Auckland New Zealand
It’s hard to imagine a more geographically blessed city than Auckland. Its two magnificent harbours frame a narrow isthmus punctuated by volcanic cones and surrounded by fertile farmland. 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 throughout the Auckland region: a decent coffee or chardonnay is easy to find. As well as being the largest, it’s the most multicultural of NZ’s cities, with a sizable Asian community and the biggest Polynesian population of any city in the world.
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Our top picks for Auckland
National Maritime Museum: Guaranteed to shiver the timbers of any old salts or armchair sailors
O'Connell St Bistro: Satisfy every corner of your palette at this award-winning bistro
Sky Walk: Extreme views - thrillseekers only need apply, vertigo sufferers stop reading now!
Native Agent: Locally-made beautiful things of all descriptions, from toy soldiers to quilt covers
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