Introduction to Auckland

The Maoris call it Tamaki Makaurau meaning 'isthmus of one thousand lovers'. For a lucky million or so residents, it's called home. All fresh air and sprawling harbour, it's no wonder Auckland on New Zealand's North Island constantly ranks highly on the world's most liveable city lists.

The so-called ‘City of Sails,' is home to a stunning landscape and an equally enviable lifestyle. Built on a field of around 48 volcanos by Maori iwi (tribes), Auckland still encompasses a certain fire and energy, albeit a cooler one that continues to tempt expats from far and wide to stay just that little bit longer and make this New Zealand's largest city their home.

While its claim to fame in the past has been as New Zealand's biggest city, there's more to Auckland than its mere size, which incluides the islands of the Hauraki Gulf including Great Barrier Island (Aotea), New Zealand's biggest inshore island. The once sleepy and suburban city has grown to become an urban metropolis from Orewa to Papakura in the south and from Henderson east to Howick. One where local designers thrive with boutiques on High Street and restaurants have learned to harness  the unique attributes of surrounding farms to showcase the very best in local produce. The cuisines are varied too, representing the city's multicultural population, not to mention its large Polynesian population, the biggest of any other city in the world.

As a result, there are many sides and flavours to Auckland. You can try a few on a long weekend, but to taste them all you're going to need to spend a little while longer. It's no wonder so many people stay and play in Auckland.

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