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Auckland Harbour

Occupied by Māori for over 800 years, the land that is now Auckland is based around a surprisingly narrow isthmus, with the startling number of 50 volcanic cones pimpling the land, not all of them extinct.

It’s a wondrous landscape, with the Manukau Harbour to the southwest connected to the Tasman Sea, and the Waitemata Harbour to the east connected to the Hauraki Gulf and Pacific Ocean.

Volcanic cones such as One Tree Hill, Mt Eden and Rangitoto Island dot the horizon and small islands seem to float out in the Hauraki Gulf. There are magnificent black-sand beaches and the Waitakere Ranges out west, while marvellous beaches and farmland stretch away up north.

And covering this land is a bustling, multi-ethnic city – make that a super-city – as of 2011, the region’s municipalities merged to become a metropolis.

This is THE big smoke in New Zealand with fully one-third of the country’s population living here - the city of skyrocketing house prices, sprawling suburbs, traffic congestion like seldom seen, and bright lights to be envied.

Eat, Drink & Enjoy Auckland

Shop Auckland

Auckland In-A-Day

Top sights in the City of Sails

Auckland's Coast-to-Coast Walkway

Hike between Auckland's harbours (4-5hrs)

Auckland Art Gallery

Top art just off Queen St

Auckland Museum & Domain

Huge park & iconic museum

Auckland Wine


Short ferry trip from Downtown

Eden Park

NZ's national stadium / Auckland

Mt Eden

Auckland's highest volcano

One Tree Hill

Views from the top in Cornwall Park


Auckland's hippest street

Queen Street

Auckland's main drag

Sky Tower

Views, Skyjump, Skywalk, Food & Entertainment

Tamaki Drive

Waterfront drive, cycle path, aquarium & beaches

Wynyard Quarter & Viaduct Harbour

Dining & drinking precinct

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Peter Myers