The AUCKLAND CITY lies in the Northern islands of New Zealand. The city is the largest and most populous urban city in the whole country. Auckland has an urban population of 1,418,000 and the metropolitan population is 1,529,300 which indeed constitute of 32%and 34% of the country’s population. Auckland is the only city who has got the largest Polynesian population in the world.
In Maori, Auckland’s name is Tamaki Makaurau and the transliterated version is Akarana. Auckland lies between the Hauraki Gulf of Pacific Ocean to the east. Auckland is the most remote substantially populated city. The supreme part of the urban area of Auckland occupies the narrow isthmus between the Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and the Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the few cities of the world to have two harbors on two separate major bodies of water.
The 2011 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Auckland 3rd place in the world on its record, while, in the Economist’s World’s most liveable cities index it is at world’s 9th place. The land of Auckland was given to the Governor by local Maori, iwi Ngati Whatua, as a sign of good will and the hope that the building of this city would attract commercial and political opportunities for the iwi. In the year 1841, Auckland was officially declared New Zealand’s capital; however, in 1840 even Nicholson (later Wellington) was seen as a better choice for an administrative capital because of its proximity to the South Island and Wellington became the capital in 1865.
CLIMATE, CULTURE & RELIGION
Auckland straddles the Auckland volcanic field which has produced about 50 volcanoes, Auckland’s volcanoes are fueled entirely by basaltic magma. It has a temperate climate with warm, humid summers and mild, damp winters, snowfall in Auckland is extremely rare.
Auckland is home to many cultures. The majority of inhabitants claim to be a European but nothing can be said about their true identity. Similar to rest of the country, over half of Aucklander’s profess Christianity, but less than 10% regularly attend church and about 40%profess no religious affiliation (2006 census figures). Auckland’s lifestyle is influenced by the fact that it is 70% in rural areas, 90% lives in urban areas.
HOW TO REACH THERE
Auckland is mainly known by its nick name the “City of Sails”. The name was derived from the popularity of sailing in Auckland. 135,000 yachts and launches are registered in Auckland and around 60,500 of the country’s 149,900 registered yachtsmen are from Auckland, with about one in three Auckland households owning a boat.
Getting to Auckland by road is easy, whether you are travelling by car, coach, bus or motorcycle. Best of all things is the scenary along the way. Renting a vehicle is easy with car, motorhomes, campervans, bicycles or motorcycle.
Getting to Auckland by cruise ship, cruise pass the islands of the Hauraki Gulf and into the beautiful Waitemata Harbour where you’ll dock right in downtown Auckland step off the ship and into a city full of wonderful things to see and to do. You can experience Auckland’s culture and history, do a lot of shopping, taste the local food with wine or hop on a day tour to explore. You can either choose to travel by rail and watch the beautiful scenery of New Zealand unfold. Or else fly into Australia’s 2nd largest airport, Auckland Airport, which is served by 18 international airlines, flying directly to Auckland from 32 destinations around the world. There’s also more than 300 daily flights to 20 cities around the country, making it easy for visitor’s travelling within New Zealand.
FAMOUS PLACES AND ATTRACTIONS OF THE CITY OF SAILS
1. Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World
Auckland is a city that takes pride in marine life an harbor location, known as the best underwater world around, without getting wet. Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World on Tamaki Drive. So, Be amazed after looking at the giant sharks, stingrays and the rich variety of species from New Zealand’s coastal waters.
2. MOTAT – Museum of Transport and Technology
MOTAT is New Zealand’s largest transport and technology museum. MOTAT will definitely take you on an interactive journey through many of the technological achievements that have helped shape New Zealand. It set on 40 acres of land.
3. Waiwera Thermal Spa Resort
Waiwera Thermal Spa Resort, 40 minutes north of central Auckland for a fun day out. Relax your muscles as well as your mind and soak up the warmth of the pools; even you can also take the kids down the hydra-slides. The Waiwera Thermal Resort attracts about 350 thousand visitors every year.
4. Day trip to Waiheke Island
This beautiful island is just 35 minutes from Auckland by a ferry and once you reach it, you will have so much to explore. Take a ferry from Half Moon Bay in East Auckland,a long holiday or just a day trip. Once you have reached the island, have a picnic or visit the vineyards or take a walk through the ancient Stony Batter or take the kids to explore all the family-friendly beaches and attractions on offer.
5. SKYCITY Casino and entertainment complex
Located right in the heart of the city, and you can’t miss this architectural masterpiece. Step inside and you will experience the glamour of a casino with a peppering of New Zealand culture seen in the design of the building. The world-class casino of Auckland offers hours of entertainment, and there are many restaurants and bars to eat at. People must take a ride to the top and should witness the breathtaking 360 degree views. You can take a walk around the top of the pergola or the most daring people can choose the Sky Jump.
6. Auckland Zoo
Auckland has a variety of vineyards that are worth visiting if you enjoy the odd glass of wine, delicious food and a stunning setting. You can even join a wine tasting tour and can make a separate trip to one of the many vineyards in the city.
The City of Sails has been a haven for all the beach-lovers. All year round people can enjoy the glorious sights and walks at many of Auckland’s beaches.
9. Cafes, restaurants and bars
Auckland’s cosmopolitan food offerings will keep you eating out for days on end. This city has been a cultural melting spot for people and the place whipped up into a selection of restaurants offering something for everyone.