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8 Spectacular New Zealand Cities That Will Inspire Your Next Adventure

With its lively towns, breathtaking mountains, and gorgeous beaches, New Zealand's terrain is just magnificent. Soon you will be able to leap out of an aircraft, explore enigmatic caverns, swim with sharks, enjoy hot air balloon rides, cruise on high-speed boats, and so much more! You are guaranteed to arrange your next exciting trip among these eight breathtaking cities in the North and South Islands of New Zealand.

1. Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most diverse city, meaning there is something to do for anybody, anybody. Take a leap of faith and do a tandem skydive over the harbor and islands in Hauraki Gulf, trek through the sparse and naturally endowed Tāmaki Makaurau rainforests located within the central business district or simply lie on black sand beaches and watch over the volcanic islands in the Hauraki Gulf. Another beauty of Auckland is there are fantastic restaurants, lively bars, engaging museums, and an active Maori culture.

2. Queenstown

Situated on the brink of the enormous Lake Wakatipu, the first town of Queenstown has a breathtaking Southern Alpine background. Ski and snowboard the amazing slopes, in winter then mountain bike or bungee jump in summer. If the weather allows, spend the day drinking wine on the paths providing breathtaking views of the alpine or in the Gibbstone or Arrowtown areas. Great cafés and eateries abound where one may get a bite when weary of touring the beach.

3. Wellington

It is a progressive capital city that boasts fabulous arts, culture, and cuisine. Small shops and coffee shops are located alongside Cuba Street while national museums and galleries offer the best in arts and cultural collections. Cable car: Well<|reserved_special_token_281|> and botanic garden or go whale watching near the coast of the city. Craft beer has always been a thing in Wellington and there are so many amazing breweries and pubs to be found.

4. Rotorua

For uniquely bizarre terrains and Maori cultural experience, Rotorua in the North Island should be your destination. From geysers to warm springs, this geothermal area is as geologically active as one could dream of, with hot water to soothe your tired muscles after a day of hiking. It is recommended to learn about Maoris’ customs at Whakarewarewa Thermal Village or ride through Redwood or Tokorangi forests to get the feeling of the magical world. And if you are a fan of beautiful lake looks, then there is no place better than Rotorua.

5. Franz Josef Glacier

When it comes to New Zealand and the South Island in particular, a trip is incomplete without witnessing one of the huge glaciers. Franz Josef Glacier is one of the natural attractions that are found in New Zealand, and it is situated in Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Plan for a guided tour across the vast icy plains that have been created over thousands of years for the chance to glimpse the magical crevasses and ice grottoes. Or take a helicopter ride up as high as the snow-capped peaks for that bird view that no one can ever forget.

6. Wanaka

The town of Wanaka is all the same within an hour's drive from Queenstown but way less crowded. Lying along the picturesque Lake Wanaka and nestled among the towering peaks, this alpine town offers adventure for the daring heart and serenity of the soul. Or, go bungee jumping over the lake, climb up Roys Peak for a photo shoot, or rent a small boat and row out to the infamous Ruby Island. Start your evenings dining with a view while sitting at the lake shore.

7. Napier

Napier is located on the east coast of North Island; it stands as one of the world’s best examples of an urban city with the feeling of a small town by the sea. This Art Deco visitors’ favorite was reconstructed in Art Deco style after the disastrous earthquakes of 1931. Stroll down the beautiful streets and appreciate vibrant historic buildings or hop over to Napier’s award-winning wineries. Best farmer's markets, good eating places, beautiful coastal walkways, and architectural design make Napier a definite stopover.

8. Dunedin

Dunedin, a college town with a Scottish background and gorgeous sandy beaches close to the coast, is home to fascinating fauna and a fervent student population. See the yellow and blue penguins on the Otago Peninsula, or search the shore for albatrosses, dolphins, and seals. Visit Speight's Brewery, Cadbury's Chocolate Factory, or nearby wine businesses then eat at some of the top restaurants in the world offering real cuisine produced locally. But Dunedin is trendy and gritty with graffiti and indie music, not just about the beautiful face.

New Zealand boasts stunning sceneries anywhere one goes and a vibrant city life with lots of flavors in foods, music, and events. From the adrenaline rush that comes with bungee jumping to a serene experience where you want to be surrounded by pristine landscapes, these 8 spectacular cities in the North and South Islands will help you plan your next epic escape!