Planning your next vacation to New Zealand?
Nature has crafted New Zealand with the enlivened beauty, and few of its destinations boast about the powerful forces that emerged via bubbling nature and hissing springs. What makes it more interesting are the sparkling coves, snowcapped peaks, rainforests, coastal glaciers, fish-filled rivers, and hell, a lot of adrenaline-fueled sports.
New Zealand carries a different breeze to travel around. It is a place where the traditional Maori culture mixes with the modernity of the cosmopolitan cities and brings an untouched charm to the tour. It is an otherworldly, photogenic, and friendly country that offers tourists unbeatable love for adventure and exploration.
For detailed ideas on cities to visit, read our list of the top attractions in New Zealand.
Auckland-The Kiwi City of Volcanoes
Weather: 19° C
Ideal duration: 4-6 days
Best Time: Summer months from December to February
It is one of the ancient cities of New Zealand and is the most populous one. The weather remains pleasant here, and the parks and gardens are lush and colorful. Summer is the ideal time to visit the beaches here as well as not to avoid Rangitoto and Waiheke. This vibrant city has a lot to offer to its people: clear skies, sightseeing, and Sky tower make it the best. People do visit it in this season for leisure and city flamboyance.
You can enjoy bungee jumping from the harbor bridge and the incredibly tall Sky Tower. These two places are the vantage spots of the city. Want to relax? Go to Albert Park to absorb the natural beauty of the town. Try participating in the cultural events of Auckland, I.e., the Auckland Festival, the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, and the New Zealand International Film Festival.
Experience the feeling of being lost in the winds of Auckland. Remember not to forget to view the love affair of this city with boats and the oceans.
Places to visit in Auckland:
- Sky Tower
- Cornwall Park
- Rangitoto Island
- Waiheke Island
- Auckland Art Gallery
- Auckland Zoo
Plan your magical journey today to this wonderful city.
Queenstown- Adventure Capital of New Zealand
Weather: 20° C
Ideal duration: 3 days
Best Time: December to February (summers) or June to July (winters)
Queenstown is a little town on the Southern Island but remembers, if you can faint easily, then this is not for you. If you’re a thrill-seeker, then Queenstown is going to be quite a memorable visit with a couple of marvelous and picturesque attractions. Winters are the perfect time to visit Queenstown. This is due to reasons like ski fields open during this period, which is the primary reason people visit Queenstown. The town is lively, vibrant, and relatively busy at the same time. You can plan treks here and take a swim challenge at the shores of Lake Wakatipu. People fond of skiing consider it home and go with their friends and family. Want to have the highest Bungy jump? Do plan the visit today and enjoy a couple of other revitalizing activities such as sky diving, ziplining, and a number of trekking trails via the nearby hills.
Places to visit in Queenstown:
- Lake Wakatipu
- The Remarkables
- Coronet Peak
- AJ Hackett Bungy
- Skippers Canyon
- Milford Sound
Try this as one of the best options for a weekend getaway in New Zealand, and make a unique bond with that place.
Rotorua- Amazing, Relaxing, and Adventurously Rotorua
Weather: 15° C
Ideal duration: 3-4 days
Best Time: March-May
The South Pacific Nature Spa- Rotorua is being called the international resort in the country for its bizarre landscape and enchanting features. The mineral hot pools, mud springs, and other geothermal activities make it similar to the scent of sulfur. The silica terraces are covered in different shades of pink and white that attract numerous tourists. The beauty in galore makes it a heaven for nature lovers.
The city is enveloped in astonishing mountain peaks, zigzagging streams, captivating and dense woods, heart-touching waterfalls, and various gorgeous freshwater lakes. It is a ‘geothermal wonderland’ and is home to several bubbling mud pools, smoky white clouds, steamy hot water springs, and overall breathtaking views around the city. Walk through the highlights of the town by planning a visit today.
Places to visit in Rotorua:
- Orakei Korako
- Blue Baths Pool
- Kerosene Creek
- Paradise Valley Springs
- Waitomo Glowworm Caves
- Mount Tarawera
4. Wellington- The positive and vibrant place to thrive
Weather: 17° C
Ideal duration: 7-10 Days
Best Time: March-May
Lavish cuisine, delicious wine, and world-class kicking coffee, what else do you need from such a city? It is the most populous and the capital city of New Zealand. Hugged by the majestic mountains and snuggles between the cozy hills, the town consists of the flat waterfront downtown to highlight its beauty further. The city never forgets the celebrations and the festivities of special events, carnivals, fairs, and festivals. Besides just the pleasant climate, beaches, and lively culture, the city has earned the world-famous film “Trilogy of The Lord of the Rings.”
The marvelous dainty houses with busy hillside architecture and a built-in typical Victorian timber architecture add to the beauty of this town. Due to the ever-blowing howling gales, it has also earned the nickname ‘Windy Wellington.’ Teeming with enchanting museums, art organizations, galleries, marketplaces, restaurants, and cafes, the vivid culture of this city encourages the street artists, graffiti painters, performers, buskers, dancers, etc., to jazz up the streets and entertain the crowds.
Places to visit in Wellington:
- Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
- Mount Victoria
- Wellington Botanic Gardens
- Wellington Cable Car
- Zealandia in Wellington
- City Gallery Wellington
5. Te Anau- Gateway to Fiordland
Weather: 14° C
Ideal duration: 2 days
Best Time: November, March
Te Anau is a small and peaceful town present on the South Island of New Zealand. It is majorly known as the gateway for hiking in the realms of Fiordland National Park, a town on the eastern shore of Lake Te Anau. The lake at Te Anau is the second largest lake in New Zealand. Tourism and agriculture draws the major primary source of income for this city.
Places to visit Te Anau:
- Kepler Track
- Glowworm Caves
- Doubtful Sound
- Milford Sound
- Fiordland National Park
- Fish Jet
Pull up your vacation gear and get a good and pleasing visit to these places!