Upper Hutt, New Zealand

Upper Hutt

In 1983, Upper Hutt, New Zealand was added as our second Sister City, in part because our neighboring city, Tempe, is a Sister City to Lower Hutt, which borders Upper Hutt. This city of 40,000 residents is part of the Wellington metropolitan region of New Zealand. In 1988, the Mayor and Chief Executive of Upper Hutt visted Mesa and met with Mesa Mayor Peggy Rubach. Letters and gifts have been exchanged between the two communities as citizens have visited over the years.


South Island, NZ

Ferry ride and cruise for dolphin watching tour. 


Wellington, NZ

Capital of New Zealand, population 212,000. One of the larger cities in New Zealand. 

Stairway to Heaven Hike

Paekakariki Escarpment Walk, NZ

The Escarpment Track runs from Paekākāriki to Pukerua Bay, taking in sweeping views of the spectacular Kāpiti Coastline and the region’s famous Kāpiti Island.

Youth Ambassadors

Youth Ambassadors travel to our sister cities during the summer. The youth are eligible after completing their sophomore and junior year in high school.  

Host Families

Each youth ambassador spends three weeks with their host family in one of our Mesa Sister Cities. They return home and then welcome their youth ambassador in their homes here in Mesa. 

Population of New Zealand

(*population of Phoenix metro area is 4,857,000)

Number of sheep per person

Mesa Sister Cities provided me with an eye-opening cultural experience that allowed me to make life-long friends.


– Tanna G., Youth Ambassador 2019