Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, with a population nearing 1.5 million or one third of the entire country. It is located on New Zealand's North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui), on a small stretch of land that joins it together. Auckland has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world.
The city offers a combination of scenic natural playgrounds in all shapes and forms (turquoise waters, beach islands, volcanoes, rainforests..) outside of the city, and multicultural big city sophistication inside of its boundaries. Add a sunny climate added into the mix and this is basically the perfect holiday destination. Auckland is nicknamed the City of Sails for the large amount of yachts that roam the waters around it.
West of the city rainforest falls down the hills and meets the black sand beaches at the shore. North of the city you find wine country amongst equally impressive coastlines. The Auckland region is surrounded by 48 volcanoes, of which Rangitoto Island is the most well known. This is a great destination for a day trip hike.
Inside of the city the iconic Sky Tower offers fantastic views over the surrounding area. The city's nightlife is vibrant and no matter whether you like to party, have a casual drink or just grab a bite to eat, you will find something suitable. In terms of shopping, you will find everything from charming markets to big-name luxury brands. [Review by travelindicator]
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- Auckland is a city in New Zealand. It has a population of 1,397,300, is situated at an altitude of 69ft and the best airport to fly into is AKL (Auckland International, Auckland)
- The currency used in New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar (NZD)
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More Auckland travel resources
The official one at Aucklandnz.com is useful, especially when it comes to annual events, concerts and gigs. The New Zealand tourism site also has a bunch of useful articles on Auckland. We don't really know which site is affiliated with what, but here is another official looking website. We always have to make mention of sites likes Wikitravel and Lonely Planet, while we really liked T+L's definitive guide to Auckland. Nomadic Matt wrote his usual succinct insights on the city, while another Matt wrote about Auckland on a budget.
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