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Auckland is New Zealand's biggest city with around 1.4 million people and is a mixing bowl of many European, Asian and Polynesian people.

Auckland is a great city and one of the two main international landing points in New Zealand (Christchurch being the other). A good way to describe Auckland would be a smaller Sydney. Auckland is based around its many extinct volcanos, bays and harbours. Auckland has many great sights that must be taken in, try jumping of the Skytower or walking the harbour bridge. Take a trip to Waiheke Island for some great wines. Go and see the South Auckland markets for a great taste of the multi-cultural feel of Auckland.

One of the only downsides of Auckland is traffic; avoid travelling during rush hours (7-9am and 5-7pm) at the beginning or end of the day. Public transport is also not to the high levels of many large cities around the world. Your only real public transport options are the buses in Auckland.

For great cafes and bars try The Viaduct in the city, Ponsonby or Devonport and for your late night entertainment 'K' road is an interesting experience.

The Viaduct is the harbour where all the America's Cup yachts were based and the area has some great restaurants and bars.

The weather in Auckland is mostly warm, but can be unsettled with tropical style rain showers passing through the city. You need to take a roll up shower jacket or small umbrella if you go on any walks around the city.

Auckland can be a start point for your trip to Northland the far north of New Zealand and the beautiful Bay of Islands, if you are this way this is another great area of New Zealand.

Auckland is a great spot to spend a couple of days before you set sail around New Zealand for the rest of your adventure.

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