Auckland overview

Auckland (/ˈɔːklənd/ AWK-lənd) is a city in New Zealand's North Island. Auckland is the largest urban area in the country, with an urban population of around 1,534,700.[4] It is located in the Auckland Region—the area governed by Auckland Council—which includes outlying rural areas and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, resulting in a total population of 1,657,200.[4] A diverse and multicultural city, Auckland is home to the largest Polynesian population in the world.[5] The Māori-language name for Auckland is Tāmaki (pronounced [ˈtaːmaki]) or Tāmaki-makau-rau, meaning "Tāmaki with a hundred lovers", in reference to the desirability of its fertile land at the hub of waterways in all directions.[6] It has also been called Ākarana, a transliteration of the English name.

The Auckland urban area (as defined by Statistics New Zealand) ranges to Waiwera in the north, Kumeu in the northwest, and Runciman in the south. Auckland lies between the Hauraki Gulf of the Pacific Ocean to the east, the low Hunua Ranges to the south-east, the Manukau Harbour to the south-west, and the Waitakere Ranges and smaller ranges to the west and north-west. The surrounding hills are covered in rainforest and the landscape is dotted with dozens of dormant volcanic cones. The central part of the urban area occupies a narrow isthmus between the Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and the Waitematā Harbour on the Pacific Ocean. Auckland is one of the few cities in the world to have a harbour on each of two separate major bodies of water.

The isthmus on which Auckland resides was first settled around 1350 and was valued for its rich and fertile land. The Māori population in the area is estimated to have peaked at 20,000 before the arrival of Europeans.[7] After a British colony was established in 1840, William Hobson, then Lieutenant-Governor of New Zealand, chose the area as his new capital. He named the area for George Eden, Earl of Auckland, British First Lord of the Admiralty. It was replaced as the capital in 1865 by Wellington, but immigration to the new city stayed strong, and it has remained the country's most populous urban area. Today, Auckland's central business district is the major financial centre of New Zealand.

Auckland is classified as a Beta + World City[8] because of its importance in commerce, the arts, and education. The University of Auckland, established in 1883, is the largest university in New Zealand. Landmarks such as the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, the Harbour Bridge, the Sky Tower, and many museums, parks, restaurants, and theatres are among the city's significant tourist attractions. Auckland Airport handles around one million international passengers a month. Despite being one of the most expensive cities in the world,[9] Auckland is ranked third on the 2016 Mercer Quality of Living Survey,[10] making it one of the most liveable cities.

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Exchange NZD No1 Currency Buy No1 Currency Sell
Australian Dollar 1.017 1.068
US Dollar 1.411 1.477
Bahraini Dinar 3.510 4.107
Brazilian Real 0.323 0.415
Bruneian Dollar 0.945 1.126
Canadian Dollar 1.043 1.114
Chilean Peso 0.002 0.002
Chinese Yuan Renminbi 0.203 0.219
Croatian Kuna 0.199 0.248
Czech Koruna 0.057 0.069
Danish Krone 0.201 0.231
Egyptian Pound 0.068 0.094
Euro 1.591 1.689
Fijian Dollar 0.654 0.723
CFP Franc 0.013 0.015
British Pound 1.750 1.877
Hong Kong Dollar 0.177 0.193
Hungarian Forint 0.005 0.006
Icelandic Krona 0.011 0.013
Indonesian Rupiah 0.000
Israeli Shekel 0.351 0.429
Japanese Yen 0.012 0.013
Jordanian Dinar 1.853 2.262
Kuwaiti Dinar 4.346 5.252
Malaysian Ringgit 0.322 0.366
Mauritian Rupee 0.036 0.048
Mexican Peso 0.066 0.078
Norwegian Krone 0.160 0.178
Omani Rial 3.370 4.148
Papua New Guinean Kina 0.369 0.481
Philippine Peso 0.026 0.030
Polish Zloty 0.348 0.418
Qatari Riyal 0.361 0.439
Samoan Tala 0.508 0.621
Saudi Arabian Riyal 0.359 0.417
Singapore Dollar 1.013 1.095
Solomon Islander Dollar 0.170 0.208
South African Rand 0.096 0.107
South Korean Won 0.001 0.001
Sri Lankan Rupee 0.007 0.009
Swedish Krona 0.152 0.168
Swiss Franc 1.391 1.517
Taiwan New Dollar 0.043 0.051
Thai Baht 0.042 0.046
Tongan Pa'anga 0.603 0.706
Turkish Lira 0.247 0.295
Emirati Dirham 0.377 0.417
Ni-Vanuatu Vatu 0.012 0.014
Vietnamese Dong 0.000
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Over 40 schools in West Auckland go fizz free | Scoop News

Over the past year, more than 40 kura in West Auckland have pledged ‘water is the first choice’ on school grounds. This initiative has resulted in Healthy Families Waitakere supporting the installation of more than 60 modern water fountains throughout ...

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Bryan Brothers to Reunite In Auckland

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Cirque du Soleil return to Auckland | Scoop News


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Historic cloak creation proving popular in Pukekohe, south of Auckland

Korowai creation is being embraced by Pukekohe residents of all ages.

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Auckland meeting on tenancy law change, standards | Scoop News

A panel discussion on proposed changes to tenancy law and extra standards for rental property will take place in Auckland on Sunday, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today.

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Top Ten Busiest Days at Auckland Airport | Scoop News

The summer is traditionally the busiest time of the year for Auckland Airport but this year a raft of upgrades to both the departures terminal and the roading system should make life easier for travellers.

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Māori, Pasifika students get access to top Auckland schools with homes in zones - 'I saw the difference between the haves and the have nots'

Chicago-born Terrence Wallace has set up the homes for students from outside the best school zones.

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1 NEWS' Dan Corbett gives graphic explanation of lightning after ferocious Auckland storm

Lightning begins as static charges in the rain clouds, our weather expert explains.

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Home building in Auckland lifts construction activity | Scoop News

Home building in Auckland drove an increase in the overall volume of building activity in New Zealand in the September 2018 quarter, Stats NZ said today.

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Auckland restaurant named in the top 10 in the world, according to TripAdvisor

Grove came ninth and was the only Australasian restaurant on the list.

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