There are around 600 towns in New Zealand that mainly service the dairy and farming sector. Other towns are conveniently located near tourist hotspots and provide tours and accomodation to nearby attractions. Some beautiful tourist towns include: Queenstown, Wanaka, Kaikoura, Raglan, Te Anau, Paihia, Picton, and Fox Glacier. Read more →
There are many seaside towns in New Zealand. The country has the ninth longest coastline in the world and beautiful coastal attractions often have towns and small settlements nearby. Many dwellings in coastal settlements are what New Zealanders call their 'holiday home' or 'bach'. This is a home away from home that is visited during the holiday periods like Christmas which takes place in summer. Most inland towns service the rural sector such as the dairy industry, sheep farming, and forestry sectors.
Some inland towns and settlements are located in alpine areas and often exist to cater for skiing during the winter months. Other settlements cater for tourist attractions like volcanic attractions, rivers, lakes, and nearby national parks or mountain ranges.