Auckland is situated on a narrow isthmus, bounded by two harbours – the Waitemata and the Manukau – at the southern end of the Auckland Peninsula.
Auckland is the main gateway to New Zealand and the centre of commerce and industry. With a population of about 1.3 million, it is New Zealand’s largest urban area. Auckland offers something for everyone – great beaches, a beautiful harbour, fantastic shopping and the nightlife and culture of a metropolitan city. For shopping head to Parnell, New market or the City Centre. Try the great restaurants and bars in the regenerated Viaduct area or Ponsonby, or for more alternative hangouts venture to K’Road where some of the coolest bars and clubs in New Zealand exist next to massage parlours and bottle shops.

Right on Auckland’s doorstep is the magnificent Hauraki Gulf stretching in a great 250km sweep of coastline north and south of the city. Known as the City of Sails, Auckland was the home of the America’s Cup, yachting’s greatest trophy.