Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, sits Tāmaki Makaurau. The city of sails is home to a third of our population and is our single biggest user of electricity.
The Tron is New Zealand’s largest inland city, comfortably straddling the mighty Waikato river. It’s got our fourth largest population and some very high-quality op-shops.
The most southern capital city in the world boasts over 400 cafes and restaurants, and a terrible climate. The wild wind generates the regions electricity and destroys umbrellas. But you know what they say... you can’t ever beat Welly on a good day.
Ōtautahi is the largest city in the South Island and the third most populous in country. It also takes bronze for Hagley Park – the third largest park in the world! It’s the gateway to Antarctica too – so if you’re looking to chase some penguins, you’ll have to go through Christchurch first.
Home of the scarfie, the world’s steepest street and the pride of the south - Speights Brewery. Fair to say this historical city is pretty choice. And that includes being close to our southern hydro stations that generate much of our renewable energy.
Rotorua’s 17 surrounding lakes serve all the natural delights. With bubbling mud and natural hot pools, the geothermal pools of the region have been revitalising locals and tourists alike for over a century.
This beachy Bay of Plenty town also has a fair whack going for it. Outside of the dreamy weather and white sand beaches, Tauranga is home to Lynley Dodd, the legend who created Hairy Maclary, AND the National Jazz Festival, which has been running since the 1960’s!
Nelsons got some of the most sunshine hours in Aotearoa! There aren’t very many other places where you can access three national parks, golden beaches, lakes, mountains and 11 breweries all at once.
Approximately 75,000 Palmerston Northians live in Palmy, making it one of the largest provincial cities in the country. The turbines of Te Āpiti wind farm wave in the background from the hills of the Manawatu Gorge.
Neighbouring windy Wellington, Te Awa Kairangi ki Uta is Aotearoas' sixth largest city. Upper Hutt is a popular choice for avid mountain bikers and those who love a good ol' stroll in nature.
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