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Top 15 cities in New Zealand

Island, volcanos, snow capped mountains, rivers and forests all of these are present in one country and that is New Zealand. This country is a beautiful destination for travel and to study abroad. This country is an island surrounded by the southern Pacific Ocean and has two land masses which are the right and south Island. There are over 700 islands and the currency here is New Zealand dollar or NSD. The official languages spoken here are English, Māori and the NZ Sign language. There are ziplines and other amazing outdoor activities you can explore.

Wellington :

Wellington as we all know is the capital city of Newzealand. This city is filled with activities and many areas to explore. This city is located at the south western tip of the Northern islands. It has beaches and mountains where you can swim and trek. This city is also known for its food and it’s the culinary capital of New Zealand and has several cafes and award winning restaurants. Some of the places to visit here are the Wellington cable car, Museums, The beehives, Mount Victoria and more. The population here is 2.13 lakhs. The average household income is $37,314 and the cost of living for a single person for a month is $3,234. 

The con in this city is that there are cold winters and windy weather and the pros in this city are there is good food and there is always something to do.Some of the universities here are the Victoria University of Wellington, University of Otago Wellington, New Zealand School of music and more.

Auckland :

Auckland has a lot of places to trek. The volcanic island in Rangitoto is one of the best places to trek. This city has a huge population and it is a huge metropolitan city. In this city you have the famous iconic sky tower from which you can view the Viaduct harbour. This city also has an international airport which is busy. You can have a good nightlife here. The population here is 16.6 lakhs. The median household income is $55,425 and the cost of living is $1,000. Some of the places to visit here are the Silo park, sky tower, trekking, war memorial and more. The con in this city is that it has a laid back lifestyle and the housing is expensive. The pros in this city are that it has good landscapes and good food. Some of the best universities in the city are the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology and more.

Dunedin :

The city Dunedin is called the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ and it has Scottish and Maori heritage. This city is picturesque and has a good nightlife. This city is the second largest city in the southern island and it is famous for its art. This city has a huge student population. Hiking and cycling are fun activities to do here. Some of the places to visit here are the Larnach Castle, Otago Peninsula, museums, Royal Albatross centre and more. The population here is 1.29 lakhs. The median household income is $50,356 and the average cost of living here is $2,921. The cons in the city are that the weather is not good and the house renta is high. The pros in the city are there are the best beaches and good trekking to do. Some of the universities here are University of Otago, School of Pharmacy, School of Performing arts and more.

Christchurch :

Christchurch is a city which is located on the east coast of the southern island. This city is good to explore and has plenty of green spaces. This city also has the nickname “Garden City of the Plains”. There are rivers and beaches in this city. The population here is 3.82 lakhs. The median household income is $1,280 and the cost of living per month here is $833. Some of the places to visit here are the Botanic gardens, Canterbury museum, Wildlife reserve and more. The cons in this city are that the weather is not great and they are still rebuilding the city. The pros are that there are many things to explore and it has a good dining scene. Some of the universities here are the University of Canterbury, NASDA, Ara institute of Canterbury and more.

Tauranga :

Tauranga is a coastal metropolitan city which is located in the Bay of Plenty on the northern island. There is an active volcano on the White Island here. This city has white sand beaches and beautiful coastlines. Some of the places to visit here are Mount Maunganui, McLaren Falls, Art Gallery, Kaiate falls and more. The population here is 1.32 lakhs. The median average income is $95,106 and the cost of living here is NZ$4,059. The cons in this city are that it is expensive and the pros are that this island is on the beach and has good employment opportunities. Some of the best universities here are the University of Waikato, Tauranga boys college and more.

Napier :

Napier is one of the most romantic cities to visit in Newzealand and it is located on the northern island. It has several beaches and museums to visit. This city was built after a destructive earthquake. This city is the largest producer of wool, apples, pears and stone fruits. 

The population here is 65,000. The average median income here is $28,000 and the cost of living per person is $1,210. Some of the places to visit here are Cape Kidnappers, National Aquarium of New Zealand, Estate Winery and more. The con in this city is that it has a laid back lifestyle and the pro is that there are less crimes here. Some of the universities here are Eastern Institute of Technology and Tairawhiti Polytechnic.

Queenstown :

This is the city that can be so exciting to visit because it is filled with numerous fun filled activities. There are beautiful scenic trips and ski resorts. This city is located on the South Island’s lake Wakatipu and has a backdrop of the stunning Southern Alps. The population here is 15,450 . The average median income is 128,835 and the cost of living is $7,846. Some of the places to visit here are Kiwi Birdlife Park, Milford Sound, Shotover River, Skippers Canyon and more. The con in this city is that it’s expensive to live and the pro is that this city is beautiful and fun to visit. Some of the Universities here are The University of Otago. 

Nelson :

This city has some of the best festivals to celebrate as they host several of them such as the Art Expo Nelson, Winter music festival and more. This place is known for its history and you can get souvenirs from here, especially coffee as it is famous here. The other famous places are the long beaches and national parks. This city also receives good sunshine. The population here is 52,900. The average median income is 83,490 and the cost of living here is NZ$6,160. Some of the places to visit here are the national park, beaches, Queens garden and more. Some of the universities here are the Nelson Marlborough institute of technology, Bishopdale Theological College, musical arts and more.

Palmerston North :

Palmerston North is the Eight largest cities in New Zealand. This city is famous for its Rugby museum, art, science and history museum. This city is also known for its Rose gardens and it also has another name called the “Rose City”. This city also has beautiful rivers such as the Manawatu river and Victoria Esplanade river. The population here is 88,300. The average median income is 66,000 and the cost of living per month is$756. This city does not have many cons but the pros are there is a good quality of life. This city is big and very friendly. Some of the universities here are the Massey University, IPU institute and more.

Rotura :

Rotura is located on the northern island of New Zealand. This city is known for its geothermal activity and it is a part of the Volcanic zone. It has bubbling mud pools shooting geysers and natural hot springs. The population here is 77,300. The average median income is 83,800 NZD and cost of living per month is 772NZ$.

Some of the places to visit here are Te Puia, Polynesian Spa, Volcanic valley and more. The pro is that there are good outdoor activities and the con is that this city is smelly.

Hastings :

Hastings is one of the best cities in New Zealand because of its Mediterranean climate, hence you can visit this city all throughout the year. This city is known for its wineries and delicious seafood. There are plenty of orchards and boutiques. The population here is 88,000. The average median income is $22,600 and the cost of living per month is 1375. Some of the places to visit here are the Splash planet, art gallery, farmers market and more. The pros in this city are that there are less crime rates

and good schools the con is that there are less job opportunities. The University here is the Lindisfarne college.

Taupo :

This is a small town in the centre of New Zealand’s north island. There are lakes and many outdoor sports such as cycling, boating, fishing activities can be done. Bike trails and trekking are the other preferred activities here. There are also falls here. This town is famous for fishing and brown trout. The population here is 26,000. The median average income is 2,439 and the cost of living here is $1325. Some of the places to visit here are the lake Taupo, Huka falls, boat ride and more. The con is that it is a laid back city and the pro is that  there are many outdoor activities to do. Taupo-nui-a-Tia college is located here.

Whangarei :

This city is the northernmost city in New Zealand and it is the capital of the region of Northland. Whangarei falls is the most famous place here. There are also beaches where you can enjoy. The population here is 95,600. The median household income is 88,269 and the cost of living here for a person $1,593. The pros in this city is that the rent is cheap and there are beaches and the con is that the transport is not efficient. The college here is the Excellere college. 

Invercargill :

This city is located on the southern tip of New Zealand and it is the capital of Southland. This city has a good collection of vintage automobiles. It has flower displays, sports activities, bars and restaurants. The population here is 57,100. The average median income is 79,500 NZD per year and the cost of living per month is $1226. Some of the places to visit here are the Queens park, Southland museum of art and gallery, water tower and more. The pros are that this city is a good place to live with a good climate and there are not many cons. The University here is the southern wing of Invercargill.

New Plymouth :

New Plymouth is an important city of the Taranaki region, New Zealand. It has the coastal walkways and mesmerizing botanical gardens. This city receives adequate sunlight and it’s vibrant. There are many galleries and restaurants. The population here is 80,695 people. The median average income is $56,160 and the cost of living here is 1,400 NSD. Some of the places to visit here are the  galleries, coastal walkaways, Puke Ariki and more. The pros in this city are that the government is progressive and it is least corrupt and the con is that there are a lot of mosquitos and sandflies. The University of Plymouth is located here.

This is a wrap up of the fifteen cities in New Zealand. Each city has its own pros and cons to it. 

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