A to Z challenge April 2016 – Towns in New Zealand

I joined a blog challenge back in February, A to Z challenge, where we wrote a post a day based on the alphabet during the month of April, my posts were about “Towns in New Zealand”.


Map of New Zealand, hope it helps you to get a better idea of where about these towns are

Photo CreditTopographic map of New Zealand with islands and main population centers labelled.

Did you know?

New Zealand’s population is 4,597 million estimated June 2015, the statistics for Auckland is 1,454,300, more than quarter of the people living in New Zealand live in Auckland.

Here’s a  summary of my A to Z posts.

A –  Ashburton.

B – Blenheim.

C – Carterton.

D – Dargaville.

E – Eltham.

F – Feilding.

G – Gisborne.

H – Hamilton.

I – Invercargill.

J – Jacks Point.

K – Kaikoura.

L – Lower Hutt.

M – Matamata.

N – New Plymouth.

O – Ohope Beach.

P – Palmerston North.

Q – Queenstown.

R – Rotorua.

S – Stratford.

T – Tauranga.

U – Upper Hutt.

V – Vogel Town Wellington & Vogel Town New Plymouth.

W – Wanaka.

X – Mark that something is wrong.

Y – Yaldhurst.

Z – Zero marker at the centre of New Zealand.

Thanks to everyone that read, liked and commented on my posts.

I appreciated it, hope you found something of interest.

Looking forward to A to Z in April 2017.

A to Z Challenge – Z in for Zero – Marker at the Centre of New Zealand


Photo Credit Geographical = Centre at Nelson the “Centre of New Zealand”.

Saturday, April 30,  Z is the end of A to Z challenge. because there is no town in New Zealand starting with Z, but there is a special place, marking the centre of New Zealand, I would like to share with you.

Because there is no town in New Zealand starting with Z, but there is a special place, marking the centre of New Zealand, I would like to share with you.

The geographical “centre of New Zealand” allegedly lies in Nelson, on a hilltop near the centre of the city.

This is the point “zero, zero” from which the first trigonometrical surveys were started in the 1870s by John Spence Browning, the Chief Surveyor for Nelson.

From this 360-degree viewpoint, the zero, zero points in neighbouring geodetic survey regions (including Wellington in the North Island) could be triangulated and a better survey of the whole of New Zealand constructed.

In 1962, the ‘gravitational centre’ (including Stewart Island and some smaller islands in addition to the North and South Island, but excluding the Chathams) of New Zealand lay in a patch of unremarkable dense scrub in a forest in Spooners Range near Tapawera, 35 km (22 miles) south-west of Nelson.

For the final post in this A to Z Challenge, I learnt something about New Zealand that I didn’t know myself.


A view of Nelson from the “Centre of New Zealand”

Nelson is a city on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay and is the economic and cultural centre of the Nelson region.

Established in 1841, it is the second-oldest settled city in New Zealand and the oldest in the South Island and was proclaimed a city by royal charter in 1858.

Nelson City has a population of around 46,437

If you would like to know more about Nelson

A to Z Challenge – Yaldhurst – Town in New Zealand


Photo Credit   c1886 Hearse – Used in Invercargill by McDonald and Western. Glass Sides were an improvement on previous, sombre box-like hearses.

Friday, April 29,  Y – Yaldhurst

Yaldhurst is a suburb in Christchurch South Island of New Zealand.

The Yaldhurst Museum is located in the suburb of Yaldhurst, Christchurch, South Island of New Zealand.

Many of the exhibits are displayed in their original condition and include cars, racing cars, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, scooters, power-cycles, horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, tractors, agricultural equipment, stationary engines, military items and fire engines.

Also at the museum is the original Yaldhurst School building relocated in April 1984

If you would like to know more about Yaldhurst.

A little added extra, as Yaldhurst is a suburb in Christchurch, they have beautiful gardens, here is a photo I think you will like.


Photo CreditChristchurch Botanic Gardens.

Y – is  for Yea, I have one more letter before the end of A to Z challenge.

A to Z Challenge – X marks that something is wrong.


Thursday, April 28,  X  –  A to Z Challenge

X – is indicating that something is wrong, there is nothing wrong here, except there are no towns in New Zealand starting with X.

So I’m sharing some special places that are in New Zealand.


Baldwin Street Dunedin.

Photo Credit – Top of Baldwin Street. Dunedin, New Zealand.

Baldwin Street is in Dunedin, South Island New Zealand, it is the world’s steepest residential street, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.[

If you would like to know more about Baldwin Street.


Lake Taupō

Photo Credit Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay on Lake Taupō, over 10 metres high and are only assessable by boat or Kayak, the cliff has become a popular tourist destination with hundreds of boats and yachts visiting the spot daily.

Lake Taupo is a lake situated in the North Island of New Zealand.

it is the largest lake by surface area in New Zealand, and the second largest freshwater lake by surface area in geopolitical Oceania.

Lake Taupo has a perimeter of approximately 193 kilometres and at its deepest point of 186 metres. It is drained by the Waikato River (New Zealand’s longest river).


Mount Ruapehu

Photo Credit Crater Lake at top of Ruapehu (29 January 2005.) Photograph by James Shook.

Mount Ruapehu, is the largest active volcano in New Zealand it is at the southern end of the Taupo Volcanic Zone in the North Island of New Zealand.

It erupted at 10.30pm on 4 October 2006. The small eruption created a volcanic earthquake at a magnitude of 2.8, sending a water plume 200 m into the air and 6-m waves crashing into the wall of the crater.

At about 8:20 p.m. on 25 September 2007, a hydrothermal eruption occurred without warning.

William Pike, a 22-year-old primary school teacher, had a leg crushed by a rock during the eruption and a rescue operation was mounted to rescue him from the Dome Shelter near the crater.

If you would like to know more about Mount Ruapehu.

A to Z Challenge – Wanaka – Town in New Zealand


Photo Credit Lake Wanaka from the top of Mount Roy.

Wednesday, April 27,  W – Wanaka

Wanaka is a popular ski and summer resort town in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand.

It is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park.

Wanaka is home to 7,390 people as of the June 2015 estimate

The area around Wanaka is a formal sub-region of the Central Otago wine region with several top wineries and vineyards.

As with other parts of the wine region, the main grape variety in the area is pinot noir.


Wanaka New Zealand on a clear Spring Day.

If you would like to know more about Wanaka

A to Z Challenge – Vogue Town Wellington – Town in New Zealand


Photo Credit View of Vogel Town, Wellington, New Zealand.

These last few letters of the alphabet are rather hard to do because there are not many places in New Zealand with these letters, but I will do my best to find a place that is as close as possible to those letters.

Tuesday, April 26,  V – Vogue Town Wellington

Vogeltown is a hillside suburb of Wellington, in New Zealand, on the eastern slopes of Brooklyn and overlooking Newtown.

The 2006 census population was 1,890

Many of the houses built in Vogeltown date from the 1920s.

If you would like to know more about Vogeltown – Wellington.


The above image represents to crest (coat of arms) of the City of New Plymouth (New Zealand). The design used from 1941 until 1989.

Where there is another Vogeltown it is a suburb of New Plymouth, in the western North Island of New Zealand.

It is located to the southeast of the city centre and east of Frankleigh Park.

If you would like to know more about Vogeltown in Taranaki, Vogeltown school has a very nice website.

A to Z Challenge – Upper Hutt – Town in New Zealand


Photo Credit  View of Upper Hutt City looking north from Silverstream.

Monday, April 25,  U – Upper Hutt

Upper Hutt is a city in the Wellington Region of the North Island of New Zealand, and one of the four cities that constitute the Wellington metropolitan area.

The main urban area of the city has a population of 39,700 (June 2015 estimate)

The city has one of New Zealand’s largest Inline speed skating clubs.

Walking and mountain biking is very popular along the Hutt River and on the tracks in many parks.


The “Welcome to Upper Hutt” sign with a wrought iron New Zealand fantail, at Te Marua on the northern approach to the city.

If you would like to know more about Upper Hutt

A to Z Challenge – Tauranga – Town in New Zealand


Photo Credit View over Greater Tauranga, taken from the top of Mauao.

Saturday, April 23,  T – Tauranga

Tauranga is a city in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand.

It has an urban population of 130,800 (June 2015 estimate).

The Port of Tauranga is New Zealand’s largest port in terms of gross export tonnage and efficiency.

Much of the countryside surrounding Tauranga is horticultural land, used to grow a wide range of fresh produce for both domestic consumption and export.

There are many kiwifruit and avocados orchards as well as other crops. Recent years have seen the establishment of boutique vineyards and wineries.


Fishing boats in Tauranga harbour.

Due to the temperate climate, outdoor activities are very popular, including golf, tramping (hiking), mountain biking and white water rafting.

The Bay of Plenty coastline has miles of golden sandy beaches, and water sports are very popular, including swimming, surfing, fishing, diving, kayaking and kitesurfing.

Tourists also enjoy dolphin-watching on specially run boat trips.

If you would like to know more about Tauranga.

A to Z Challenge – Stratford – Town in New Zealand

Mount Egmont Taranaki NZ

Photo Credit – Author.

Friday, April 22,  S – Stratford

Stratford is the only town in Stratford District, it is in the heart of the Taranaki Region, North Island New Zealandalso the gateway to Mount Taranaki/Egmont. 

It lies beneath the eastern slopes of Mount Taranaki/Egmont, approximately half-way between New Plymouth and Hawera, near the geographic centre of the Taranaki Region.

The Stratford District has a population of 9,230, (June 2015 estimate).

Stratford’s main industry is dairying, a high level of rainfall, makes for some of the best dairy farming country  in New Zealand.

Stratford is also known for its nationally-renowned speedway, racecourse and golf course.

It is my birth town, have lived there some sixty years.


Photo Credit Today’s New Zealand‘s only glockenspiel clock tower plays the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet three times a day.

If you would like to know more about Stratford.

A to Z Challenge – Rotorua – Town in New Zealand


Photo CreditRotorua viewed from gondola up Mount Ngongotaha.

Thursday, April 21,  R – Rotorua

Rotorua is in the in the Bay of Plenty Region in the North Island of New Zealand.

The Rotorua District has a total estimated population of 69,200, (June 2015 estimate).

Thermal activity is at the heart of much of Rotorua’s tourist appeal. Geysers and bubbling mud-pools, hot thermal springs.

Rotorua has the nickname Sulphur City, because of the hydrogen sulphide emissions, which gives Rotorua a “rotten eggs” smell, as well as rotten-rua combining its legitimate name and the rotten smell prevalent.

It really isn’t as bad as it sounds, I have been there and I quite enjoy it especially the sulphur smell it clears my nose, makes it easier to breathe.

But it’s certainly isn’t a place you will find anywhere else in New Zealand.


Prince of Wales Feathers and Pōhutu geysers erupting in Rotorua, New Zealand

If you would like to know more about Rotorua