As we have told you on more than one occasion, there are many reasons to visit New Zealand: its amazing natural landscapes, its unique flora and fauna, the hospitality of its people, the Maori culture, the tranquility, the security … In fact In Vuela Viajes not only does it seem like an ideal place to travel, but also to live, being any of the two main islands that make it a perfect destination to study or work.
Today we move to this wonderful country of Oceania to take a tour of its main cities. Although many of the places that we show you below are not very touristy, they are the most important in terms of their population. Would you like to join us?
With more than 1 million inhabitants, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, as well as being the main transportation hub. It is located on the North Island, and although it is not the capital of the country, it is in terms of the economy. Surprisingly, the city is built between and on volcanoes , some of which are shaped like lakes, cones, ponds, islands, and depressions. Of course, all of them are asleep.
In the Auckland region we find the city of Manukau, the second in number of inhabitants. As well as being the home of Auckland International Airport, it is a cosmopolitan hub offering bustling markets, botanical gardens and New Zealand’s largest theme park.
About 300 kilometers from Wellington, the capital of the country, is Christchurch, a city located on the east coast of the South Island. Known as "the city of gardens", it suffered a major earthquake in 2011, which caused the destruction of much of the center. Still, it is still a beautiful city.
North Shore City
We return to the Auckland region to tell you about North Shore City, also known as North Shore and The Shore. The city is located near the Hauraki Gulf and is divided into three parts, Harbor, Northern and Central.
Regarded as the fifth most populous city in New Zealand, it was considered a territorial authority until 2010. It is now ruled from Auckland. As a curiosity, it is one of the few cities in the country that retains its Maori name.
The sixth most populous city in New Zealand is its capital, Wellington, which is located on the North Island. As it could not be otherwise, it is an important financial and business center, as well as being a cultural center, housing the ballet, the symphony orchestra, the Te Papa museum and the film production of New Zealand.
We continue our tour of New Zealand on the North Island, where we find the seventh most populous city in the country, Hamilton, which has grown a lot in recent years, among others thanks to the fact that it is a destination highly sought after by students .
Also on the North Island is the eighth largest city in terms of population. It is Tauranga, which is located on the east coast. It is one of the cities that has grown the most in recent years. In fact, in the last 3 decades the population has quadrupled , among other things because it is a city that attracts many retirees, as well as vacationers and surfers.
The ninth most populous city in the country is Dunedin, also known as New Zealand’s Edinburgh , as it has significant Scottish heritage. It is surrounded by impressive hills and has an extensive harbor.
Finally, we are going to talk about Lower Hutt, considered the tenth most populous city in the country. Located on the North Island, on the banks of the Hutt River, it has suffered heavy floods throughout its history. Thanks to its coastal location, it attracts many tourists at all times of the year. Also, it is important to note that it is home to excellent museums and art galleries.