The best place to live in NZ is...

Ode to Auckland

Auckland Harbour Bridge

HALEY MCCRYSTAL

Haley McCrystal loves living in Auckland so much that she's written a poem about it.

Napier, simply the best

Napier art deco

LEIGH PATTERSON

Leigh Patterson says Napier's fine weather and art deco character make it the best place to live in New Zealand.

Where it's ok to be different

Cuba St Carnival

IMOGEN IDOINE

It's Wellington's feel, it's atmosphere, it's passion for being different that sets it apart from the rest of New Zealand, Imogen Idoine says.

Two names, one fierce identity

ANNETTE MAIN

Whanganui's stunning beauty and warm way of life makes it the best place to live in New Zealand, Annette Main says.

Karamea like living in the 80s

Karamea Highway

FYNN MCCLINTOCK

Karamea's version of a traffic jam is a few cars stuck behind a tractor, and that's what makes it such a great place to live, writes Fynn McClintock.

You can't beat Wellington, any day

Stuff Nation

DAN MARGAN

Wellington may be full of politicians but don't let that put you off.

Kaikoura: An adventure every day

RACHEL VAUGHAN

You haven't lived until you've lived in spectacular Kaikoura, says Rachel Vaughan.

Taranaki's got it all

MICHAEL RILEY

People think Taranaki is just a small town with nothing to do, but Michael Riley thinks it's the best spot in New Zealand.

Rotorua: One bonny town

Rotorua

JO CAMERON

Cheap power and beautiful lakes, Rotorua is the best place in New Zealand to live, Jo Cameron says

Community spirit thrives in Gisborne

New Year's eve

HINEARI NOM

It's the willingness to lend a helping hand to your neighbour that makes Gisborne the best place to live, work and raise a family, Hineari Nom says.

Waihi: Are we there yet?

Waihi Beach

RODNEY FRANZOI

Thousands of people flock to Waihi Beach in the holidays, and Rodney Franzoi knows why.

Dunedin, best of all worlds

Dunedin railway station

JAMES DIGNAN

Dunedin, with its great weather, vibrant culture and close beaches, is the best place to live in New Zealand, James Dignan says.

Auckland, the perfect blend

skytower sky tower

MEGAN HALL

Megan Hall finds the found City of Sails to be a haven, not only for those who love a night out, but for families too.