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Welcome to Auckland

View of Auckland City and Harbour at dusk. Copyright: Chris McLennan

With a population of more than 1.37 million in the Greater Auckland area, Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand. Here you will find a vibrant city with a diverse mix of culture, landscapes and tastes.

Nestled between two harbours, Auckland is an amazing places of bays, beaches, harbours, islands and vineyards. Explore the dormant volcanic island of Rangitoto, boat the Great Barrier Island, dive Goat Island Marine Reserve or jump off the Sky Tower!

Auckland is alive with cultural and demographic diversity. There are many cultures and demographics in Auckland City. It boasts strong Polynesian tradition intermingled with the British and European culture.

Located in the north of the North Island, Auckland rests between the Hauraki Gulf to the east, the low Hunua Ranges to the south-east, the Manukau Harbour to the south-west, and the Waitakere Ranges to the west and north-west. The central area of Auckland is nestled on a narrow isthmus, between the Manukau Harbour and the Waitemata Harbour.

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Weather

Auckland enjoys a temperate climate, with warm, humid summers and mild, damp winters. It is the warmest main centre of New Zealand and also one of the sunniest.

Attractions

The Auckland Region is a beautiful place to explore, with beautiful destinations, adrenaline pumping adventure and excellent shopping.

Popular attractions in Auckland include the Sky Tower, Rainbows End, MOTAT Museum, Auckland Botanic Gardens, Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World, Rangitoto Island and Waiheke Island.

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Hotels

Many Auckland hotels are conveniently located in the CBD area of Auckland, ranging from budget 1 star hostels to luxurious 5 star accommodation options. Popular choices amongst travellers include the Auckland Waterfront Serviced Apartments on Prince Wharf, Braemar on Parliament Street and Hotel Debrett. For cheaper options, there's the BK Hostel, Newton Lodge, and Grafton Oaks Hotel.

Transport

Auckland enjoys a modern transport system, with well maintained roads, cycleways, foot paths, airports, wharves and boat ramps. Public transport options include buses, taxis and water taxis.

If you are looking for an Auckland rental car, there are a wide range of car rental companies providing this service. You must hold a New Zealand driver's license to be allowed to hire and drive a car in New Zealand.

Auckland taxis are common in all major centres, as are buses.

Many rental car companies provide a pick up/drop off service to the Auckland Airport, alongside many taxis and buses.

Education

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, and small wonder. The city is modern, enjoys mild weather and is surrounded by water, islands and attractions.

Many residents and international visitors choose to study in Auckland and take advantage of the range of schools and polytechnics located here. Courses are available for everything including Maori education, becoming a teacher, becoming a qualified tradesman, IT technician, doctor, author, song writer or a qualified Software Tester.

Located in the heart of Auckland City, the Auckland University is the country's largest university and has 4 specialist campuses.

Sports and Music Event Venues

There are a variety of event venues throughout Auckland.

Eden Park is the city's primary stadium and a frequent home for international sports matches.

Vector Arena is an enclosed arena and frequently used for concerts.

Other stadiums include North Harbour Stadium, Mt Smart Stadium, Trusts Stadium and North Shore Events Centre.

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