New Zealand society is sophisticated and multi-cultural, and the honesty, friendliness, and openness of Kiwis is likely to impress you. Another great advantage of New Zealand is that its diverse physical, cultural, and artistic landscapes are all relatively close to each other.
Auckland is the largest city with 1.1 million people; Christchurch is next at 350,000. Wellington is the capital. Also known as the City of Sails, Auckland has a vibrant harbor that has attracted worldwide attention in recent years, thanks to the America's Cup.
A compact city ideal for walkers, Wellington also boasts a lovely harbor, which is encircled by green, towering hills. The city offers a satisfying blend of arts and culture, dining delights, shopping, and scenic beauty, making Wellington an ideal urban destination. Its central business area is divided into four quarters, all within walking distance of each other: The concentrated shopping and indulgence of Lambton Quarter, the intellectual center at Willis Quarter, the innovation and community of Cuba Quarter, and the entertainment of Courtenay Quarter.
Wellington maintains 50 museums and galleries. Its pride is Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand. Located on the waterfront, this internationally acclaimed museum combines leading-edge technology with traditional exhibits that tell the stories of New Zealand's unique land and people.