Auckland is the southernmost big city of our Earth hosting more than 1,3 million peoples (Aucklander). And there are still other amazing facts about Auckland making it worth for your visit and vacation : it hosts the highest building from the southern hemisphere ( the renowned Sky Tower); it has the biggest number of yachts worldwide and is also nicknamed as The City of Sails; it also has the biggest polynesian comunity worldwide etc.
One third of the New Zealand population lives in Auckland, which is undoubtfully the economic capital of the country (the administrative capital is in Wellington, which has easier acces to the both islands forming New Zealand). Nevertheless, many people say “ Auckland is not New Zealand“, maybe in the same way with Americans claiming ” America is not New York” or the Aussies saying “Australia is not Sydney“.
Despite all these hurdles Auckland will continue its growth due to its excellent location: it lies on an isthmus which is only 2 km wide in its narrowest side and has two harbors( Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and Waitemata Harbour at the Pacific Ocean). All around are 25 sleeping volcanoes offering excellent views of the city. Even on these volcanic peaks the maori aborigens build fortified villages called pa starting 1350. The modern city of Auckland was grounded in 1840 when pakeha (white Europeans ) started to come in big waves.
The contemporary Auckland has to offer many things to any visitors: cheap hostels or exquisite hotels; fancy restaurants ( ask about the sea fruits assorted with the local Chardonnay); museums and memorials (war museum; Museum of Transportation and Technology-MOTAT); festivals (e.g. the Parnell Rose Festival). There are also rallyes and races in Auckland, regattas and a vibrant night life on the K Road. Man, you are going to love this city!
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