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Fast Facts

  • Auckland's Maori name is Tamaki Makaurau, which roughly translates as 'Tamaki of the many lovers'

  • In March, head to Western Springs Park for the Pasifika Festival, a huge celebration of Polynesian culture

  • Auckland's population (around 1.3 million) is over three times larger than any other NZ city

  • Notable Auckland natives include Lucy Lawless, Rachel Hunter and many rugby players

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