Auckland is New Zealand's largest city in population terms and area-wise one of the biggest in the world. It is a city where it seems every second person owns a yacht - the City of Sails. In Maori it is known as Tamaki-Makau-Rau - ‘the maiden with a hundred lovers', a name ascribed because it was coveted by many tribes. It is also a geological wonder, sitting on top of a large volcanic field that has produced 48 volcanic cones and two ancient verdant green rain forest covered mountain ranges. Auckland is a bit of a shock after the laid back friendliness of other New Zealand cities. It is busy and brash but Auckland's blend of harbour, islands, Polynesian culture and modern city environment has created a lifestyle ranked amongst the best in the world. Auckland has suburbs sprawling over more than 500sq km and is seemingly surrounded by water. The harbour bridge links downtown with northern suburbs built over rolling green hills.
The Cruise Terminal is located at Princes Wharf within easy walking distance of the city centre shops and harbour front. Turn left and you find the neo-classical 1912 Ferry Building, hub of ferry services to suburbs and islands of the Hauraki Gulf. Queen Street, the main shopping street starts here going inland. Turn right and you will find lively Viaduct Harbour, developed for the Americas Cup and home to some exclusive boats and 10m Yachts doing cruises and the National Maritime Museum. It is bordered by many bars and restaurants but watch out for misleading menu pricing here.
In the downtown area you will find the Auckland Art Gallery which is bordered by the formal Victorian-style gardens of Albert Park. Visible from the harbour is the Auckland Museum, an imposing Greco-Roman style building that dominates the Domain, the city's first park. Parnell Village is also well worth a visit, a delightful redevelopment of one older area of the city. There are plenty of sports facilities and more than 30 golf courses and many beaches within easy reach.
From the Ferry Terminal you can take a harbour cruise or visit historic Devonport with its Victorian villas and sandy beaches, the unique volcanic Rangitoto Island and Waiheke Island with its beaches and vineyards. Further afield you can visit the Coromandel Peninsula, Rotorua, Volcanoes and Beaches.
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