Major Cities in New Zealand

Auckland

Population
Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city.Approximately 401,500 people live within the city boundary and 1.25 million in the greater Auckland area. This represents about one third of the population of the whole country.

Geography
The city, suburbs and gulf islands cover an area of 637km2.Auckland is built on a narrow isthmus between two harbours, and is surrounded by extinct volcanoes and picturesque islands.The city is known as the ‘City of Sails’ because of a great number of yachts that sail in the harbours and the adjoining Hauraki Gulf.

Climate
The climate is temperate, with warm summers (averaging over 24 degrees) and cooler winters (averaging 16 degrees).The summer months are between December and March.The prevailing wind is westerly.

Economy
Auckland is the retail and commercial centre of New Zealand.Auckland is also the ‘gateway’ to New Zealand for tourism and immigration.

Christchurch

Population
At 30 June, Christchurch had an estimate resident population of 360,500.

Geography
Christchurch City is located on the east of New Zealand’s South Island. Neighbouring territorial authorities are the Waimakariri, Selwyn and Banks Peninsula districts.
Christchurch has the second largest population of all New Zealand territorial authorities after Auckland and is the largest urban centre in the South Island.

Christchurch City has a land area of 45,240 hectares.

Climate
Christchurch has a mild climate. The beautiful New Brighton and Sumner beaches are a very popular way to cool off and relax over the summer, while winter sees Cantabrians heading to the hills to enjoy some of the great ski fields!
Summer in New Zealand runs from December through February and winter from June through August.

Temperature:
·Mean Daily Maximum: Jan 22.5°C, July 11.3°C
.Mean Daily Minimum: Jan 12.2°C, July 1.7°C

Economy
Christchurch is a great city to do business in. The Canterbury Development Corporation promotes economic development and sustainable employment in the Christchurch and Canterbury.

Dunedin

Population
With 114,342 people, Dunedin City ranks 8th in size out of the 74 Territorial Authorities in New Zealand

Geography
Dunedin is located on the south east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It is a city nestled in tree-clad hills at the head of a spectacular harbour. Dunedin is the main centre of the region of Otago. With the local government amalgamation of 1989 the City of Dunedin now covers approximately 3,350 km2 or 335,000 hectares.

Climate
There is no rainy season to dampen the spirit of Dunedin. The city receives less than 800mm of rainfall each year. Instead we experience extended twilight in summer, rich autumnal tones full of texture, romantic winter nights nestled in front of open fires and the colour of springtime with the city budding and blooming before your very eyes.

Temperatures in August range from a low of 4 to an average of 13 degree Celsius, while during February temperatures hover around the low to mid 20s.

Economy
Our City is the financial and commercial hub of Otago and excels in key industries such as agriculture, biotechnology, education, engineering, manufacturing, information communication technology, fashion, food processing, forestry and more. As the main business and trading centre we boast well-developed national and international port facilities and air links.

Hamilton

Population
Hamilton is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing cities with a population of 131,000 and provides the perfect environment for work and leisure.

Geography
Hamilton is New Zealand’s fourth largest urban area, and is strategically situated beside the Waikato River in the heart of the fertile Waikato plains. The Waikato river and the city’s extensive gully networks form a significant part of the city’s natural and operating environment. Almost half of New Zealand’s residents live within a 135-kilometre radius of the city.

Climate
Hamilton has a very mild climate and moderate year round. Rainfall keeps the city and surrounding area very green. Mean temperatures – 18C in January (summer) and 9C in July (winter)

Economy
Hamilton is situated at the centre of one of the richest agricultural and pastoral areas in the world. Major service centre for the Waikato region – New Zealand’s highest export region with 20% of all exports. City is New Zealand’s leading area for hi-tech innovative manufacturing and engineering industries. Dairy industry is centred around Hamilton and Waikato – world class centre of agricultural biotech excellence. It is home to much of New Zealand’s science research and numerous major research facilities. 11,000 businesses located within Hamilton. More than 40,000 tertiary students at University of Waikato, Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) and Te Wananga o Aotearoa. Home to national Agricultural Fieldays – largest agricultural trade show in the southern Hemisphere (generating $290 million sales). City’s closeness to two main sea ports (Auckland and Tauranga), 2 international airports (Auckland and Hamilton), railway, south Auckland industrial base and state highways provide significant opportunities for export and import.

Wellington

Population
Wellington is New Zealand’s centre of government and the world’s southernmost capital city. It also New Zealand’s cultural capital.
About 179,466 people live in Wellington city and 448,959 people live in the Wellington region.
Wellington city’s population accounts for 4.45% of the New Zealand population and is expected to see steady growth over the next decade. The Wellington region contains 11.1% of New Zealand’s population.

Geography
The city is situated alongside Wellington Harbour and surrounded by natural beauty. From the central business district, it is only a quick drive to find stunning countryside and rugged coastlines. Nearly all Wellington residents are within 3 kilometres of the coastline, and the city has 109 parks and playgrounds. As a region Wellington has a diverse range of landscapes including 50,000 hectares of regional parks and forests.

Climate
Wellington has more sunshine hours than London and less rainfall than Auckland. The warmest month is February, 17°C average. The coldest month is July 8.7°C average. The average daily maximum for mid summer is 20.3°C. The average daily minimum for mid winter is 5.9°C. The average annual sunshine is 2025 hours and the average annual rainfall is 1270mm

Economy
Wellington is home of the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX).The Wellington region is strong in a diverse array of industries. In the global marketplace local sectors that are making their mark include: Creative; Film and Television; Information Communication Technology; Manufacturing; Education; Consultancy and Biotechnology.

Positively Wellington Business works closely with these outward-focused, export-driven sectors. These sectors are recognised as key to the health and future growth of the Wellington regional economy.