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 →
New Zealand has the ninth longest coastline in the world and given the shape of the country, most towns are near the coast. Cosequently, many New Zealanders have a second home that they call their 'holiday home' or 'bach' which they visit during holiday periods like Christmas which takes place in summer.
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 parks, rivers, lakes, and nearby national parks or mountain ranges.
Most towns in New Zealand primarily service the surrounding rural sector including farms and processing for the dairy industry, sheep farming, and forestry sectors.
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