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Auckland or Tamaki Makaurau (its Māori name meaning 'desired by many') is awesome! The city is located in the northern part of New Zealand's North Island.

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New Zealand Herald - Auckland Region

Auckland, also known as 'The city of Sails' is situated on New Zealand's North Island. It counts for about 1.5 million of New Zealand’s 4.5 million inhabitants, making it the largest and most populous city in New Zealand, with one third of the country's entire population. It is growing up to be a super city that stretches from the town of Wellsford in the north to the rolling Bombay Hills in the south. It is surrounded by three harbors: the Waitemata, the Manukau and the Kaipara. Administratively it used to be divided into four cities (Auckland, Manukau, North Shore and Waitakere) and three districts (Franklin, Rodney and Papakura). In 2010 the Auckland "Super-city" was created, encompassing all cities and districts that are now all part of the Auckland region.

With an urban population of 1.5 million Auckland is the most populous urban area in the country. Auckland is also home to the largest Polynesian population in the world.


It was first settled by Māori people sometime in the 14th century and has been, like the name suggests, much-sought-after as a strategic location, abundant food source (especially kai moana or seafood) but also extremely fertile soil and enough rainfall, plus great climatic conditions. The narrow Auckland isthmus has two harbours providing access to the sea on both the west and east coasts and occupies a strategic position through which people must pass on the way to or from Northland.

In 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi was signed and Auckland was named the capital city of New Zealand. By 1865 the capital was moved to Wellington and by 1900 Auckland was New Zealand's largest city.


The city was constructed on 55 volcanic peaks (updated number in 2013 by Auckland's vulcanologists) which form the Auckland volcanic field. The volcanic cones became settlements and some of the best known lookouts including Mount Eden (Māori : Maungawhau) and One Tree Hill.


Auckland is home to many cultures. The majority of inhabitants (about 65 percent) come from a European background, predominantly of British descent. Other nationalities found substantially are Māori, Pacific Islanders and Asian communities exist as well. Auckland has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world and a higher proportion of people of Asian origin than the rest of New Zealand.

Auckland City

Auckland Downtown

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Auckland Tourism Bureau
Visitors to Auckland

Indigenous Culture

Māori tourism options are profiled online Tourism Auckland . Of special note here is the beautiful Auckland Museum which showcases Auckland’s rich Māori history.


The winner of the popular count National Geographic World Legacy Award is TIME Unlimited Tours from New Zealand, operated by the Maori-European couple Ceillhe Tewhare Teneti Hema Sperath and Néill Sperath, and providing personalised and interactive Auckland and Maori Indigenous Cultural Tours. Ceillhe is a direct descendant of the Maori chief Patuone ('The Peacemaker') who is buried on Mount Victoria in Devonport, Auckland. For more information visit http://www.newzealandtours.travel/de-de/auckland-tours/cultural-experiences


One of the largest parks in the city is the Auckland Domain, which is very close to the Auckland CBD and offers a good view of the Hauraki Gulf and Rangitoto Island. Close to the city centre there are smaller parks to be found like Albert Park, Myers Park, Victoria Park and Western Park. All of Auckland’s parks retain a more natural character through the remaining volcanic cones within them. Prehistoric earthworks and historic fortifications are in several of these parks, including Mount Eden, North Head and One Tree Hill. Fuller Ferries provide transport to parks and nature reserves which belong to Greater Auckland like Devonport, Waiheke Island, Rangitoto Island and Tiritiri Matangi. The Waitakere Ranges Regional Park to the west of Auckland offers beautiful and relatively unspoiled bush territory, as do the Hunua Ranges to the south.

The 75-hectare Auckland Domain is the city's oldest park developed around the cone of an extinct volcano. The 'tuff rings' created by volcanic activity can be seen in the land contours and forms a natural amphitheater with about 10 hectares developed as sports fields. Inside the park is the stately Auckland War Memorial Museum which stands at the Domain's highest point.

There is saltwater swimming in the Parnell Baths.
Parks in Auckland - Auckland City Council -
Our Parks - Auckland Regional Council

Mahurangi Regional Park


Regular Events

BioBlitz .... Finding Nature in the City

Cultural World

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

The Sky Tower is the tallest of its kind in the southern hemisphere, towering 328 meters.

Among the city's art galleries - Soca.

Viaduct Harbor is home to the National Maritime Museum on Hobson Wharf.

North Shore hosts an outdoor concert series in February and March.


Otara Markets are the most famous in the city. Occupying the largest open-air inner city space with its trademark blue and white tents, Aotea Square Market is Auckland's most popular market. The market is located on Queen Street.

Night Markets

Where to eat



Auckland has a number of rugby and cricket grounds. Eden Park is the main sports ground used for rugby union during winter and cricket in summer. The stadium is three kilometers southwest of downtown, between the Kingsland and Mount Eden suburbs.

Rugby teams include the union Blues and league Warriors.

Auckland club rugby league is grassroots sport at its best.

The world’s largest one-day regatta takes place on Waitematā Harbour every Anniversary Day.

In 2017 the World Master Games took place in Auckland. The World Masters Games is the world’s largest multi-sport event. Held every four years, it is the pinnacle sporting event for masters competitors worldwide. In supporting the Olympic Games ethos of ‘sport for all’, the goal of the World Masters Games is to encourage participation in sport throughout life. Competition and camaraderie are equally celebrated.

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Economic Impact

Auckland a stronger major events city following RWC 2011
Rugby World Cup Evaluation Report (PDF):
"Interim results show that while interest amongst Auckland businesses in RWC 2011 was extremely high at 87.4 percent, fewer than a quarter of businesses felt a sense of involvement in the events. A survey of 500 businesses in December 2010 found 83 percent believed RWC 2011 would have a positive impact on their business. Over half of the respondents thought they were well prepared. Yet post-event data shows only a small proportion (8.9%) of Auckland businesses believed RWC 2011 had benefited them."

Recent History

Around 1300 east Polynesian people arrived in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Now known as Māori, they did not identify themselves by this summarising name until the first European people arrived in New Zealand. On the 13th of December 1642 Abel Janszoon Tasman, a dutch seafarer, explorer and merchant was the very first European to see New Zealand. But European settlement did not take place until a century later when the explorer Captain James Cook claimed New Zealand for Britain in 1769. In 1840 after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's first governor, Captain William Hobson, chose Auckland as the capital, naming the site after his former commander Lord Auckland. The Treaty established a British Governor of New Zealand and it recognised Māori ownership of their lands and other properties, it also gave the Māori the rights of British subjects. Auckland was officially declared New Zealand's capital in 1841 to 1865 and was the principal city of the Auckland Province until the provincial system was abolished in 1876.


In the very middle the city center is the Central Business District or CBD. Starting from Waterfront of Waitamata Harbour and Queen's Warf, Queen Street can be named as the main drag of the CBD. Here you will find many shops,hostels,hotels and of course the Sky Tower with it's Sky City. Downtown Auckland is dominated by modern high-rises,yet one will see an occasional older building, for instance the Auckland Art Gallery. Two parks are located in the inner city, Albert Park and The Domain, with the famous Auckland Museum set on top of it. Along the Waterfront are many Auckland attractions to be found, such as the former America's Cup Village, the Maritime Museum,the Viaduct Basin and the picturesque and historic Ferry Building.

Connecting Downtown to the North Shore City is the Harbour Bridge.


Waitakere Ranges

For a great overview touring Auckland City, the marine village of Devonport and the Waitakere Ranges, see

North Harbour is 12 kilometers north of downtown.
Helensville is a 40 minute drive north of town.
Waitakere Ranges and Muriwai Regional Parks are wilderness areas within an hour's drive from downtown. Details on Auckland Regional Council.
Waitakere Ranges Regional Park includes more than 16,000 hectares of native rainforest and coastline. Its 250 kilometers of walking and tramping tracks provide access to beaches, breathtaking vistas, spectacular rocky outcrops, streams, waterfalls and farms overlooking the wild west coast. Check out Arataki Visitor Centre and get directions with Google Maps. More info online Intranet Mapping.

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A drive three hours north leads to Waitangi.

Tiritiri Matangi is an island sanctuary that provides a pest-free habitat for many rare native bird species.A restoration project carried out by the Department of Conservation in the 1980s and 90s involved the removal of predators and the introduction of several endangered native bird species. Several of the birds were close to extinction and can now often be spotted on the island. These include the saddleback, takahe, parakeet, North Island robin, kokako, little spotted kiwi and brown teal duck. Visitors are welcome to explore Tiritiri Matangi and see some of New Zealand's most endangered birds in the wild. Ferry services run on a regular basis.

Puhoi is situated on the beautiful Puhoi River and is one of New Zealand's two ethnic historic villages. The village, 50 kilometers north of Auckland, was settled in 1863 by immigrants from Bohemia, an area which is now the Czech Republic.

Papakura - http://www.papakura.govt.nz

Tawharanui Regional Park is set on a remote peninsula

Arataki Visitor Centre

TRANSPORTATION -- Auckland International Airport is the country's busiest airport and the main gateway to New Zealand. About 70% of all visitor arrivals come through Auckland. For the best value of getting into the city from the airport, use the Airport Express, which leaves from Auckland Downtown Ferry Terminal every 15 minutes from 4:30am to 10:15pm. Alternatively, take a taxi from or to the airport (which is located to the south of the city). Transport services are organised by Maxx Regional Transport.There are a few trains but the city depends mainly on buses for public transport, as well as an excellent ferry system. For bus transport to the northern part of the Auckland region, use the new Northern Busway.

Fullers Auckland offers tours of Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf Islands.

Bikes and Cycling

https://wheeledpedestrian.wordpress.com - @wheeledped
https://www.bikeauckland.org.nz - @BikeAKL

Auckland Transport

Bike Wise

Seven secret cycleways

https://www.lovetoride.net/auckland - @Akld_DHB

WEATHER - Auckland enjoys a warm coastal-oceanic climate without temperature extremes.It enjoys warm, humid summers and mild but damp winters. The average daily maximum temperatures range from 22C in summer to 16C during the winter. It is therefor considered as the warmest main centre of New Zealand and is also one of the sunniest, with an average of 2060 sunshine hours per annum. On average the daily maximum temperature is cerca 23.7° C in February, and round about 14.5 °C in July. In July 1939 Auckland received its only recorded snowfall.


Sustainability Network is a club focused on the promotion of sustainability in our personal lifestyles and our wider community. We will be carrying out a wide variety of activities on campus in order to educate, raise awareness and provide resources to encourage sustainable living.


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Three Houses Down
Pecha Kucha Night
Auckland Personal Tours
Shared Space Proposals
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Hauraki Plains

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Waatea 603 - Facebook - Twitter - Blog

Volcanoes of Auckland - Bruce Hayward maps out the volcanoes

Ban on berm gardens - Berm gardener Richard Green talks about veggie patches and flower bed on Auckland's roadsides being banned unless you pay $150 for a special license.

Neil Finn live at the Auckland Town Hall

Auckland Stories

Tales of urban life in Tāmaki Makaurau.


Auckland City Government
Auckland Regional Council
Auckland City Council


New Zealand Herald
The Aucklander


rwc report from auckland

Auckland @ Pocket Universe

Elsewhere on the Web

Auckland Trains
Auckland Hotels - WOTIF
Tourism Auckland
Geographic Information and Mapping
The Edge
Maori Trips - Tourism Auckland
Te waha nui
BarCamp Auckland
http://aucklandfreewalkingtours.co.nz - https://www.facebook.com/aklfreewalking


Perfect Weekend: 2 days, 2 nights in Auckland


The Icehouse
The Muddy Farmer


Sport Auckland


Maxx regional transport


Auckland Conservation Management Strategy Review



North Harbor



Otahuhu - Wikipedia
Food map offers rich pickings in the city
NZ fruit and food share map



Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island is located in the Hauraki Gulf, about 35 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland.
http://waiheke.aucklandnz.com - @Waiheke_NZ

On Google Maps where are the Six Pohutukawas in Auckland? = ¿En Google Maps dónde están los Seis Pohutukawas en Auckland? @LocalAuckland @Pohutukawa6 @timeunlimited #roofdog


Auckland Transport directors decided unanimously to save six giant pohutukawa trees their staff wanted cut down to provide extra traffic space at Western Springs. Check out the following links:
Maori upset at tree destruction

Pohutukawa Trees At Narrow Neck Beach

Nearby: MOTAT - Auckland's Museum for Transport and Technology, at Western Springs. @MOTAT_NZ
The Museum of Transport and Technology is a museum located in Western Springs, Auckland, New Zealand. It is located close to the Western Springs Stadium, Auckland Zoo and the Western Springs Park.

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Auckland - Catchment - City - Domain - Eden Park - Māori - Nethui - Papakura - Rugby - Volcano - Waterfront


Auckland's population lives on a narrow isthmus of land surrounded by two magnificent harbours, Waitemata and Manukau, and two outstanding forest blocks, Waitakere and Hunua.
'Auckland is a biodiversity paradise'


Auckland Junction
Google map of Auckland Developments


If it is 4pm in Auckland, what time is it elsewhere?