Affectionately called as the ‘City of Sails’ as there always are a large number of yachts found gracing the Houraki Gulf and the Waitemata Harbor. Served by the Auckland International Airport, this commercial capital of New Zealand is conveniently accessible from United States, Asia, South America and South Pacific destinations.
Located on the northern half of the North Island in New Zealand, Auckland which is home to over one million people, is the largest metropolitan area of this island nation. Featuring a rich Pacific cultural mix, Auckland in fact also is the largest city within the entire Polynesian region. Several inner and outer Houraki Gulf islands are officially part of Auckland City, which has eventually expanded and merged with eight smaller local authorities.It is one of the few cities in the world to have harbours on two separate major bodies of water.
Most significant areas comprising of the CBD and the Auckland Waterfront are built over reclaimed land in the last 100 years. Heavily involved with the New Zealand service oriented industries, the local economy is largely associated with banking and insurance alongside contributions from the tourist sector. Areas such as High Street, Queen Street, Ponsonby Road, and Karangahape Road are very popular with urban socialites.Many national treasures are displayed at the Auckland Art Gallery, such as the work of Colin McCahon, while many other significant cultural artefacts reside at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the National Maritime Museum, or the Museum of Transport and Technology .The Waitemata Harbour has popular swimming beaches at Mission Bay, Devonport, Takapuna, and the West Coast has popular surf spots such as Piha and Muriwai. Many Auckland beaches are patrolled by surf lifesaving clubs .