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Auckland is the largest metropolitan area in New Zealand, with a population of over one million. It is situated in the northern half of the North Island, on a narrow isthmus of land that joins the Northland peninsula to the rest of the North Island. Often referred to as the 'City of Sails' the city is the main gateway to New Zealand. Built on the remnants of 48 extinct volcanoes, it is home to more than one million people and is the the main commercial and financial centre of the country.
With a larger boat-to-person ratio than anywhere else on earth, it is a paradise for sailing enthusiasts and every weekend the waters of the Hauraki Gulf come alive with a flotilla of colourful sails. The best way to experience the city is from the water, sailing around the attractive harbour or on a ferry cruise to one of the many stunning islands dotted about the Gulf.
The suburbs wind their way around picturesque bays and harbours and between volcanic hills that provide panoramic views over the city and mountains, encompassing numerous green urban parklands that are dotted with sheep.