Destination guide: Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland is one of the most important ports in New Zealand (Oceania) and one of the cities with the greatest amount of business and tourist activity in the country. It is found in the middle of an isthmus of volcanic origin and has a stable climate with an average annual temperature of 23°C, making it ideal to visit at any time of year.
Among Auckland’s main tourist attractions are the Sky Tower or “Skywalk”, a financial complex you can bungee jump from, Butterfly Creek, the Howick Villa that recreates the Maori way of life, Kawau Island, Otara Market where you can witness Auckland’s ethnic and cultural mix and the Botanical and Eden Gardens, as well as many other places of interest.
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Paris may be the city of love, but Auckland is the city of many lovers, according to its Maori name, Tamaki Makaurau. In fact, her lovers so desired this beautiful place that they fought over her for centuries.
It’s hard to imagine a more geographically blessed city. Its two magnificent harbours frame a narrow isthmus punctuated by volcanic cones and surrounded by fertile farmland. From any of its numerous vantage points you’ll be astounded at how close the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean come to kissing and forming a new island.
As a result, water’s never far away – whether it’s the ruggedly beautiful west-coast surf beaches or the glistening Hauraki Gulf with its myriad islands. The 135,000 pleasure crafts filling Auckland’s marinas have lent the city its most durable nickname: the ‘City of Sails’.
Within an hour’s drive from the high-rise heart of the city are dense tracts of rainforest, thermal springs, deserted beaches, wineries and wildlife reserves. Yet big-city comforts have spread to all corners of the Auckland Region: a decent coffee or chardonnay is usually close at hand.
Yet the rest of the country loves to hate it, tut-tutting about its traffic snarls and the supposed self-obsession of the quarter of the country’s population that call it home. With its many riches, Auckland can justifiably respond to its detractors, ‘Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful’.
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