The City of Sails is New Zealand's largest and most cosmopolitan urban center. With towering skyscrapers, volcanic islands and picturesque beaches, Auckland seamlessly blends majestic scenery with the hustle and bustle of city living. For adventure junkies, there's everything from zip lining on Waiheke Island to bungee jumping from the Sky Tower. Sports lovers will enjoy the city's local rugby and cricket unions, as well as the national All Blacks rugby team. Foodies will appreciate Auckland's array of dining options, which range from casual pubs to celebrity chef-owned fine dining establishments. And for culture enthusiasts, the city offers the perfect mashup of Maori, European and Asian influences at sights like the Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.
A trip to Queenstown means a trip filled with adventure. One day, you're bungee jumping: Your feet leave the ledge, and gravity drags your body downward. Then you're whitewater rafting: You're plummeting over waterfalls, the river water slapping your skin. And the next day, you're hiking the greenest hills you've ever seen. Later in the week, your stomach drops because you've just leapt out of an airplane into the blue sky: skydiving. And before you head home, you're grinding down a snowy mountain, a board strapped to your feet: snowboarding. What an adrenaline rush!
Wellington is not just the capital of New Zealand, some would say it vies (with Auckland) for the title of cultural capital, too. And those cultural attractions – museums, theaters and restaurants – are hemmed in by the glittering blue waters of the Cook Strait and the rippling topography of the Rimutaka Range. It's no wonder why fantasy films like "The Adventures of Tintin" and "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies were filmed here, where gorgeous settings can be found at every turn.
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