Auckland New Zealand
Auckland is New Zealand's largest urban area with a population of just over a
million people. It is not, however, the capital, although it was at one time, until
the capital moved to Wellington. Auckland is
the centre of commerce and industry, and is perhaps the most vibrant, bustling and
multicultural city in New Zealand. Auckland is the biggest Polynesian city in the
world, and this cultural influence is reflected in many different aspects of city
The city's landscape is dominated by volcanic hills, the twin harbours, bays,
beaches and islands. Its nickname 'the city of sails' is very apt. Auckland has
more boats per capita than anywhere else in the world.
Auckland is dotted with volcanic hills, many of which were once the site of Maori
pas, or fortified villages, and which currently afford great views of the city.
Auckland lies between the Waitemata and Manukau harbours, and its geography is such
that glistening waters seem to beckon from every point. It is a water lover's
paradise, with some of the best beaches, swimming, diving, fishing, sailing,
windsurfing and watersports in the country.
Tour the North Island
Kerikeri, Russell, Bay of Islands, Waitangi, Paihia, Coromandel Peninsula, Auckland, Waitakere, Whakatane, Rotorua, Taupo, New Plymouth, Napier, Hawkes Bay, Hastings, Havelock North, Wellington
Tour the South Island
Nelson, Picton, Westport, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Mount Cook, Akaroa, Tekapo, Twizel, Milford Sound, Wanaka, Queenstown, Doubtful Sound, Moeraki, Fiordland, Te Anau, Manapouri, Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Stewart Island