Auckland Travel Guide
Auckland is by far the most multi cultural centre in New Zealand. In recent years Polynesians have left their island homes to call Auckland home and it now houses the largest concentration of Polynesians in the world. With a population of just under a million people, Auckland is the country's biggest city. It may not be the capital but it certainly is the centre of all trade, commerce, fashion and trends. Auckland is fast becoming one of the leading cities in the South Pacific in terms of cleanliness, friendliness and overall excellence of it's tourism infrastructure. With a relatively small population compared to a large urban sprawl, Auckland has all the appeal of any cosmopolitan centre without the crowds and congestion.
Like it's cultural make-up, Auckland's shopping, attractions, dining and entertainment are eclectic and widespread. Shopping can be anything from superb second hand book hunting to lively market shopping. Some of the city's best markets include Victoria Park Market alive with entertainment, food stalls and handicrafts, open daily, China Oriental Market, great for international food items and the Dockside Markets, open at daybreak on weekends for the best selection of art and crafts plus the freshest of produce.
If shopping's not your thing, check out the top-notch recreational opportunities in and around Auckland, with it's superb waterside location and dare devil reputation it is the ideal place to try skydiving, bungee jumping or white water rafting . For a more tame expedition, take one of the harbour tours available and see why it's nickname is the 'city of sails'. Auckland's harbours house more boats per capita than anywhere else in the world. If that's still too strenuous for your style, crash out on one of the city's beautiful beaches. You will soon learn why Auckland is the water lovers' paradise.
Once the sun sets, Auckland's nightlife kicks into full swing and runs well into the early hours. Anything, from jazz and blues to latino and salsa bars, Irish pubs to poetry taverns is on offer. Or, if you just want to unwind and fill up on some of the city's culinary delights there is an endless supply of restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets. Whether you are looking for cheap eats, ethnic treats or a sophisticated dining experience, you are in the right place.
With glistening waters that seem to beckon from every point, a fresh attitude, vibrant nightlife, countless attractions and some of the friendliest folk around, not to mention one of the most affordable cities on the planet, why wouldn't you want to visit Auckland?
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