Auckland

Auckland

Auckland

A passion for great food, coffee, nightlife and shopping, Auckland is bursting at the seams with the colourful culture that comes from being the country’s most cosmopolitan city.


Once named the country’s capital by early settler William Hobson (the then governor of New Zealand), Auckland now boasts the biggest population of all urban areas. Visitors come from far and wide with Auckland Airport seeing around one million international travelers a month, while the city is also home to the largest Polynesian population in the world.

Once named the country’s capital by early settler William Hobson (the then governor of New Zealand), Auckland now boasts the biggest population of all urban areas. Visitors come from far and wide with Auckland Airport seeing around one million international travelers a month, while the city is also home to the largest Polynesian population in the world.

Straddling the Auckland volcanic field means there was plenty of action in the area in early days, and the volcanic cone known as One Tree Hill stands as a dominant landmark to remind locals of their once precarious position. Even new suburbs have made the most of the volcano effect with Stonefields an example of housing being tucked into an area that was once cored by lava flow.

Dotted with inlets and harbours mean Aucklanders are never far from the sea, and a short ferry ride away are some of the most picturesque and popular islands and scenic reserves. Nicknamed the ‘City of Sails’ thanks to the people’s obsession with gliding upon the nearby ocean, it’s been said that nearly one in every three households in Auckland has a boat.

Keep your eyes peeled on Ponsonby Road for famous faces, eat and drink from some of the best hospitality spots the country has to offer, and soak up the special feeling that you won’t get anywhere else of sharing a city with over 1.5million other people.

Viaduct North Wharf in Auckland.