North Island Large Cities
The sprawling, cosmopolitan City of Auckland reaches from Papakura and Papatoetoe in the south to almost Helensville in the North. It has a population of just over a million people. The last five decades have seen hundreds of thousands of polynesian islanders migrating to New Zealand, making Auckland now the largest polynesian city in the world. Auckland is famous for yachting – The America's Cup was raced there in the 1990s – out amongst the beautiful islands of the Hauraki Gulf. Number one in the world at rugby union, the famous All Blacks are based at Eden Park. Sports play a large part in the typical New Zealander's outdoor lifestyle. Auckland is the major commercial, trading and manufacturing centre for New Zealand. It is a fascinating mixture of old and new. Symbolic of progress in Auckland are the famous Harbour Bridge to the northern suburbs and the tower that stands tall over the CBD and the yacht harbour. Auckland International Airport is at Mangere in the south. Make sure you book your accommodation well in advance. There might be rugby on. There could be an international conference in full swing. You'll love this colourful, New Zealand city!
"With more than 3000 cafes from Cape Reinga to Bluff, it's clear that New Zealand is a cafe-loving nation, and entries are now being accepted to determine which will be crowned the country's best. Cafes can register online for the competition and cafe …Voxy"
Auckland is at the skinny part – the narrow isthmus of land you can see up in the red portion of the map. Auckland has a warm, humid climate verging on sub-tropical. Many types of fruits can be grown there. Winter will see a few frosts. The area is known for growing potatoes at Pukekohe in the south, water melon, oranges at Kerikeri in the north and of course, kiwi fruit, sweet potatoes, corn, and all types of home vegetables.
Sky Tower, Auckland City, is a great symbol of progress, wealth and modern communications. It has an abseiling function for the fearless souls.
Words fail me in describing the beauty of the islands just off Auckland Harbour. Here's a flight over the harbour and also flights over One Tree Hill and over Lake Taupo…
Multihulls sailing on Auckland Harbour
The Auckland Harbour Bridge celebrated its 50th Birthday in 2009. Built in 1959, it was a large engineering achievement for New Zealand, matching the hydro-electric power projects on the North Island's Waikato River. I knew the man responsible for the rust proofing contract. He was Jack Davey, of Davey Metal Protection Ltd., a close friend of my father's.
Thanks for visiting this web page about the awesome City of Auckland at the top of New Zealand's North Island. I lived in this city for about ten years. It has fabulous shopping, cafes and night life. The lifestyle opportunities here are wide open and unlimited because it's always just a short drive into the green countryside or to a great beach for diving, swimming and fishing. Drive north towards Kerikeri, The Bay Of Islands, for deep sea fishing for marlin, or further to Ninety Mile Beach and the lighthouse at the northern tip of New Zealand. You'll love the snapper, shell fish and natural produce like honey and fruit you can buy at roadside shops along the way. Oh… yes, here's a closing rugby item:
The Maori haka is a tribal war dance to intimidate the enemy!
The All Blacks were the Rugby World Cup champions in 2011. After seeing their 2012 massacre of Ireland, I'd suggest to you they're definitely still the best rugby team in the world. The training by Graham Henry still is remembered, eh bro? Come on.. All Blacks.
Written by staff writer, GPD