New Zealand’s most popular cities

If New Zealand is the country of your expat dreams but you’re not sure where to settle then read all about the country’s top three cities!


The Beautiful city of Auckland is New Zealand’s most populated urban area and the largest city in the country. The 2011 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Auckland the 3rd best place to live in the world. The city is a melting pot of differing cultures with the majority of inhabitants claiming European, Asian and Maori origin. The biggest ethnic group are British descendants making Auckland a home away from home.


Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city with a population of 1.4 million

The city has three harbours, is surrounded by two mountain ranges and has more than 50 islands offshore

Auckland was initially known as ‘Tamaki Makau Rau,’ meaning a maiden with 100 lovers.

It is the world’s 23rd most wealthy city

The Sky Tower located in Auckland is the tallest free standing structure in the entire Southern Hemisphere.

Main Attractions

Auckland is home to the spectacular and world famous Sky tower, the tallest free standing structure in the Southern hemisphere. Visitors can climb to the top and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding area. The area where the tower is located even has a 360 degree revolving restaurant called Orbit. For the daring individual you can even take part in a Sky jump off of the Sky tower! Auckland beautiful scenery makes it the perfect place to embark on a round of golf, a spot of fishing or sightseeing.


There’s nowhere else in the world like Christchurch, New Zealand’s second largest city. Within two hours of the international airport you can ski, play golf, bungee jump, hot air balloon, whale watch, surf and visit wineries and spectacular gardens. Despite suffering from an Earthquake in 2011 the ‘Garden city’ has recovered and remains one of the best places to live in the world.


Christchurch was the first official city in New Zealand

The city’s population is 348,400

The city receives 2,100 hours of sunlight per year

The city is linked to the English town of Christchurch

Christchurch is also geographically unique because it is one of the world’s eight pairs of cities that have a near-exact antipodal city (a city on the exact opposite side of the earth). A Coruña, Spain is Christchurch’s antipode.

Main attractions

Christchurch is full of things to do whatever your hobbies or passions. Animal parks and adventure activities can be found all in the region where Christchurch resides. The sea is close by and there are plenty of whale watching tours to try. Stunning scenery and natural wonders are all around the city with Lake Pukaki and the Christchurch botanical gardens being a must see.


The resort city of Queenstown is a centre for adventurers. Activities ranging from power boating, skiing, mountain biking and fishing are all within easy reach in this city. The stunning natural beauty of New Zealand’s South island is a big draw for people searching for a life in an unspoilt wilderness. Many locations in the Lord of the Rings trilogy were shot in Queenstown and its surrounding area. It is popular with young international and New Zealand and Australian travellers alike.


The oldest person to bungee jump off of the city’s Kawarau Bridge was 94

The sunniest month ever recorded was November 1937 with 302.3 hours of sunshine

There are 82 registered wineries in Central Otago.

In July 1995 snow fell for 11 consecutive days in Queenstown and lay on the ground for 14 days.

Main Attractions

Queenstown is full of activities and attractions, from extreme sports to leisurely boat cruises the city caters for everyone. If you want excitement via land, sea or air then Queensland is the place for you. The city has a vibrant nightlife and beautiful scenery making it a perfect place for nature lovers and hikers.