How far from Spain is New Zealand, truth? It is a shame that it is so many thousands of kilometers away, since it is one of the countries that can surprise us the most at a landscape level.
Leaving aside its nature, which is abundant in terms of flora and fauna throughout its geography, it must also be said that it is a country with cities really nice that is worth knowing. The most prominent ones, IMHO, are the ones I mention in this article that you should read if you plan to take a route through New Zealand.
Nicknamed the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown has the privilege of settling in the lake wakatipu, of which by the way there are spectacular views from the mountains around it. Little more than 15,000 inhabitants live there who do not understand stress and anxiety, since the city offers the most relaxing leisure plans, such as a boat trip on the lake or a walk on the trails that surround this great mass of 291 square kilometers of water, which incidentally make it the largest lake in the country.
It is located on the North Island and is the largest and most populous city in the country, since more than one million two hundred thousand people are concentrated there, which is more than a quarter of the total population of New Zealand. Despite the fact that Wellington is the capital, we could say that it is the one that has more weight at a cultural and economic level. Its ports powerfully attract your attention and also the standard of living of its citizens, something that has allowed it to appear several times in the typical rankings of cities that offer the best quality of life. Beaches, fashion and beauty shops, first class restaurants ... It has it all.
It is on the east coast of the South Island, about 300 kilometers from the capital. It has managed to recover from the earthquakes that shook the city in 2010 and 2011, without losing its essence and erecting new buildings that make it a modern city. It is known as the «garden City»Due to the large number of parks it houses, which makes it an idyllic destination to breathe clean air. It also has museums and art galleries, as well as beautiful beaches where you can enjoy the good weather.
Located on the banks of a lake of the same name, Rotorua is known for its geothermal activityGeysers and hot mud pools are the order of the day. It is on the North Island and is a very tourist destination that makes its visitors fall in love with its natural beauty. In addition to standing out for its parks and nature reserves, it also dazzles you with the history, art and culture that emanate from the Maori population, which is the majority in this city.
The capital of New Zealand, in the south of the North Island, is a city that barely reaches 200,000 inhabitants, something that places it in third position in terms of population, behind Auckland and Christchurch. It is a cosmopolitan, liberal and very rich place both culturally and gastronomically. It offers a multitude of plans of all kinds to entertain the tourist, such as enjoying the views offered by the Mount Victoria, stroll down the revitalizing Cuba street, go shopping in the Old Bank Shopping Arcade, get lost in the Botanical Garden or get on his famous cable car, a cable car that starts from Lambton Quay street and takes you to the Botanical Garden.
Hamilton is also on the North Island. It is around 165,000 inhabitants and has a lot to offer tourists, since there are outdoor activities, leisure plans, cultural proposals ... Perhaps the most striking thing of all is the Hamilton Gardens, where one can contemplate the beauty of the gardens of various civilizations (Chinese, Italian, Indian gardens ...). It is also highly recommended to walk along the main street, which is Victoria Street, or take the path that runs along the Waikato River, where by the way there is both a pedestrian path and a bike path. Finally, you can also see the Hamilton Lake Domain, a 4 kilometer lake located in the city center, or visit Hobbiton Studios, which are next to Hamilton and allow you to explore the burrow houses that you will have seen in the movies of the saga «The Lord of the rings«.
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