The majestic "City of Sails" is surrounded by water, which defines its sparkling appeal. The magnificent harbour is reminiscent of other famous waterside cities, but with its own unique charm. The site of the 2000 & 2003 America’s Cup, Auckland has a rich maritime history. Auckland is relatively small geographically, which makes it a pleasure to explore on foot. It has a dynamic population that makes it a cosmopolitan, sophisticated city, with an easy, friendly and comfortable feel to it.
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Christchurch, located in the province (region) of Canterbury, is the largest city on the South Island, yet remains a friendly and welcoming city compact enough to easily explore on foot or bicycle. Following the 2010-2011 earthquakes, Christchurch has re-emerged as a vibrant, ever-changing city that Lonely Planet has listed it as one of the top 10 cities to visit in 2013. The rebuild of the central city continues but this is a truly unique time to visit the city and witness the changes happening every day.
Dunedin, on the rugged east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, is a city of style and creativity where man and nature meet. Officially founded in 1848 by the Free Church of Scotland, it’s home to twenty five thousand students at the University of Otago who mingle with the town’s landed gentry to create an eclectic destination that enthralls all who pass through. Surrounded by deep blue harbour on one side and rolling misty hills on the other, Dunedin’s lush green dales and old world architecture pay tribute to the city’s Scottish heritage. Dunedin is a creative hub that attracts the country’s leading designers in every field from fashion to music and architecture, graphics and jewellery.
The self-proclaimed adventure capital of the world Queenstown has, without a doubt, earned its title. The birthplace of the Bungy jump, and home to all manners of adrenaline pumping activities from luge and jet-boating to canyon swinging and, of course, bungeeing. Set on the edge of giant Lake Wakatipu in the Otago region in the southwest of New Zealand’s south island, come winter, this quiet little town transforms into a buzzing ski resort. The two closest and most popular ski fields are Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, which are under the same management. But it’s not too far to Cardrona, especially if you have hired a car.
The capital city of New Zealand is nestled between rolling hills and a rugged coastline on the southern tip of the North Island. As well as offering some of the best urban views in New Zealand, the city is popular for its arts and culture. Wellington is home to the National Museum (Te Papa), the national opera and ballet companies, and is the heart of the nation’s film and fashion scenes. With more restaurants and cafés per head than New York, Wellington also offers an unequalled gastronomic experience.