100 Biggest Cities in New Zealand with a Map

Can you name the 100 biggest towns and cities in New Zealand with the help of a map?
Sources: Wikipedia and citypopulation.de
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Quiz by Gassu
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Last updated: September 10, 2019
First submittedSeptember 10, 2019
Times taken4,498
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Population
City / Town
1,638,800
Auckland
418,500
Wellington
407,600
Christchurch
203,100
Hamilton
141,600
Tauranga
122,000
Dunedin
89,500
Palmerston North
70,600
Hastings
67,500
Nelson
63,900
Napier
59,500
Rotorua
58,800
Whangarei
58,300
New Plymouth
51,200
Invercargill
42,700
Kapiti Coast
40,900
Wanganui
37,200
Gisborne
31,600
Blenheim
31,400
Pukekohe
29,100
Timaru
24,700
Taupō
22,200
Masterton
21,200
Levin
20,600
Cambridge
20,200
Ashburton
19,750
Whakatāne
19,540
Queenstown
18,300
Rangiora
17,500
Te Awamutu
16,850
Feilding
16,250
Rolleston
14,050
Tokoroa
13,950
Oamaru
12,150
Hāwera
Population
City / Town
9,910
Gore
9,780
Waiuku
9,700
Greymouth
8,890
Wānaka
8,450
Motueka
8,350
Te Puke
8,150
Huntly
7,920
Matamata
7,870
Morrinsville
7,520
Kerikeri
7,350
Thames
7,080
Kawerau
7,040
Waitara
6,580
Ngāruawāhia
6,410
Ōtaki
6,100
Lincoln
5,860
Kaitāia
5,740
Stratford
5,510
Alexandra
5,360
Dannevirke
5,320
Carterton
5,180
Dargaville
5,160
Cromwell
5,150
Waihi
5,080
Whitianga
5,040
Snells Beach
4,950
Marton
4,890
Warkworth
4,720
Foxton
4,720
Taumarunui
4,710
Katikati
4,640
Te Kuiti
4,560
Kaikohe
Population
City / Town
4,410
Paeroa
4,370
Temuka
4,350
Picton
4,350
Te Aroha
4,320
Ōpōtiki
4,290
Wairoa
4,220
Waipukurau
4,100
Putāruru
3,990
Balclutha
3,960
Westport
3,960
Whangamatā
3,630
Inglewood
3,590
Hokitika
3,320
Tūrangi
3,310
Raglan
3,150
Helensville
2,950
Arrowtown
2,890
Waimate
2,750
Ōtorohanga
2,570
Pahiatua
2,500
Geraldine
2,480
Featherston
2,380
Greytown
2,370
Winton
2,360
Wakefield
2,270
Mapua
2,230
Darfield
2,220
Waihi Beach
2,170
Oxford
2,160
Waipawa
2,150
Kaikōura
2,140
Te Anau
2,100
Wellsford
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Level 65
Sep 11, 2019
I liked the legend, neat addition!
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Level 68
Sep 11, 2019
Fantastic looking map - great work!
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Level 81
Sep 16, 2019
No.
To answer the question in the heading, no, not even remotely.
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Level 81
Sep 17, 2019
For that matter how on Earth outside New Zealand is the average score 27?
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Level 25
Oct 16, 2019
Well Well 4 more down
19 to go
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Level 61
Jan 23, 2020
Easy thing. You just play to get 5 points on each featured quiz, so you cheat. My aim was to get at least 1 pinot with the Top 3... achieved ;-)
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Level 77
Sep 16, 2019
Great work!
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Level 78
Sep 16, 2019
An average score of 24, wow :P
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Level 74
Sep 16, 2019
Really, really good. I didn't get Lincoln and Winton :(
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Level 69
Sep 17, 2019
I wonder how much of the world's awareness of Rotorua is due to Steven Adams.
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Level 30
Mar 21, 2020
Probably not much as the city is already a tourist attraction for its hot pools.
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Level 71
Sep 17, 2019
3/100. Bet you can't guess which ones I got.
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Level 83
Sep 17, 2019
Probably the same three I did?
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Level 74
Sep 18, 2019
If it includes Auckland, my home, then good on ya! Do come over for a visit (especially during our January/February summer) and see how many of the other 97 you can visit (and crucially for points here, remember).
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Level 72
Sep 19, 2019
Architecturally speaking, I really liked Dunedin, Paeroa and Stratford. Definitely check them out! (:
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Level 32
Aug 11, 2020
How 'bout Christchurch??
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Level 62
Dec 7, 2019
Were they Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch?
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Level 63
Sep 18, 2019
3/100
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Level 74
Sep 19, 2019
Spelling: Whanganui. Technically both spellings remain acceptable, but in 2015 Land Information NZ announced that Wanganui District Council (and therefore also the urban area) would be renamed to Whanganui District Council. Government agencies all now use the Whanganui spelling, as do newspapers, weather forecasts etc etc. The only group I can still see using the old spelling is the Wanganui Rugby Union.
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Level 28
Sep 24, 2019
To call them 'cities' is going a bit far I reckon...
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Level 71
Sep 26, 2019
It should have included Hobbiton...
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Level 59
Oct 4, 2019
How is it possible that every single of those tiny cities has been guessed by over 10% of test takers?
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Level 78
Oct 16, 2019
A lot of Kiwis on this site?
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Level 25
Oct 16, 2019
2/100
Got one as capital of new zealand
and the other as the city in which the 2018 Cricket Under 19 World Cup was held
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Level 55
Oct 16, 2019
Oh this is crazy tough. That said though, there are not many quizzes where I can guess a whopping 6 out of 100 and get 2 points!
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Level 71
Oct 16, 2019
I got the top three, plus Matamata, which I remembered because of the special features on the Lord of the Rings dvd's. Nice that 4/100 was good for one point!
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Level 50
Apr 3, 2020
True, but I got 5 points for 100/100! About to hit level 38.
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Level 47
Oct 16, 2019
not an official list of cities. For example Wellington consists of at least 4 separate cities each large enough to be on the list independently?
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Level 73
Oct 23, 2019
Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt are suburbs of Wellington and don't get counted separately for the purposes of urban area population. The local governments of these suburbs calls themselves a 'city' but outside of Wellington neither is usually considered to be a city in their own right.
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Level 42
Oct 26, 2019
why does dunedin count mosgiel? also what about milton?
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Level 64
Nov 2, 2019
I only got 75. Very disappointed in myself. Should have got them all! (maybe 5 I wouldn't have got).
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Level 32
Feb 5, 2020
I got 8, and that’s somehow in the upper half 😆 Looks like nobody knows much about New Zealand, or there aren’t 100 places in NZ that can fairly be called “cities”.
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Level 32
Aug 11, 2020
-Coughs- Excuse me, people who LIVE in New Zealand (Like myself) should get at least 90..
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Level 54
Mar 10, 2020
so got 70 - ran out of time but managed to not get Auckland!!!
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Level 78
Mar 20, 2020
Another member of the NZ-3 club here.

You could've timed this one with a calendar, and I probably wouldn't have hit 4. I would, however, like to shake the hand (non-contact, of course..COVID-19 and all) of whoever got Ngāruawāhia.
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Level 50
Apr 3, 2020
That's me! I couldn't have gotten 100% without getting Ngaruawahia! Virtual non-corona handshake coming up. 🤝 Man! That's tiny! These emoticons.....
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Level 72
Apr 16, 2020
Woo hoo, got four.
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Level 32
May 5, 2020
I only knew Auckland and Wellington :-)
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Level 61
May 11, 2020
Great quiz! HOWEVER... yes I'm gonna be THAT person... but I really don't think you can accept Palmerston for Palmerston North, as they are two very separate, distinct places.
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Level 50
May 25, 2020
Gassu, I really like your "format" of SVG quizzes - the map border, the legend, even how the dots look. Really good quiz!
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Level 74
Aug 5, 2020
I think you gave Nelson a dot for a 100,000-500,000 city!
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Level 72
Aug 5, 2020
You're absolutely right! It has triggered me for a long time, but I didn't want to update the quiz just because of it. So I secretly hoped nobody would notice ;-) But I guess now it's time to fix it finally!
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Level 49
Aug 11, 2020
14/100, thanks to the cricket!