Auckland, the largest city in Polynesia, is located on a narrow isthmus that connects the Northland Peninsula to the North Island. According to the local Maori folklore, this isthmus was the home of giants.
In the early 19th century, the British settlers purchased this strip of land from the Ngati-Whatua tribe and established the first capital of the British colony in New Zealand. Auckland remained the seat of government of the colonial rulers of New Zealand until 1865.
Popular Attractions of Auckland
Auckland – The City of Sails
Auckland is a multicultural city, home to a large number Polynesians, Maoris, Asians and Europeans. Sailing is the favorite pastime of most Aucklanders.
Visitors to the city will be surprised to see a huge number of boats and yachts sailing along the East Coast of the city. It is estimated that a quarter of the households in the city own at least one sea craft.
To get a bird’s eye view of the city and its surrounding area climb on top of the Sky Tower. This 328 meters tall freestanding tower is the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere. The fine dining revolving restaurant on top of the tower is a favorite destination of gourmands of the city.
Waikumete is the largest cemetery in New Zealand. The Coran family mausoleum, the stunning heritage buildings and wildflower sanctuary are some of the famous attracts of the Waikumete Cemetery.
Auckland Domain houses a sculpture walk, Wintergarden cool house and the Auckland Museum. Build on an extinct volcano the Domain is a popular sporting venue in the city.
Lined by ancient trees, the Albert Park is the venue for concerts and festivals.
Parnell Rose Garden
During summer, the Parnell Rose Garden is covered with rose blossoms. This park is also home to Auckland’s oldest manuka tree.
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
This renowned art gallery was built in the late 19th century. It houses the early and contemporary art works of the country.
APE-X Jewellery Sculpture Studio
This jewelry studio displays Maori sculptures and jewelries made of gold, silver, glass, marble and jade.