Auckland, New Zealand, has been rated the third most liveable city in the world. It is a melting pot of many cultures that live in peace and mutual acceptance. The majority of the people living here are New Zealand Europeans of British decent, but there are also many Pacific Islanders and Asians. New Zealand has a population of about 1.5 million, with 32 percent living in Auckland.
The city has a rich heritage of its own. Settlers came from Polynesia via canoe voyages between 1250 and 1300 AD. Over centuries of isolation, they developed their own culture that is known as “Maori” with their own language and way of living. This includes many magical myths surrounding the land and its history.
A Unique City
The city’s name came from the Maori word Tāmaki Makaurau (or Ākarana), which means “the maiden sought by a hundred lovers”, referring to its beauty. Although Auckland is a bustling metropolis, it is surrounded by lush farmland and tropical rain forests. It is the only city in the world built on an active basaltic volcanic field.
There is plenty to see and do in this beautiful city. One of its nicknames is “City of Sails” because of the people’s love of water sports. With its mild winters and warm summers, people take to the water most of the year. The city is one of the few to have two harbors on two separate bodies of water, the Manukau Harbor on the Tasman Sea and the Waitemata Harbor on the Pacific Ocean.
The Sky Tower is a communications and observation tower where you will find a casino complex and restaurants including one that rotates 360 degrees, allowing a superb view of the city and its surroundings, as well as observation decks, one with a glass floor. Daredevils do bungee jumping from these heights.
There is Kelly Tarlton’s aquarium where you can view the many water creatures from this area.The art gallery holds treasures from the 11th century to the present.The Auckland Museum tells of the area’s people, history, flora, and fauna. The war museum also serves as a war memorial to those killed in the First and Second World Wars. There are two ‘Halls of Memory’ and along with marble slabs, list the names of all known New Zealand soldiers from the Auckland Region killed in major conflicts.There is also the Auckland Zoo, Rainbows End fun park for the whole family, Glenfern Sanctuary for nature lovers, and Snowplanet, an indoor year-round snow resort.With its varied culture, there are shops that you will be delighted to browse in, and restaurants of an amazing variety.
Rangitoto Island is a volcanic island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland City. The Scenic Reserve there is the youngest volcano in the Auckland volcanic field. It is home to a pohutukawa forest.Waitemata Harbour offers harbor tours and sailing.Of course, there are walking trails where you can enjoy the scenery and tours, along with gorgeous gold courses. Contact me here