mecduplateau saidNorth Island is more populated. South Island is more touristy.
Auckland is by far the most expensive city. I found Wellington a bit cheaper, but its still not cheap. Its more of a 9-5 town cause of all the government workers, but it also has a hipster queer/art scene. Christchurch on the south island is still a mess from the earthquakes and never really recovered. I found it really depressing there. Dunedin way down south is a cute uni town with some beautiful surroundings, but pretty closeted guys cause its a bit more socially conservative down there.
Auckland is definitely the gayest city, but also the most expensive. If you end up there be sure to get up north to 90mile beach or Waipu.
Oh cool. The places you listed are locations that I was considering. I was hoping though that Christchurch had recovered, sad that they haven't. I read good things about the city.
Thanks for the info. And if you have more feel free to post. :-)
If you end up down south in Dunedin make sure to get out of town and over to Sandfly Bay to see the seals and penguins. The sand dunes are massive! Moeraki just north of Dunedin is pretty touristy, but kind of interesting with rock volcanic rock formations that will make you wonder how they got there.
If you're up north, I can recommend Opononi enough. Plus... gay dolphins. And the Waipoua forest is right nearby with the oldest cody trees on the planet including one called Tane Mahuta that is pretty crazy to see. Also just south of Auckland is Rotorua which has some impressive volcanic mud pits that are fun. And just off the coast of Auckland and easily accessible by ferry is Rangitoto, a volcano island that is now a nature reserve that you can hike up and visit cool lava caves.
Have fun. NZ is the shit!