Auckland

Auckland is known as the 'City of Sails' it has more boats per capita than any other city in the world. With a population of 1.3 million people it has almost a third of New Zealand's population. Auckland is a great place to visit and an even better place to live. With great swimming beaches fifteen minutes north of the CBD, a magnificent harbour, islands for sailing and a vibrant young city always ready for a party, Auckland is one of the Southern Hemispheres more enjoyable cities.

Auckland spreads over a narrow isthmus between the glittering waters of the Waitemata and Manukau Harbours. A cloak of rainforests spill over the surrounding hills and mountains where dozens of volcanos lay dormant. The Hauraki Gulf is home to many scattered holiday island, including to of the best; Waikeke Island and Great Barrier Island. With so much to see and do, Auckland has something to offer everyone, whether you sails the waters of the surrounding bay, experience the culture and heritage in the city or jump off the tallest building in the southern hemisphere.

Population: 1.3 Million People

Airport: Auckland International Airport [AKL]

Attractions:

Auckland is home to the World's first harbour bridge bungy jump, operated by the Auckland Bridge Bungy. This state of the art personal challenge is located one pier directly under the bridge at Pier 2 where jumpers leap over the Waitemata Harbour.

The Auckland Art Gallery was built in 1888 and houses a collection of more then 14,000 works including portraits of Maori and early New Zealand landscapes alongside contemporary New Zealand art. Collection works are on show on the ground floor while New Zealand and international artists are showcased on the second floor.

Auckland Zoo (as seen on TV's The Zoo) offers daily keep encounters, allowing you to come eye to eye with some awesome native and exotic animals. Watch the graceful animals of Africa or discover the native wonders of New Zealand by journeying through New Zealand's unique coastal habitat. The zoo is also home to the Tuatara, which at 225 million years old, is the world's oldest living dinosaur.

Rainbow's End is New Zealand's premier theme park, located just off the Southern Motorway. The theme park has something for the whole family and has a stable of world-class rides and attractions that you wont find anywhere else in the country including the Corkscrew Coaster, Goldrush, Motion Master and Fearfall!

Transport Around City: Most locals & travellers use their cars to get around, a hire car is the most recommended way to see Auckland.

Recommended Restaurants: TriBeCa A La Carte Restaurant (Auckland), Wild Fire (Auckland city), Soul Bar & Bistro (Viaduct Harbour), Portofino (Auckland city), Cin Cin (CBD), Grasshopper Thai Restaurant (CBD), Number 5 Restaurant (CBD)

Recommended Bars: Muddy Farmer (CBD) Empire Tavern (CBD), Pasha (CBD, Lenin (Auckland Central), Bellini's (Auckland City), Deshler's (Auckland Central), Carpark Bar (CBD),

Recommended Hotels: Hilton Hotel, Sky City Grand, Citylife Auckland, Mercure Hotel, Auckland City Hotel, Arena Hotel.

Climate: Warm-Temperate Climate, warm humid summers and mild, damp winters.

Culture: Mostly European origin [predominantly British] also the home of the largest Polynesian population in the world.

Best time of year to travel: All year round.