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Auckland City is the largest city in New Zealand and was once the capital city of New Zealand until the capital was moved to Wellington due to its central location in 1865. It is one of the few cities in the world to be situated between two harbours. Parliament used to meet in what is now the Old Government House on the University of Auckland's City campus. According to Statistics New Zealand, as of June 2015, Auckland is home to approximately 1.5 million people 32 percent of New Zealand’s population. Auckland City is part of the Greater Auckland region which includes the rural areas, towns and Islands of the Hauraki Gulf. In the centre, the iconic Sky Tower has views of the Viaduct Harbour, dotted with yachts and lined with restaurants and cafes. Auckland is home to several sleeping volcanoes, which you can see throughout the suburban sprawl.

The Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Auckland 3rd place in the world on its list. While the Economist Intelligence Unit’s World’s most livable cities Index of 2016 ranked Auckland in 8th place. You can see landmarks such as the Sky Tower, the tallest building in the southern hemisphere and the Auckland harbour bridge. In terms of population it is the largest oceanic city outside of Australia. Auckland’s population is predominantly European in origin but due to immigration the proportion of Asian and non-European peoples is increasing. Most major international corporations have an Auckland office, as the city is the economic capital of the nation.

Auckland has a number of important educational institutions, including the University of Auckland. Auckland is a major centre of overseas language education, with large numbers of foreign students coming to the city for several months or years to learn English and to experience living in a different, foreigner friendly country. The people of Auckland have grown up with people of many different nationalities and backgrounds and this shows in their acceptance of foreign workers and students. As of 2007, there were around 50 New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) certified schools and institutes teaching English in the Auckland area.

Tauranga is the most populous city in the Bay of Plenty region which is situated in the North Island of New Zealand. As of 2015 it is the 5th largest urban area in New Zealand with a population of 130,800 people. The city is located on the south-eastern end of the Tauranga Harbour which is on the North-Western corner of the Bay of Plenty. The Port of Tauranga is New Zealand's largest port in terms of gross export tonnage and efficiency. Because of this Tauranga has become one of New Zealand's main centres for business, international trade, culture, fashion and horticultural science. Tauranga is also becoming an incredibly popular destination for New Zealand’s retirees due to the affordable housing and quiet, beautiful surrounding scenery. Due to the temperate climate, outdoor activities are very popular, including golf, hiking, mountain biking and white water rafting. The Bay of Plenty coastline has miles of golden sandy beaches, and watersports are very popular, including swimming, surfing, fishing, diving, kayaking and kitesurfing. There are also plenty of boat trips where people may also see dolphins.

Tauranga is one of New Zealand's fastest growing cities, with a 14% increase in population between 2001 and 2006 and an 11% increase between 2001 and 2013. This growth has allowed Tauranga to grow to New Zealand’s 5th largest city. Tauranga is situated along a fault line and therefore may experience infrequent seismic activity. This is also the cause of several dormant volcanoes visible from Tauranga. The most notable of these are White Island and Mauao, which the local people call “The Mount”.

Hamilton is the Largest and most populous city in the Waikato region of the North Island. Hamilton is located on both sides of the Waikato river, which carves through the centre of the city. It is home to about 224,000 people for the urban area and 156,800 for the territorial authority (June 2015 estimates), making it the 4th largest city in New Zealand. Hamilton is known in New Zealand as a student town with 40,000 tertiary students and 1000 PhD-qualified scientists. As such, Education, as well as research and development are important to Hamilton and Hamilton’s economy. Research through the University of Waikato and Waikato Institute of Technology has resulted in many innovations in agriculture for New Zealand’s farming industry. In addition to this, Hamilton’s good dairy farming location makes it an important part of New Zealand’s dairy production industry.

Hamilton also boasts the Hamilton Gardens, the Waikato’s most popular tourist attraction. Here one can see many themed, artistic and traditional style gardens of many cultures. The Hamilton Gardens host the “Hamilton Gardens Summer Festival” every year. The Base, New Zealand's second largest shopping centre is also located in Hamilton. 7.5 million people visit The Base every year to shop at any of the 190 stores. Te Awa, a speciality retail mall within The Base, was awarded a silver medal by the International Council of Shopping Centres for the second-best expansion in the Asia Pacific region. Other notable attractions also include the Hamilton Zoo, the Waikato Museum and the Hamilton Astronomical Society Observatory.

Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand and is the second most populous city with around 400,000 residents. It is located on the Southern tip of the North Island, north of the Cook Straight, which is the body of water between the North and South Islands. As the capital city, Wellington is the location of the Beehive, New Zealand’s parliament building which was named because of its resemblance to a beehive. Wellington is the location of the federal reserve bank of New Zealand and other unique buildings worth visiting including the Government Building - one of the largest wooden buildings in the world.

Wellington is often referred to as New Zealand's cultural capital. It is home to the National Archives, the National Art Gallery, the National Library and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa There are also numerous theatres and two universities, including Victoria University. It also plays host to the annual World of Wearable Arts, the Wellington Sevens, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Royal New Zealand Ballet

It is also the centre of New Zealand's film and special effects industries, and increasingly a hub for information technology and innovation. Here you can find the head office for WETA Studios, who did the special effects for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

Wellington also has a unique, well designed transport system including trains and electric busses. The busses are powered by electric powerlines running along the main bus routes in the central city area to reduce the use of fossil fuels. Wellington is also home to the beautiful Wellington Botanic Gardens which can be accessed by tram.

Wellington has an internationally recognized café culture and is known for its large number of coffee roasters and coffee shops. This may have contributed to the Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2011 naming Wellington as fourth in its Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2011, referring to it as the "coolest little capital in the world”.

Christchurch sits near the centre of the east coast of the South Island, east of the Canterbury plains. It is one of just four cities in the world to have been carefully planned following the same layout of a central city square with four complementing city squares surrounding it and a parklands area which embraces the city centre. The first city built with this pattern was Philadelphia with Savannah, Adelaide and Christchurch following. As such, Christchurch holds an important legacy and a strong platform for future development.

Christchurch has a history of involvement in Antarctic exploration–both Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton used the port of Lyttelton as a departure point for expeditions to Antarctica. Within the city, the Canterbury Museum has many historic artefacts and stories of Antarctic exploration on display. Christchurch International Airport still serves as the major base for the New Zealand, Italian and United States Antarctic programs. The International Antarctic Centre provides both base facilities and a museum and visitor centre focused on current Antarctic activities.

Christchurch boasts one of the highest-quality, purest and cleanest water supplies in the world. Water is pumped from the foothills of the Southern Alps via more than 50 pumping stations surrounding the city. It is naturally filtered and does not need to be treated using chemicals. The University of Canterbury, well known for their engineering and computer science departments plays an important role in supplying staff and doing research for New Zealand’s technology industries and the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology provides a flow of trained technicians and engineers. Lincoln University plays an important role in New Zealand’s areas of Agriculture and Business.

Christchurch is the second largest manufacturing centre in New Zealand behind Auckland, which is the second largest contributor to the local economy. Christchurch firms such as Anderson's made steel work for bridges, tunnels, and hydro-electric dams in the early days of infrastructure work. These days major products include light products with Australia as the target buyer.

Napier is a small city in New Zealand’s Hawkes bay region on the North Island. It is near another small city called Hastings, only 18 Kilometres South of Napier. New Zealanders often call these cities “The Bay Cities” or “The Twin Cities” of New Zealand. Napier has a busy port which is the primary export seaport for North-eastern New Zealand. Napier is the nexus of the largest wool producing area in the southern hemisphere. Large amounts of sheep's wool, frozen meat, wood pulp, and timber are exported from Napier’s seaport, as well as many fruits such as apples, pears and stone fruit. Smaller amounts of these materials are shipped via road and railway to the large metropolitan areas of New Zealand itself, such as Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton.

Napier markets itself as the Art Deco Capital due to its many buildings built with the art Deco style in mind. Art Deco is a style which was developed during the 1920’s and 1930’s and tourists with interest in this style flock to the city for its related attractions and activities. Other highlights include the Marine Parade, a tree-lined ocean boulevard with fountains, gardens, mini golf, statues and spas. The National Aquarium of New Zealand is located on the south end of Marine Parade. Napier’s style and it’s Mediterranean-like climate encourages the vibrant café and wine culture in the area. Wine is important to the Hawke’s bay region, which boasts over 70 wineries in the area. The region featured as one of the 10 best wine travel destinations in 2015 according to the Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2015.

Dunedin is the second largest city in the South Island and the main city of the Otago region. It was once the first officially declared city in New Zealand. Although it has since been passed in terms of population size by 6 other cities and is now the 7th-largest urban area in New Zealand. Despite this it is still considered one of the four main cities in New Zealand for historic and cultural reasons. In 1861 the discovery of gold at Gabriel's Gully, to the southwest of Dunedin, led to a rapid influx of people immigrating to Dunedin from overseas which lead to Dunedin becoming New Zealand's first city due to the large growth of population in 1865. The new arrivals included many Irish, but also Italians, Lebanese, French, Germans, Jews and Chinese. Many of these people were looking to make their fortune in the gold rush. Dunedin is famous in New Zealand for being a Student city with Otago being particularly well-known for it’s student and party culture. Otago was also New Zealand’s first university, being established in 1869. In the 2006 census it was found that 21.6 of the city’s population was aged between 15 and 24; this being considerably higher than the New Zealand average of 14.2 percent. It is fair to say that Dunedin’s most important economic activity centres around its tertiary education, being home to 4 notable universities despite its relatively small population size of around 120,250. The climate in Dunedin is overall recognized as having an oceanic climate but is noted for having several microclimates, with weather conditions varying between different suburbs. The city's climate is also affected by its proximity to the ocean. This leads to mild summers and cool winters. Winter is frosty but sunny, snowfall is common but heavy snowfall is uncommon except in the inland hill suburbs such as Halfway Bush and Wakari, which tend to receive a few days of heavier snowfall each year. Spring can feature "four seasons in a day", but from November to April it is generally settled and mild. Temperatures during summer can reach over 30 °C.

Queenstown is a resort town in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island. It is famous for tourism, often serving as a hub for tourists flying in and wanting to visit the surrounding areas. It is particularly famous for its adventure tourism which includes sky diving, paragliding, hang gliding and skiing. It is also the location of one of New Zealand’s two Skyline Gondolas. Here one may partake in Bungee jumping and riding the Luge, which is a type of cart which can be raced down a sloping track.

Queenstown is built around an inlet on Lake Wakatipu called Queenstown Bay. The lake was formed by glacial processes and has spectacular views of the surrounding mountains such as The Remarkables, Cecil Peak and Walker peak. There are many specialist English institutions in Queenstown as many people from overseas prefer to come to Queenstown to study English short term while enjoying the surrounding beauty and exciting activitie. These include Language Schools New Zealand, ABC College of English, and Southern Lakes English College. The Southern Institute of Technology based in Invercargill also has a campus in Queenstown.

Queenstown has been used a set for scenes in a number of films and television shows. This includes some scenes of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, a six-part drama series “Top of the Lake”, and some parts of the 2009 “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” film. Queenstown became particularly popular in South Asia after the release of Bollywood Blockbuster “Kaho Naa.. Pyaar Hai” which was partially shot there.