Exploring New Zealand #1: Auckland in 24 Hours

Auckland was just a warm up before we go to some more interesting places like Wellington, Christchurch, Fox Glacier e Queenstown, but we did enjoy the largest city in New Zealand.

Auckland has roughly 1.2 million inhabitants and is called the City of Sails. The Maoris first settled in Auckland around 1350. Some of the main attractions are the Auckland Museum, the Art Gallery (been renovated) and Auckland Tower.

We stayed at the very nice Copthorne Hotel in Anzac Avenue.

Next stop: Wellington, the capital of New Zealand.

The Auckland metropolitan area, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country with a population approaching 1.4 million residents, 31 percent of the country’s population. Demographic trends indicate that it will continue to grow faster than the rest of the country. Increasingly cosmopolitan, Auckland also has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world, and has seen many people of Asian ethnicity move there in the last two decades. In Māori Auckland’s name is Tāmaki-makau-rau, or the transliterated version of Auckland, Ākarana.

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