Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand. It is perched amongst beautiful harbours and surrounded by forests and subtropical islands.
Auckland is known as the City of Sails and regularly voted as one of the best lifestyle cities in the world. Auckland is also known in the Maori language as Tamaki-Makau-Rau. This translates to ?the city of one hundred lovers?. It earned this name because it was a place desired by all and conquered by many.
It has a population of over 1.3 million, which makes it by far the largest city in New Zealand, totalling approximately one third of the country?s entire population.
Modern Auckland stretches from the northern town of Wellsford to the rolling hills of Bombay in the south. There are three harbours surrounding Auckland; the Waitemata, the Manukau and Kaipara.
Auckland is divided into 4 sub regions or cities ? Auckland, Manukau, North Shore and Waitakere. There are also 3 districts; Franklin, Rodney and Papakura.
It houses the world?s largest number of Polynesians in one place and there are more Polynesians from the islands of Samoa, Niue and Cook Islands living in Auckland than in those islands themselves.
Auckland is made up of 66% European, 11% Maori, 13% Pacific Island and a growing Asian population. The immigration of many people from Asian countries has seen the explosion of ethnic restaurants, shops and businesses in the Auckland area.
Auckland has great shopping, cuisine and night life. It also has the largest international airport in the country, plus two domestic terminals.
It has a warm climate that lets people enjoy more than 100 kilometres of coastline and stunning beaches. The climate is generally long, warm and sunny, with temperatures in the 20's. Winter is mild, with the average daily temperature around 12?C. During spring, it is around 15C.
Auckland is blessed with idyllic islands that invite visitors and tourists to be laid back and relax.
Geographically it is a marvel because of its 48 volcanic cones, ancient rainforests and mountain ranges. It has an extensive network of regional parks, covering over 37,000 hectares.
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