nelson - Situated at the top of the south island and well known for it's arts
and crafts scene.
population: 54,500 (probably more if you include the ever expanding suburbs)
Cute and relatively small, but it's clearly expanding with typical urban sprawl and becoming more and more of a car dependant hellscape. Haven't really gotten to spend too much time here yet. The population seems notably more conservative than most other places I've visited in aotearoa.