Popular Destinations in New Zealand
The capital of New Zealand, Wellington is situated between Rimutaka Range
and Cook Strait. Due to its strategic location, the city was a center of
trade. Wellington was chosen, in 1839, to be the first major planned
settlement for British immigrants. The city is named after Arthur
Wellesley, victor of Battle of Waterloo and first Duke of Wellington.
Wellington is lined with architectural masterpieces like the New Zealand
Parliament Building nicknamed ‘Beehive’’ due to its form and the Government
Building which is among the largest wooden buildings in the world.
Wellington is also known to be the cultural capital of the country and is
home to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Royal New Zealand Ballet, the
National Library and other cultural establishments. Major attractions in
Wellington include Museum of New Zealand-Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington
Botanic Garden, Wellington Zoo, Weta Cave, Old St. Paul's Cathedral, City
Gallery Wellington, and Mount Victoria Lookout.
Auckland is located on the North Island of New Zealand. The city is
multicultural and is home to the largest Polynesian community in the world.
Auckland is one of the biggest cities on New Zealand's North Island and is
one of the major cities in the whole country. It's a world-class city with
some unbelievable nature right at its doorstep. Most often, Auckland is the
point of entry for travelers visiting New Zealand. The harbor-side city is
the economic nerve center of New Zealand and an educational and artistic
hub. Auckland boasts some of the finest art galleries, theatres, museums,
and multiple landmarks for visitors. Harbour Bridge, Auckland Art Gallery
Toi o Tamaki, Sky Tower, Auckland Zoo, and Auckland War Memorial Museum are
among the popular attractions here. The city’s suburban coastline is lined
with sandy beaches.
The largest city on the South Island of New Zealand, Christchurch is
certainly one of the best destinations in New Zealand to enjoy a variety of
scenery from the ocean to the Alps. Christchurch is fondly known as ‘the
Garden City’ and is home to Hagley Park, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve,
Botanical Garden, and pocket gardens. The city is dotted with cityscape
boasting remnant stone buildings and distinct architecture. Other major
attractions in Chrictchurch include International Antarctic Centre,
Canterbury Museum, Christchurch Gondola, Bridge of Remembrance, Quake City,
Christchurch Art Gallery, and Mount Cavendish.