Auckland City from Mount Eden - By Light Knight
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Auckland is situated on and around a narrow isthmus flanked by two magnificent harbours - the Waitemata to the east and the Manukau to the west. Auckland is half-urban, half-marine - a cosmopolitan experience wrapped up in a fascinating water world that’s dotted with more than 50 islands.

America’s Cup activity from 1995 to 2000 has added an infusion of exciting new restaurants and bars. You’ll feast on culinary masterpieces that draw from the cuisine of Europe, the Mediterranean, Polynesia, Japan and Thailand. In the stylish precincts of Parnell, Ponsonby and Viaduct Basin, scores of restaurants compete for your attention.

A reputation for great art and fashion makes Auckland a shoppers' paradise. Within the city zone you’ll find originality and flair everywhere you look. Local theatre and live music gigs abound, easy entry points to the creative side of New Zealand culture.

Auckland’s amazing geography and warm, humid climate has inspired a lifestyle that’s regularly ranked in the world’s top ten. In just half an hour you can be far away in the wilderness or the countryside - sailing to an island, trekking through the rainforest, picnicking on a volcano, sampling wines at a vineyard or wandering a wild, black-sand surf beach. Auckland’s layout makes it easy to jump quickly from one spot to another.