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List of ports - New Zealand

The beautiful Banks Peninsula joins the lowlands of Canterbury. The untouched nature offers a variety of nature life, mountains and impressing coastal landscapes. The city Akaroa with its 1000 residents is an idyllic resort, which is located 84 kilometeres off Christchurch on the southern coast of the Bank Peninsula. Literally translated, Akaroa means "long harbour". It emerged from an extinct volcano, in which the ocean regorged, after the land has shortened. Originally, James Cook, who found Bank Peninsula in 1769, thought it was an island. 1777 he called it "Bank Island", after the botanist Joseph Banks, who accompanied him on his first journey. Once, many Maoris used to live on the peninsula, but where at war with one another and almost wiped themselves out. That would explain, why the Maori accepted the english and french after arrival of the european whalers as helper and later as government. In 1835, french whaler found Akaroa and bought parts of the land from the Maoris. The Maori-and Colonial museum in the Okains Bay provides an insight into an eventful history of the peninsula. When the first ship with french and german settlers arrived in 1840, the english already took possession of the city. But still, the settlers were accepted and could build up a french colony. It was and is the only french settlement in New Zealand. The oldest settler-house of the region can be found next to the Early-settler museum in the Rue Lavaud. Nowadays, Akaroa attracts many tourists due to its various leisure facilities in a beautiful landscape.
The Antipodes Islands are a group of uninhabited rocky islands of volcanic origin, located in the South Pacific, about 650 km south-east of New Zealand's Stewart Island. Geographically they are part of the sub-Antarctic islands, politically they are part of New Zealand. The archipelago consists of the main island Antipodes Iceland, the northern Bollans Island with its upstream Eiland Remarkable Arch and a number of other larger and smaller islands. In 1800, the archipelago was discovered by Henry Waterhouse, the captain of the HMS Reliance and was initially named "Penantipodes", due to the fact that they would lie in antipodal position to England, that is just on the other side of the earth's surface , but this is not exactly the case. Former attempts to make the island useful (for example, cattle), failed.
Auckland lies on the North Island of New Zealand and is the largest city in the state. She has around half a million inhabitants. Although it is not capital, the council meeting has its headquarters in Auckland. As everywhere in New Zealand the culture is very cosmopolitan also in Auckland, as there have always been immigrants from Europe, America and the Pacific States whose culture has mixed with the indigenous Maori culture. The city is located in front of a volcanic backdrop and between two bays - a characteristic image.
The Auckland Islands are a subantarctic island group of volcanic origin which politically belongs to New Zealand. Finds that it could date back to the 13th century, prove a former Polynesian settlement. Renewed settlemet trials which were made around the middle of the 19th century, failed after a few years. The now uninhabited islands were recorded by UNESCO in the list of world nature heritage.
The Balleny Islands are an archipelago of uninhabited, Subantarctic islands, located in the Southern Ocean south of New Zealand. They are of volcanic origin and its area glaciated to 95%, its main islands are Young Island,Buckle Island and Sturge Island. The Balleny Islands were first discovered in 1839 by the whalers John Balleny and Thomas Freeman.
The Bay of Islands is one of the most beautiful areas in the North Island and fascinates with around 144 islands and their abundant flora and fauna. Particularly popular photo sight is the Cape Brett - Hole in the Rock, a huge boulder in the sea, with a hole so large that in calm sea ferries can ride through.
Bluff is a small place on the south coast of New Zealand. It offers a number of enticing features. The gourmets might notice the famous Bluff oysters, for the advocates of the more simple taste it may be tempting to eat its fish and chips in the southernmost TakeAway of the southern hemisphere or for the adventurer Bluff is a starting point for an unforgettable trip to Stewart Island. All who are not interested in all this, finds a small sleepy fishing village with a large fishing fleet and a fantastic coastal location.
Experience New Zealand, the paradise on the other side of the earth. In addition to fantastic landscapes from hot springs and lonely fjords the  "land of the big white cloud" offers a unique world full of orchids, ferns, parrots and of course kiwis.
Bounty Isand lies off the coast of New Zealand between the islands Ringdove Bay and Rangatira.
The Campbell islands are a subantarctic archipelago in the southern Pacific Ocean, politically belonging to New Zealand.  The archipelago consists of the main island of Campbell Island as well as of other smaller islands such as Dent Island, the Jacquemart Island and Folly Island.
A touch of Viktoria, a touch Venezia - Christchurch (about 370,000 inhabitants) is because of its neo-gothic buildings, its numerous parks and lovingly laid-out gardens, as the "most English city outside of England '.
Doubtful Sound is the second largest of the 14 fiords in Fiordland National Park.
It impresses not only through its pristine wilderness, but also through its amazing wildlife. Dolphins, penguins and fur seals can be found here.
Heavy rains, which lie as several thick freshwater layers on the sea water and which soaks up light through the washed plant debris here leaves corals grow a few meters below the water surface.
Dunedin is a Scottish city outside Scotland. It was founded in the mid 19th century by Scots and is the second largest city of the island. The Victorian, Edwardian as well as Flemish style can be found in its cityscape.
The Dusky Sound is a fjord on the southwest tip of South Island of New Zealand.The New Zealand politician Thomas Mackenzie (1854 - 1930) tried in the years 1894 to 1896 to find an overland route to the Dusky Sound and explored and charted the course of the area around the largest fjord in the country.
Enderby Island is the third largest island of the New Zealand Auckland Islands, located in the South Pacific, near the north coast of the main island  Auckland Island. It is named after Samuel Enderby Island Jr. (1756 - 1829) the founder of a whaling company whose whaling ship Ocean discovered the Auckland Islands in 1806. The island was already inhabited several hundred years ago: researchers found on Enderby Island the remains of a Polynesian settlement dating back to the 13th century.
The Fiordland National Park, with over 12,500 km2 is the largest national park in New Zealand. It covers most of Fiordland and the southwestern tip of the South Island. The park was laid out in 1952 and is until today the most inaccessible part of the country. In 1990 it was declared a UNESCO world nature heritage. Tourist attractions are mainly its fjords. Fiordland is one of the most sparsely populated regions of New Zealand. One of the greatest towns is Te Anau with about 2,000 inhabitants.
James Cook tread the New Zealand for the first time here. Gisborne is also called - the first city to see the sun. Right over the bay of Wainui one can see the first sun-rays of a new day (international date line). The city is also famous for the Star of Canada Maritime Museum. The museum is accommodated in an old ship (the "Star of Canada").
On the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand is the fishing village Kaikoura counting 2000 people. The next major city is Christchurch, about 180 km to the south. The name comes from the Maori language and means "the place for cooking crayfish" . Even today the place is still the main catching area of crayfish.
Lyttelton is a town in the South Pacific on the east side of New Zealand. The port is also the port of the city of Christchurch. Both cities are located in a bay, which is why the port is quite protected from the wild Pacific.
The island group of the Mercury Islands lies off the coast of the New Zealand North Island. Only Great Mercury Island is inhabited, owned by a New Zealand businessman, some of the smaller adjacent islands are part of a nature reserve.
The Milford Sound stretches 15 kilometers from the Tasmanian Sea into the country and is surrounded by up to 1,200-m- high rock walls. On these sides a rain forest grows, while seals, penguins and dolphins populate the water. The highest elevation is the Miter Peak (bishop hat) with 1,692 meters. The Milford Sound was named after the Welsh village of Milford Haven.
Napier, the coastal town on Hawke's Bay, located on the North Island of New Zealand, was founded around 1850 and named after an English officer.
For a long time it was the center of the area, until the region was shaken by a devastating earthquake in 1931. The city was then almost completely destroyed and the seabed was raised, resulting in 40 km² of new territory on the coast.
The present-day Napier was completely redesigned immediately after the natural catastrophe of architects and rebuilt within a comparatively short time in the new Art Deco style.
Nelson is a port town on New Zealand's South Island. It is located at the southeast end of Tasman Bay, just in the north of the island.
Its origins the city has a small Maori settlement called Wakatu. From this village, however, the prosperous city of about 50,000 inhabitants would not have developed, were if not for the  British and German settlers who immigrated to the region as of 1839. For in the entire region, the Maori fishermen's villages were haunted and swept by Te Rauparaha's murders a few years earlier.
The white immigrants appreciated the fertile land found and settled down in Tasman Bay.
In 1858, Queen Victoria finally granted Nelson city rights and thus created the basis for the present-day status of the city.
With its approximately 50,000 inhabitants, New Plymouth is the largest city in the northern New Zealand region of Taranaki. In 1840 the first European settlers landed on the coast of today's city and founded the town in the following year.
Oban is the capital of Stewart Island, the southernmost inhabited island of New Zealand. The small village with its approximately 400 inhabitants is located on the picturesque Bay Half Moon Bay and thus the town itself is partly known by this name.
The port town of Paihia is the tourist center of the Bay of Islands, north of New Zealand. The harbor is sheltered in a bay. The port is often used as a starting point for boat tours around the island, which are very popular with visitors or for diving tours. There are numerous shops and bars in the city.
Palmerston belongs to the southern Cook Islands and is as the only of the islands an atoll. The whole atoll has only 50 inhabitants, which live on the different islets of the atoll. The islands are actually the reef of an atoll, in the middle there is a huge lagoon and all around outside some small islands look up from the water, which are just all parts of the atoll. The village of Palmerston is located in the west of the atoll.
Picton is a small town in the north of the South Island of New Zealand. From Picton, ferries leave for the capital Wellington. The place is located in a beautiful bay, the Queen Charlotte Sounds, and has a pretty harbor.
If you go sightseeing in Dunedin, start from the Octagon in the city centre, an octagonal square, where you can have a view over the many cafés and museums. Go on to visit the oldest university of New Zealand, the University of Otago, with its stylish Clock Tower, and St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral, built in 1915 in neo-gothic style from the famous white stones from Oamaru. Continue your journey with a visit to the Court of Law, and the architecturally interesting railway station, built in 1905 in Dutch Renaissance style. The Otago Museum displays Pacific and Polynesian exhibits, representative of Maori art and culture, birds, small animals. The Speight’s Brewery built in 1876, the Whisky Distillery are some more examples of what you can see here. The 'Early Settlers' Museum' houses the last piece of the first road lighting. The High Street Croque-o-dile cafe, is known to be the best café in New Zealand.
Queenstown is located on the South Island of New Zealand at Lake Wakatipu. The area is one of the most popular destinations in New Zealand. In the surroundings are the Remarkables, a mountain chain in the background of the city. The city was founded by European settlers as a gold mining town in the middle of the 19th century.
Rangatira is the third-largest of the Chatham Islands, located east of New Zealand. The island is a nature reserve because it has a great flora and fauna and above all numerous bird species and here live some endemic species. Therefore access is only possible with official permission.
For a long time the island was also committed to sheep farming, which, however, disturbed the ecosystem. All sheep were therefore abolished in the 1960s, so that the forests could recover.
The Ringdove Bay is located east of New Zealand in the South Seas. The islands (antipodes) of the area are uninhabited by humans, but offer  numerous types of animals a home. The islands are a UNESCO world heritage site for their unique flora and fauna and are therefore not allowed to be entered.
The small town of Russell with its less than 1,000 inhabitants is located on the New Zealand Bay of Islands, a sea that extends 16 km inland and is so named because of the many small islands that lie in its waters. In 1840 the town was for a short time even declared the capital of entire New Zealand.
Ship Cove is located on the New Zealand peninsula of Port de Grave and is one of the oldest berths, which has also been visited by James Cook. However, already in the 15th century there was a marked fishing activity - no wonder, in the fish rich in the sounds of the environment. Apart from the pier and a monument there is not much civilization here. Ship Cove is visited for its beautiful scenery and for the trip options, the small offshore islets.
The Snares Islands is an uninhabited subantarctic island group located south of New Zealand. For its fantastic flora and fauna, it was declared a UNESCO world nature heritage and enjoys the highest nature protection. Access to the islands is therefore only possible with a special permit.
The Snares Islands consist of a main island with some smaller islands, most of which are characterized by cliffs and without mammals introduced by humans, which is why nature was able to very well maintain its original balance.
Stewart Island is located in the south of New Zealand and is the third largest island. However, only 400 people live on this island, all in the only settlement in the north-east of the island, in Oban on Halfmoon Bay.
The island is very mountainous, has very mild climate and a rich flora and fauna.
Tauranga is located on a headland and has a great diversity of landscape from graceful hill chains on to white beaches, to wild, untouched nature. The lovely residential area of hobbits, the Auenland, is located very near Tauranga.
The small town of Te Anau (3000 inhabitants) is located on the South Island of New Zealand on the edge of the fjord. Fjordland is the largest national park in New Zealand and has been a world cultural heritage of humanity since 1990. Only Lake Te Anau separates the much visited tourist resort from a largely inaccessible wilderness of snow-capped mountains, glass-clear mountain lakes and centuries-old rainforests.
Timaru is the capital of the same-named district located on the eastern Pacific coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Some 28,000 people live in the port city that was once built on a thousand-year-old lava field of the Mount Horrible Volcano. Even today, the bumpy roads and the blue stone out of which many houses were built remind of it.
White Island is just 50 km east of New Zealand's North Island and is the only active volcanic island of the country. It was first discovered in 1769 by James Cook on his journey through the Bay of Plenty. The fascinating island is now visited each year by countless travelers and scientists.
The island of Waiheke is located a few kilometers from the Auckland Islands in southern New Zealand and is located in the South Pacific. The island is very special because it has vineyards next to olive groves and fresh green meadows. There are only a few small settlements, where it is very leisurely and all travel stress is quite quickly forgotten.
Waitangi (also: Petre Bay) is the capital of the Chatham Islands, which lie to the east of New Zealand in the South Pacific. A mere 300 inhabitants live in this settlement, nevertheless here is the main port, which as a fishing port also represents the "business center" of the archipelago.
The Chatham Islands consist of the islands Chatham and Pitt, as well as a number of smaller islands. They are called because of their proximity to the International Date Line, the "first to see the sun". Scenically they are very interesting: there is the great lake Wahanga separated only by narrow land bridges from the sea. Moreover there are peatlands and long sandy beaches.
The New Zealand capital Wellington has almost 200,000 inhabitants. The town lies in the south of the North Island in the Cook Strait. The harbor entrance is located directly in east of the city and is home to a reef. In the harbor lie also the three islands Somes, Ward and Mokopuna. Until the great earthquake in 1855 the port was on the site where now the old town rises since the subsoil was raised by the earthquake.
"Windy Wellington" is probably inhabited since the 10th century but was "purchased" by the Europeans in the 18th / 19th century. Thus Wellington is today an exciting mix of European and Maori culture.
The small community of Whangara is located on the northeast coast of the New Zealand North Island. Do you find the place strangely familiar? This may be due to the fact that the famous film "Whale Rider" (2002) was shot here. According to legends, once the legendary Paikea, the ancestor of all Maori,  riding on a whale, reached New Zealand at this very spot.
Whangarei is a city with almost 50,000 inhabitants in the east of the North Island of New Zealand. The port of the city is particularly important for the petroleum industru but also for fishing. There is also a marina in front of a very nice house backdrop.
Not far from the harbor are some beautiful beaches.
Whangaroa is a small settlement is located on the Whangaroa Harbour, an inlet on the North coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The name is derived from the language of the Maori term "Whaingaroa", which means as much as "What a long wait" and expresses the lament of a woman, whose men is located on a vast military campaign.
White Island lies just 50 km east of New Zealand's North Island and is the only active volcano island of the country. It was first discovered in 1769 by James Cook on his journey through the Bay of Plenty. The fascinating island is now visited each year by countless travelers and scientists.