General Information

Auckland is located in the North Island of New Zealand. Affectionately known as the ‘City of Sails’ Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and fastest growing city. Two beautiful harbours, the Waitemata and the Manukau, provide a scenic canvas for this diverse metropolitan area. Over a million people – one third of New Zealand’s population – live in the Auckland region and is the world’s largest Polynesian city blending harmoniously together with all other ethnic groups.
Auckland is also the ‘gateway’ to New Zealand for tourism. Cruise ships call each year especially during the summer period, with many of the passengers taking the opportunity to take tours of Auckland.

Market at Aotea Square in Auckland City.
Aotea Square.
Take time out enjoy the opportunities of the Saturday Market at Aotea Square in Auckland City.



For the history of Auckland and it Māori people the Story of Auckland is excellent.



Don’t pack your suitcase too tightly when you prepare to travel to Auckland – but expect to have trouble closing it when time comes to return home. Shopping is a well established in New Zealand, and Auckland shopping has the best of it. Shop until you drop in Auckland.



Auckland combines a beautiful location with varied sightseeing options; from sophisticated city attractions, Auckland Museum where you can also catch the performances of the Māori group Manaia, to the golden sands of the Hauraki Gulf which is a haven for holiday makers. Or maybe visiting the tallest tower in the southern hemisphere, Auckland’s Sky Tower for some great entertainment. There are many parks, reserves and gardens to explore in Auckland city, including the dormant volcanic reserves of Mt Eden, One Tree Hill and Rangitoto Island which give breathtaking views. If you like fresh air and exercise, try the Coast to Coast Walkways across the city. Set in beautiful park-like grounds Auckland Zoo and MOTAT, Auckland’s Museum of Transport and Technology, is a must visit with your family.

Rangitoto Island and Waitemata Harbour viewed from Auckland City
Auckland, Rangitoto Island and Waitemata Harbour
City views to Rangitoto Island and the harbour is alive with the activities of boaters and sailors
View of Auckland City to One Tree Hill, New Zealand
Auckland City Centre.
View of Auckland City Centre to One Tree Hill


Maori Mythology of Auckland

The formation of Auckland’s volcanoes according to Māori Mythology is attributed to a great battle.


Maori Translation of Auckland

In the Māori language, Auckland is known as ‘Tamaki Makau Rau’

View of Auckland Domain and the Auckland Museum, New Zealand
Auckland Domain and Auckland Museum.
Taking in the view from the Sky Tower.



Auckland lies across an 11km volcanic isthmus of 48 volcanoes, and is positioned between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea. Auckland’s northerly position and proximity to large bodies of water gives the city a warm but relatively wet climate.

One Tree Hill, Auckland, New Zealand
One Tree Hill Cornwall Park.
Māori name of One Tree Hill is: Maungakiekie “Hill of the kiekie vine”