Fast Facts

• About one third of New Zealand’s population lives in Auckland – approximately 1.5 million people in the greater Auckland area.

• The city’s sparkling waters, varied landscapes and cosmopolitan city life combine to make it one of the most desirable places in the world to live or visit. Auckland is rated third on the Mercer scale of global lifestyle cities.

• Auckland is the world’s largest Polynesian city, with a rich mix of Maori, Pacific Island, Asian and other cultures – a true melting pot. 

• Auckland is set on three beautiful harbours – Waitemata, Manukau and Kaipara – and is home to more than 50 islands.

• Auckland is the best-connected city in New Zealand, easily accessible to visitors from overseas and around the country, and is the ideal gateway for those travelling further within New Zealand.

• New Zealand's indigenous people, the Maori, called this land "Tamaki Makau Rau", a maiden with 100 lovers. It was a place desired by many and fought over for its riches, including its forested hills, productive volcanic soils and harbours full of seafood.

• Auckland’s landscape is dotted with 48 volcanic cones. The largest and most iconic is Rangitoto Island, Auckland’s youngest volcano, which emerged from the water over 600 years ago. The volcano is home to the world’s largest pohutukawa forest.