Auckland "City of Sales"
Black sand beaches, golden bays, ocean views that last forever, rugged bush, rolling farmland, orchards and vineyards, the hustle and bustle of thriving cities, quiet townships, riverside picnic spots, internationally renowned restaurants, people from all over the world, local history, local arts and crafts, latest fashions in trendy boutiques and so much more - the Auckland regions has it all and then some.
No matter what you like, if it is a quiet walk along a beach or a loud hip nightclub this region has something for everyone.
Auckland Facts & Figures
Population: 1,318,700 (2006 Census) people made up of cultures from all around the world.
Climate: Ranges from 10°C in the winter to 30°C in the summer.
Industries include: The Auckland region industries include: engineering, steel, fishing, food processing, brewing, vineyards, sugar refining, boatbuilding, shipping, oyster and mussel farms, sheep and cattle farming, tourism, orchards, market gardens, hospitality, technology and entertainment.
Higher Education: Auckland Institute of Technology , Auckland University , Auckland College of Education, Massey University (Albany Campus), Manukau Institute of Technology, Open Polytechnic , Unitec Institute of Technology.
Auckland is currently made up of several cities and districts, each having its own council, facilities and services.
This will shortly change to a single entity, simply called Auckland City.
For detailed information about Auckland, visit the Tourism Auckland website.
Nestled on the Manukau Harbour, and just a 30 minute drive from south of Auckland is Franklin District. The district is rich in history and natural beauty and has some stunning landscape which is ever changing due to the seasons.
Franklin District with its population of over 58,600 (2006 Census) has a great choice of accommodation for everyone from motels, hotels, holiday parks, lodges, home stays and bed & breakfasts. There are also many restaurants and cafes, businesses, art and craft shops, boutiques and monthly markets.
Suburbs within the Franklin area include: Pukekohe, Tuakau, Waiuku, Bombay, Clarks Beach, Onewhero, Awhitu, Glenbrook, Waiau Pa, Pokeno and Maramarua.
Bustling business centre, blue sparkling water, beautiful beaches, buildings galore, brilliant wining and dining, bicycle tracks along the waterfront, boys and girls playing in the many parks, domains and reserves and busy shopping days - Auckland City has everything covered.
No matter what you like to do, you can do it in Auckland City. There are art galleries, exciting nightclubs and bars, restaurant and cafes galore, beaches to sunbathe on, parks to walk in, harbours to sail on, museums to explore, places to expand your mind, sports grounds to play on and watch local, national and international events plus so much more.
Suburbs within Auckland City include: Epsom, Freeman’s Bay, Grey Lynn, Newmarket, Mt Eden, Parnell, Ponsonby, Pt Chevalier, Remuera and St Lukes.
Manukau City is the third largest city in New Zealand and includes the suburbs and townships of Alfriston, Beachlands, Clevedon, East Tamaki, Flat Bush, Howick, Mangere, Manukau, Manurewa, Maraetai, Otara, Pakuranga, Papatoetoe, Whitford and Wiri.
The population of Manukau City is 330,600 people (2006 Census). The city, approximately 20-30 minutes from the centre of Auckland city, has a large mix of cultures and this offers a huge range of vibrant shopping, wonderful cuisine in the many cafes and restaurants and exciting weekend markets. Manukau City has two large Shopping Centres: Westfield Shopping Centre in Manukau City Centre and Botany Town Centre in Botany Downs/Dannemora.
But Manukau is not a city in the true sense of the word. It is made up of rural townships and there is also 320 kilometres of coastline stretching from the wild and rugged in the west to calm and soothing beaches in the east. To the south there are the magnificent Hunua Ranges with their forests, lakes and waterfalls providing a stunning backdrop to the farmlands of Clevedon.
Each Saturday morning Otara becomes a bustling hive of activity as many of the cultures found in South Auckland mix at the large market that takes place in the Town Centre.
North Shore City
Only 30 minutes from Auckland International Airport, minutes from Auckland CBD by bus, car, or ferry, North Shore City, New Zealand's 4th largest city, is a great place to live or visit.
In recent years, North Shore City has been growing at a fast rate and many of the areas that were once rural land are becoming residential and industrial areas.
North Shore City is made up of many suburbs including; Albany, Beach Haven, Birkenhead, Browns Bay, Castor Bay, Cheltenham, Devonport, Glenfield, Long Bay, Milford, Mairangi Bay, Northcote, Sunnynook and Takapuna.
The City is known for its beautiful bays and beaches, its idyllic swimming and sailing conditions and many hours of sunshine. In fact, it has on average 2100 hours of sunshine annually and an average summer temperature of 23°C.
The coastline stretches 148 kilometres from the historic suburb of Devonport to Albany - this means that most of the 207,600 people who live on the North Shore are within minutes of the sea.
Along with stunning beaches and views to Rangitoto Island there are also many parks and reserves with native bush walks. A walk round North Head in Devonport will expose you to stunning views of the gulf and downtown Auckland as well as the cannons that were installed there to defend the shores.
Papakura City has a population of around 44,600 and is made up of city dwellers and farmers/lifestylers. The area stretches from the southernmost part of Auckland City to the rural areas of Manukau and Franklin. Papakura offers shopping for all - there are speciality shops, shopping centres, art galleries, arts and crafts and market gardens. There are also excellent restaurants and cafes and a variety of accommodation.
Living on a lifestyle block is a very popular way of life in this area but if it's a large mansion that you are looking for then the housing estates of Karaka is the place for you.
Along with industries that come from a rural environment, other industries in Papakura City include; manufacturing, wholesale, retail, hospitality, community, personal and social services. Drury has the largest area of covered flower growing in New Zealand; there are two large quarries and substantial industrial areas.
Takanini – a town, 10 minutes North of Papakura City has one of the largest private and commercial airports – Ardmore Aerodrome. Here you can join a flying syndicate, learn to fly, fly your own private aeroplane/helicopter. Many commercial aeroplane operators are based here. Alternatively – Auckland Gliding Club is located in Drury, 5 minutes drive south of Papakura town centre. Here you can also learn to fly, become a member of the club or simply watch the sailplanes/gliders in action on most weekends.
Waitakere City is now the 5th largest city in New Zealand and the population of over 183,700 (2006 Census) includes Croatians, Dalmatians, Dutch, Asian, Indian, and Polynesians, many whose families go back to the early settlers. This diversity is seen in the cultural events, businesses, restaurants, arts and crafts and lifestyles which the city is known for. The city area is broken into 1/3 urban, 1/3 rural and 1/3 industrial, thus allowing for all kinds of employment, lifestyles and activities.
Suburbs in Waitakere City include - Glen Eden, Glendene, Henderson, Massey, New Lynn, Oratia, Royal Heights, Swanson, Te Atatu and Titirangi.
The city has a large creative sector with many painters, potters, sculptors, writers, musicians plus others making use of the stunning scenery and peaceful hideaways.
The area of Rodney includes: Helensville, Huapai, Kumeu, Leigh, Matakana, Orewa, Puhoi, Riverhead, Silverdale, Warkworth, Wellsford and Whangaparaoa.
Over 1000 kilometres of coastline offers something for everyone. On the west coast there is black sand and raging surf and the sunsets of the west coast beaches are magical. The east coast consists of golden beaches and gentler waves. Fishing, sailing, jet skiing, canoeing and paragliding are popular pastimes.
Kaipara Harbour which is said to have the longest coastline in the world stretches from the Rodney District to the Kauri Coast in Northland and it is New Zealand's largest inland harbour. 100 years ago, this was a bustling harbour with ships coming in through the dangerous sand bars to carry loads of produce, gum and kauri to Auckland.
During the summer months the population of Rodney swells due to those holiday seekers heading to camping grounds and holiday homes. There is accommodation for all budgets, including tents, caravans, cabins and tourist flats. Other accommodation in the district includes quality motels and hotels, lodges, backpackers, farm and home stays and bed and breakfasts.
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