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  • In the far southwest of the Pacific Ocean lies Auckland.

  • Home to some 1.5 million people, it is New Zealand's most populous city.

  • Auckland is the perfect base from which to explore

  • the scenic coastline and hidden coves of the diverse North Island.

  • Nicknamed the City of Sails,

  • Auckland has more boats per capita than anywhere else in the world.

  • In this city nestled between two big natural harbors, water is never far away...

  • Auckland's biggest landmark is Rangitoto Island,

  • which can be seen from all over the city.

  • As the country's biggest city, Auckland has modern malls,

  • spacious urban parks, and plenty of culture.

  • Enjoy breakfast in the Elliot Stables,

  • an old Renaissance-style warehouse and then walk along nearby Queen Street.

  • Then, head out and explore the city's major attractions on a hop-on, hop-off bus.

  • Outside the central business district,

  • visit the trendy shops and restaurants of Ponsonby, Auckland's hippest strip.

  • Walk along the promenade of Mission Bay and enjoy this inner-city beach.

  • The most characteristic building on Auckland's waterfront

  • is the Edwardian-style Ferry Terminal.

  • Head across the bay to nearby Devonport and enjoy a seafood lunch.

  • You could spend days exploring the cosmopolitan streets and bays of Auckland,

  • but its main attraction is found beyond the city limits:

  • Unspoiled nature!

  • Auckland's rugged coastline with dramatic cliffs

  • and rolling hills is simply stunning.

  • Drive to the native rainforest of the Waitakere Ranges

  • to enjoy a treetop walk and see more of New Zealand's unique flora and fauna.

  • This regional park is located just to the west of the city.

  • Nearby, along the volcanic western coastline of the North Island is Piha Beach,

  • with Lion's Rock to the north. It's a famous spot for experienced surfers.

  • Other west coast beaches are equally stunning and no matter which one you pick,

  • they are all good for building sandcastles, fishing, paddling and long walks on the beach.

  • Back in the city, head to the main public park, called Auckland Domain,

  • to watch the locals play cricket.

  • It's a great place to tune into the laid-back lifestyle

  • that is so typical for this remote island nation.

  • In the stately Auckland War Memorial Museum,

  • hear the story and see the treasures of Aotearoa,

  • "The Land of the Long White Cloud", as the nativeori people call New Zealand.

  • Their ancestors sailed here about a thousand years ago

  • and their fiercely proud culture is still very much alive today.

  • Children will love the Auckland Zoo,

  • where they can meet AND treat the animals of the African savannah.

  • Another great day out is Rainbow's End.

  • Bounce into each other during fun rides....

  • whirl around in the air

  • or get dumped in seconds!

  • There are more thrills to be had downtown at the Sky Tower,

  • where you can base jump at breathtaking speeds.

  • If you rather just watch, ride to the Observation platform,

  • to look straight down on Auckland's central streets.

  • Just before sunset, hike or drive to the top of Mount Eden,

  • an inner-city volcano,

  • to see the sparkling lights reveal some of the city's finest buildings.

  • Auckland has countless riches,

  • as theori already discovered many centuries ago.

  • They called the areamaki Makaurau, meaning "desired by a hundred men".

  • The appeal is still there today and the city's unique history,

  • untouched nature, family-friendly attractions and easygoing lifestyle

  • make it a desired destination for millions of overseas visitors every year.

  • Nau maimaki Makaurau! - Welcome to Auckland!

In the far southwest of the Pacific Ocean lies Auckland.

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