The Best Regional Towns For Walking

Our North Island regional centres aren’t slouches when it comes to living without a car.

Beautiful beaches & entertainment hotspots are rife in our smaller town centres. We used walkscore.com to calculate which regional centres take the cake.

A walkscore of over 90 is considered a paradise! between 75 – 90 it is possible to live without a car, but has limitations.

Napier Central

With a walkscore of 93, Napier central is home to fantastic little art galleries & eateries along the waterfront. The sunshine hours alone make for a great walk along the boardwalk.

Tauranga & The Mount Aren’t Paradise?

They both didn’t crack the 90’s threshold. Perhaps it is still retaining that old time beach charm! Who’s to say a walk up The Mount isn’t a great way to see the sun rise?

Whangarei Weighs In At 87

With it’s sleepy town centre & small marina, Whangarei has it’s own charm at it’s own pace. Considering how fast the port & Marsden point have expanded, it’s nice to see Whangarei still has its own quirks.

Whanganui Little Slice Of Great Activities

With the mighty Whanganui running through the heart of the town through to the sea, there’s plenty of things within walkable distance like enjoying the great Virginia Lake. With a walkscore of 87 for the main centre it punches well above it’s weight.

Roto-Vegas Anyone?

Rotorua is one of NZ’s tourist capital hubs so it’s no surprise that many attractions & activities are within walking distance from the town centre. With beautiful Lake Rotorua as the centrepiece, a walk around the lake is no easy feat.

Check out our interactive data below!

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This article originally written by Kim Fulton