"Keeweechic's Auckland" Top 5 Page for this destination Auckland by keeweechic
Auckland Travel Guide: 1,100 reviews and 2,462 photos
Auckland is the gateway to New Zealand for most International travellers and the largest city in New Zealand. The city has been named by many international survey reports as being one of the top 10 cities in the world to live in. Much of Auckland is built on extinct volcanoes which are now hilly parks and gardens where you can get wonderful 360 degree views of the city. Auckland sits between two large harbours and therefore has the highest number of boats per capita in the World - it is not known as the 'City of Sails' for nothing. Actually, yachting berths in the Hauraki gulf are said to be some of the most expensive in the world.
Auckland has only a population of just over one million which includes the worlds largest Polynesian population and a fast growing Asian community. Other than the water based activities, there are many galleries, museums, theatres, five star hotels, and top class restaurants which offer an extensive range of cuisine.
From downtown Auckland you can take a ferry to one of the many islands like Rangitoto, Waiheke and Great Barrier or just a leisurely 10 minute ferry ride across to Devonport across the harbour and visit NZ's WW2 defenses at North Head. On the weekend there are many markets scattered around the city region from Takapuna on the north shore to South Auckland - lots of good bargains and usually some good food as well.
The waterfront drive is a nice leisurely cruise around the white sandy beaches as well as attractions like Kelly Tarltons Aquarium. The homes around the drive are also some of the most expensive in Auckland with great views. The area though is especially hectic through the summer months. The Round the Bays run held each year also uses this route and its quite a sight to see thousands of colourful runners challenging themselves.
There is no shortage of things to do in Auckland and if it seems like I am biased? Well I am, I was born here and lived her most of my life. I now live overseas but I always call Auckland home, and where my family is. To me Auckland will always be the best city in New Zealand.
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