus, or the Christchurch tram tour.
The beauty of New Zealand, of course, cannot be summed up by only three cities.
For tourists, there are more cities and towns to be explored. And the more that you explore New Zealand, the more you will grow to love it.
As the country continues to develop and promote tourism, expect more memorable and exciting places to visit and experience, enticing you to love New Zealand more and more.