Popular Cities in New Zealand

Top cities in New Zealand, page 1, based on popularity among TravBuddy members.

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Auckland #1 most popular location
Auckland has new Zealand's largest population and is located near the top end of the North Island. It's population growth has been matched by soaring house prices and limited supply. New …
1,921travelers 139reviews 229blogs
Christchurch #2 most popular location
Christchurch is the gateway to the South Island of New Zealand. Many international visitors will either in arrive or depart from this largest, centrally located, South Island city. Christ…
586travelers 46reviews 98blogs
Queenstown #3 most popular location
Queenstown is to New Zealand what Ko Phan Ngan is to Thailand. That is, Queenstown is an undisputed party capital. New Zealand’s reputation amongst backpackers precedes it: the place to go …
194travelers 92reviews 119blogs
Rotorua #4 most popular location
Named after the nearby lake and nicknamed Sulfur City, Rotorua is a small New Zealand North Island city known for its geothermal activity, a quirk that leaves the smell of Sulfur forever drif…
69travelers 40reviews 73blogs
Wellington #5 most popular location
Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, is – like much of New Zealand – set on a harbor, surrounded by undulating hills and home to plenty in the way of outdoor adventure. Wellington has a h…
641travelers 41reviews 52blogs
Taupo #6 most popular location
There's just something about New Zealand that sparks the inner adventurer in everyone. Perhaps it is the majestic skylines, the deep-blue waters, or the lush forests that cover entire regions…
37travelers 25reviews 36blogs
Dunedin #7 most popular location
The second-largest city on the South Island of New Zealand, and one of the main centers for the country as a whole, Dunedin sits at the head of Otago Harbor on a series of hills and valleys o…
141travelers 21reviews 26blogs
Wanaka #8 most popular location
Most commonly known as the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park, Wanaka is a resort town in the Central Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand, nestled on the southern banks of La…
26travelers 16reviews 28blogs
Nelson #9 most popular location
When you first hear the name it almost sounds fairly bland, like an unseasoned steak or a bad red wine. But, just as you cannot judge a book by its cover, you cannot judge a town by its name,…
88travelers 9reviews 23blogs
Kaikoura #10 most popular location
Located on the southern coast of Marlborough between Christchurch and Blenheim, Kaikoura is one of the most famous places in New Zealand if you are coming for the seafood. Technically it is n…
13travelers 9reviews 24blogs
Napier #11 most popular location
Napier is proclaimed the "Art Deco City" of the world, after it was re-built in the 1930s in the wake of a very destructive earthquake. The city was re-built using traditional art deco techni…
40travelers 6reviews 13blogs
Paihia #12 most popular location
Located within the Bay of Islands in the Northern part of the North Island, New Zealand, Paihia is a town full of tourist attractions. Paihia serves as an excellent base for cruises and ex…
11travelers 9reviews 14blogs
Picton #13 most popular location
Picton is the port for the Inter-island ferry from Wellington and arrives after a delightful 3 hour cruise through the Marlborough The ferry transports trains, trucks, cars and passengers a…
1travelers 11reviews 22blogs
Hamilton #14 most popular location
Hamilton is the largest inland city in New Zealand and 5th largest city overall. It lies in the Waikato region of the north island. Because of its location along the Waikato River, it has a h…
121travelers 12reviews 19blogs
Tauranga #15 most popular location
The city of Tauranga is the largest coastal city in the Bay of Plenty region and although it has typically been a place to retire to, it's growing rapidly and there is plenty to see and do fo…
99travelers 6reviews 6blogs
Franz Josef #16 most popular location
Nothing more than a dot on the map in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand, Franz Josef is nothing more than a little town in the middle of nowhere, built in reference to …
6travelers 9reviews 28blogs
Te Anau #17 most popular location
Te Anau is a small tourist town located on the edge of the Fiordland National Park in the south island of New Zealand. The name Te Anau is taken from the largest South Island lake that the…
5travelers 7reviews 16blogs
Blenheim #18 most popular location
Blenheim is not yet a city, only a large town of 32000 people. There is good shopping in the town and in the outskirts at Springlands, and Redwoodtown and Renwick. The town is situated alon…
22travelers 21reviews 3blogs
Milford Sound #19 most popular location
Considered to be the 8th Wonder of the World by Rudyard Kipling, as well as booked by New Zealand as their most famous tourist destination, and arguably one of the world’s most ecotacular-d…
34travelers 10reviews 32blogs
Hanmer Springs #20 most popular location
Hanmer Springs is approximately 1.5 hours drive North of Christchurch. In recent years the hot springs resort has been upgraded providing visitors with world class facilities. The scenery i…
4reviews 4blogs
Fox Glacier #21 most popular location
Fox Glacier is a small township located about 3 hours from Greymouth on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. This area is called ¨Glacier Country¨ as there are 2 glaciers in c…
3travelers 6reviews 11blogs
Greymouth #22 most popular location
Greymouth the main centre of the Grey District lies beside the Tasman Sea and the Grey River. It is the geographic and commercial heart of the West Coast, with the largest population. Today i…
13travelers 5reviews 10blogs
Invercargill #23 most popular location
Invercargill is New Zealand's most southern city in New Zealand and is located on the Southern Scenic Highway. The south island has a Scottish influence as can be seen in Invercargill with t…
18travelers 4reviews 7blogs
Manukau City #24 most popular location
1travelers 3reviews
Kerikeri #25 most popular location
Kerikeri, home to many historic buildings, is the largest town in the Northern part of the North Island, New Zealand. The oldest surviving house in New Zealand, Mission House or Kemp Hous…
11travelers 2reviews 7blogs
Palmerston North #26 most popular location
Palmerston North or in Māori Te Papa-i-oea is the main city of the Manawatu-Wanganui region of the North Island of New Zealand. It is an inland city with a population of 79,800 (June 2008 es…
59travelers 1reviews 3blogs
New Plymouth #27 most popular location
New Plymouth is located on the west coast of the North Island, about 5 hours drive from both Auckland and Wellington. It is a much looked over attraction which is locally well-known for its b…
46travelers 1reviews 5blogs
Whangarei #28 most popular location
Whangarei is the northernmost city and capital of the Northland Region in New Zealand. Located by the coastline, Whangarei is famed for its laid-back reputation with Quayside being a popular …
36travelers 5reviews 5blogs
Hokitika #29 most popular location
Hokitika is a township on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, 40 kilometres (25 Miles) south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. The town has a population of…
5travelers 3reviews 6blogs
Oamaru #30 most popular location
Oamaru is known for its penguin colony, viewable at night in summer in hundreds rushing up ashore. Do not miss the Historical District, Penny Farthing Factory and Lime Stone Sculptures!
8travelers 4reviews 9blogs
Lake Tekapo #31 most popular location
Lake Tekapo is near Mt Cook which is New Zealand's highest mountain. Its waters and views are a must see. There are accommodations there and some activities to do.
3travelers 3reviews 7blogs
Gisborne #32 most popular location
20travelers 2reviews 3blogs
Whitianga #33 most popular location
Whitianga is on the east coast of the north island and is considered part of the Coramandel Peninsular. It is a great spot for tourists hoping to fish or kayak. The town is a big game-fis…
7travelers 1reviews 4blogs
Coromandel #34 most popular location
The Coromandel is a rugged, densely forested peninsula where rivers force their way through gorges and pour down steep cliffs to the sea. Teh peninsula, with its beautiful coastal scenery and…
8travelers 3reviews 6blogs
Westport #35 most popular location
1travelers 7blogs
Punakaiki #36 most popular location
Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. The community lies on the edge of the Paparoa National Park. The Pancak…
2travelers 3reviews 5blogs
Hastings #37 most popular location
17travelers 1blogs
Motueka #38 most popular location
7travelers 2reviews 7blogs
Akaroa #39 most popular location
1travelers 4reviews 7blogs
Turangi #40 most popular location
1travelers 1reviews 2blogs
Tongariro #41 most popular location
The name Tongariro originally covered the three mountains of the park (Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu) and comes from tonga (south wind) and riro (carried away). The story goes that Ngatoro…
4travelers 4reviews 17blogs
Arrowtown #42 most popular location
Arrowtown is small historic gold mining town on the South Island of New Zealand. It is a great destination for a day-trip if staying in the area. It is central to the region's fabulous wineri…
1travelers 3reviews 5blogs
Ohakune #43 most popular location
1travelers 2reviews 1blogs
Russell #44 most popular location
Go to the bay of islands and not visiting Russel is.....verry bad indeed!! Russell hase everything Pahia "a ferry ride away" does´nt have!wonderfull helpfull and friendfly people, Nice scen…
1travelers 3blogs
Waitomo #45 most popular location
Waitomo is famous for its limestone caves. Tours through the Waitomo Cave (more commonly know as the Glow-worm Cave) and the Aranui Cave have been feature attractions for decades and are sti…
6travelers 3reviews 10blogs
Raglan #46 most popular location
Raglan is a quaint little surfing town located just an hour west of Hamilton, New Zealand. In addition to great surfing, there are lots of unique shops and restaurants. It is a relaxed town a…
4travelers 2reviews 9blogs
Cambridge #47 most popular location
Cambridge is located in the Waikato region of New Zealand. It is located about 25 kilometers southeast of Hamilton on NZ 38, along the Waikato River. It's population is about 15,000 persons…
11travelers 2blogs
Wanganui #48 most popular location
Wanganui is a city with about 40.000 inhabitants that is surrounded by wide green hills. The city is located on the southwest coast of the North Island. In 1840 this town was founded and …
17travelers 5blogs
Abel Tasman #49 most popular location
Abel Tasman National Park (established in 1942) is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track. It also has a mild climate and is a go…
4travelers 5reviews 6blogs
Mount Maunganui #50 most popular location
21travelers 5reviews 2blogs
Bay of Islands #51 most popular location
5travelers 3reviews 7blogs
Takaka #52 most popular location
Takaka is a small town situated at the southeastern end of Golden Bay, at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island. Located on the lower reaches of the Takaka River. it lies at the star…
1travelers 1reviews 4blogs
Cromwell #53 most popular location
Cromwell is a small town in Central Otago on the South Island of New Zealand. It has a tiny population of 4,080 and is usually used by buses as a stop-off and link to Queenstown and Wanaka. …
4travelers 1blogs
Franz Josef Glacier #54 most popular location
Franz Josef Glacier located on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand and is situated within the rainforest of Westland's National Park. Commerical guided tours are operated on …
2travelers 5reviews 1blogs
Timaru #55 most popular location
14travelers 2reviews 2blogs
Stewart Island #56 most popular location
5travelers 2reviews 9blogs
Methven #57 most popular location
2travelers 1reviews
Whakatane #58 most popular location
18travelers 2reviews 2blogs
Thames #59 most popular location
Thames, sits at the bottom of the Firth of Thames. It is located on the road that is used by many on their way to the Coramandel Peninsular. Thames came about during the gold rush with m…
9travelers 9blogs
Twizel #60 most popular location
1travelers 1reviews 6blogs
Arthur's Pass #61 most popular location
The Southern Alps of New Zealand run down the west side of the mountain. Arthur's Pass is a popular route to get from the the green hills of Canterbury to the beaches of Westland. The ele…
1travelers 1reviews 2blogs
Cape Reinga #62 most popular location
6travelers 1reviews 9blogs
Matamata #63 most popular location
8travelers 4reviews 5blogs
Mount Cook #64 most popular location
4travelers 2reviews 5blogs
Abel Tasman National Park #65 most popular location
1travelers 2reviews 8blogs
Warkworth #66 most popular location
3travelers 2reviews 1blogs
Kaitaia #67 most popular location
Kaitaia is a town located in the far northern end of the North Island, New Zealand. The area has a prominent Maori population. Despite its small size, Kaitaia is home to many fine beaches …
7travelers 3reviews 1blogs
National Park #68 most popular location
National Park, this is the name of this small town on the North Island in New Zealand. It has less than ten streets. There is a train station , but no church. Biggest thing in this town is th…
1travelers 1reviews 9blogs
Tekapo #69 most popular location
4reviews 5blogs
Haast #70 most popular location
2travelers 4blogs
Kaiteriteri #71 most popular location
Kaiteriteri is a major tourist destination because it is the leaping off point for walkers of the Abel Tasman National park walk. Water taxis and launches take the walkers and their packs to …
1reviews 3blogs
Havelock North #72 most popular location
Situated at the heart of Hawke’s Bay Wine Country, Havelock North Village nestles on the Heretaunga plains at the foot of spectacular Te Mata Peak. The majestic “Sleeping Giant” silho…
9travelers 1reviews
Waitakere #73 most popular location
1reviews 1blogs
Ashburton #74 most popular location
17travelers 1reviews 2blogs
Hahei #75 most popular location
1reviews 4blogs
Paraparaumu #76 most popular location
7travelers 1reviews
Piha #77 most popular location
2travelers 2reviews 3blogs
Gore #78 most popular location
Gore is a small town in Southland New Zealand. It is mainly a sheep farming community but for the tourist it lays claim to being the Brown Trout Capital of the World and even has a large tro…
3travelers 2reviews
Geraldine #79 most popular location
5travelers 1reviews
Glenorchy #80 most popular location
Tairua #81 most popular location
3travelers 2reviews 1blogs
Huka Falls #82 most popular location
Huka Falls also know as Hukanui = Maori for great body of spray. A footbridge crosses the Waikato River above the falls. A great torrent of water that plunges through a narrow cleft in the r…
2reviews 1blogs
Porirua #83 most popular location
7travelers 3blogs
Waiheke Island #84 most popular location
Waiheke Island, a small but quite popular island among national and international tourists, is located at the Hauraki Gulf east of Auckland and west of Coromandel Peninsula. Once upon a ti…
9travelers 1blogs
Ahipara #85 most popular location
1travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Otorohanga #86 most popular location
Otorohanga is a small town surrounded by hilly landscape on New Zealand’s North Island. It’s located about one hour by car to the south of Hamilton. This town is known for its great l…
1reviews 1blogs
Te Puke #87 most popular location
Te Puke is "the Kiwifruit capital of the world" and the whole town services the surrounding areas orchards. Not only Kiwifruit but Avocardos and citrus are grown in the Bay of Plenty region.…
5travelers 5reviews 5blogs
South Island #88 most popular location
33travelers 14blogs
Coromandel Peninsula #89 most popular location
The Coromandel Peninsula has some of the North Island's finest coastal scenery and beaches.
6travelers 4reviews 1blogs
Whakapapa #90 most popular location
Whakapapa village lies at the western foot of Mt. Whakapapa, one of three volcanoes in the Tongariro National Park. The Department of Conservation Visitor Centre has displays showing the his…
1reviews 1blogs
Dargaville #91 most popular location
3travelers 3blogs
Waitomo Caves #92 most popular location
The Waitomo Caves, located on New Zealand’s North Island, are a must for many travellers because these caves offer the varied package of history, nature and adventure. The Waitomo region…
2travelers 5blogs
Tirau #93 most popular location
Tirau is located on NZ 1 between Hamilton and Taupo. It's a small town of about 700 persons in population. Tirau is a great place to stop over for lunch, a stretch, or a cup of coffee. Be …
1travelers 2reviews 1blogs
North Island #94 most popular location
18travelers 3blogs
Manapouri #95 most popular location
Mount Cook National Park #96 most popular location
2travelers 3blogs
Cardrona #97 most popular location
Cardrona is a tiny location with less than 200 inhabitants about an hour away from Queenstown and close to Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island. In the 1860’s Cardrona played a signif…
1reviews 1blogs
Marlborough Sounds #98 most popular location
The Marlborough Sounds covers, many different Sounds; Queen Charlotte, Pelorus, Kenerpuru and Mahau, all of which are really buried drowned Valleys, flooded by the ocean many million years ag…
2travelers 1reviews 4blogs
Waihi #99 most popular location
About an hour South of Auckland, along SH2, lies the small town of Waihi. You approach it by winding through the beautiful Karangahake Gorge, which itself is a terrific spot to stop and expl…
3travelers 1reviews
Orewa #100 most popular location
3travelers 2blogs