Tips in 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 life.
One of the most beautiful cities in New Zealand, Auckland is known for its popular sailing, earning it the nickname 'City of Sails'. There are more than 100 beaches within an hours' drive from central Auckland and the majority of beaches here are generally categorized by area, being known either simply as the East, West or North beaches.
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, and windsurfing and water sports in the country.
Auckland and the surrounding Islands offer many exciting and memorable tourist attractions for you to choose from. We recommend visiting the Auckland Sky Tower where you can enjoy spectacular views of the city from hundreds of meters up. Other popular city attractions include the Auckland Museum, Kelly Tarleton’s Underwater World, Auckland Zoo and the Sky Tower Sky Jump.
Auckland is a vibrant place to visit at any time of the year and with over 100 stunning beaches, many exceptional walking / tramping trails, and an average of seven to eight hours of sunny weather each single day, it is hardly surprising that this enticing holiday destination attracts visitors and tourists from all over the world.
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