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Written by Tanmayee on October 23, 2020 Share on

Best City Breaks in New Zealand That You Shouldn’t Miss Out On!

New Zealand is a beautiful country that you must-visit if you haven’t already. People rave about its charming countryside towns and the stunning scenery, which they should, but that’s not all that New Zealand has to offer. This place is also home to some of the finest metropolitan cities in the world. So, if you’re looking for a nice city break in New Zealand, then I’ve got a few options for you. We have curated a list of some of the best city breaks in New Zealand that are definitely worth visiting.

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Best City Breaks in New Zealand

Auckland City in New Zealand

Auckland city in New Zealand
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I’d be foolish to not include Auckland in the list of best city breaks in New Zealand. Located on the northern part of North Island, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city. It’s so well located that you get to savour pleasant weather, hit the beaches when you want to kick back and relax, and of course, you get a buzz out of the city life.

With a population of over 1.5 million people, you can imagine how vast Auckland is and how many things it has to offer. This place is so diversified that you can have a scenic and urban experience in one place. From shopping in New Zealand’s most famous boutiques, eating meals at Michelin-starred restaurants, partying your night away at the popular night clubs to driving down extensive coastlines, and catching a ferry to Waiheke Island for wine tasting, you can do anything and everything in Auckland. And the best part is, the city has some of the best transportation systems to help you get around without any hassles.

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Queenstown city in New Zealand
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Queenstown is a charming little city located on the South Island of New Zealand. The place looks surreal with its dramatic southern alps and majestic lakes that make it a truly unique place in the world. The city might be small but there are heaps to do and plenty to see that appeals to each and every visitor.

Besides the stunning scenery, it has to offer, Queenstown is also the adventure hub of New Zealand. You can combine your love for nature with a thrilling adventure. You can do something extremely adventurous like skydiving, bungee jumping, mountain biking or you could also opt for something little less dangerous. Queenstown has plenty of adventure sports and water activities that any person can take part in. Oh, and I forgot to mention the main part – food. You must head to the town to try out some lip-smacking food that you’ll find in NZ. You’ll find several restaurants that serve delicious food, but New Zealand’s favourite is the Fergburger, which is a perfect blend of gourmet with fast food. I guess now you know why Queenstown is one of the best city breaks in New Zealand.


Christchurch city in New Zealand
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A city that was rattled by the dreadful 2011 earthquake, but bounced back stronger than ever before, is Christchurch. Unlike the other cities in New Zealand, Christchurch makes you feel like you’re in England with its leafy avenues, historical monuments, well-manicured gardens and shopping alleys. You’ll be in awe to see how the city rose from the ashes and transformed itself into something extraordinary.

Although you might not have many activities to do in Christchurch, it’s still a perfect place to spend some leisure time. Stroll around the streets to witness the modern city with its newly renovated architecture after the earthquake. Luckily, there are still some historic buildings that stood strong despite the earthquake which you must visit. You should also visit the beautiful gardens in Christchurch and maybe also go punting on the Avon River. Later in the night, head to the Christchurch Casinos, which are considered famous across New Zealand or visit one of the best restaurants in Christchurch. Christchurch is one of the best city breaks in New Zealand, especially, if you’re looking for something leisurely.

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How can we miss out the capital city of this beautiful country? Wellington might not be a large city but that’s what it makes it a perfect place for a short city break. You can choose to stay for two to three days to explore the places in Wellington. The city is so compact that it becomes so easy and convenient for you to move around.

From museums to botanical gardens through sandy beaches, there’s so much to see and do in Wellington. Even if you’re not able to visit most of the attractions, you shouldn’t miss out on the hobbit museums. They are definitely worth visiting. Oh, did I mention that Wellington is the culinary capital of New Zealand? This capital city is famous for its tucked-away bars, award-winning restaurants, and quirky cafes. You must try the food there and you’ll totally fall in love with it. Oh, and don’t forget to grab a cup of coffee when you’re in Wellington. Wellington is yet another top city break in New Zealand.


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Culture. New Zealand is known for its cultural significance. The country gives so much importance to its culture that it’s really touching. Whether you’re a culture lover or not, you should learn and experience New Zealand’s Maori culture. There’s no better place to experience this than the cultural capital itself – Rotorua. This cultural capital takes you back to the fascinating history of New Zealand through the eyes of the natives – the Maoris. They will show you the culture of NZ through the art of wood carving and the world-famous Maori Haka dance, which is not to be missed.

That’s not all. Rotorua is also home to beautiful lakes and vast geothermal valleys. You should visit the geothermal valleys for an insightful walk in the geothermal parks and later relax your body and mind at mud and sulphur spas. If you have more time, you can also do something adventurous in Rotorua.

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New Zealand is a perfect holiday destination for everyone. The country’s breathtaking scenery, thrilling adventure, and buzzing city life is not to be missed. Get your personalised New Zealand itinerary by reaching out to Pickyourtrail’s destination experts or book a pre-made New Zealand package available on Pickyourtrail’s website.

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