Auckland, “City of Sailboats”

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Auckland is the largest and most active city in New Zealand. This is its home port and eventually became the state capital. It is situated between the ports of Manukau and Waitemata in northern North Island. The city was founded in 1840 by English colonists in a Maori and Polynesian population is the largest of all there are: 57,000 people

The population figure of speak if the total is not negligible, and about 800,000 people live in this great city in New Zealand, to which its area of influence by joining join another half million more. This population is engaged in many activities at the port. Currently, the port exported dairy products, wool, leather and wood and imports fertilizer, oil and industrial machinery. And its industry includes textiles, chemicals, food processing, vehicle assembly and metal work.

This city is in the North Island, and is also known as the city of sails, the number of ships you can see in your port. It is said that the figure is eleven people per boat in Auckland. No wonder then that one of the great passions of New Zealanders in general and in particular residents of Auckland is the world of sailing, which guarantees even competing to achieve success in major world competitions like the Copa America , which won the last two editions.

Auckland is how many dormant volcanoes for many years. Of them, Mount Eden, where you can admire its crater and privileged views over the city. Their infrastructure is the bridge of the port of Auckland, Auckland Harbor Bridge named. It is the longest in the country, linking downtown to the suburbs in the expansion phase. Likewise, the country’s main airport is located in the hinterland of the city.

The City Art Gallery, an art gallery featuring works of European and New Zealand, is the highlight of the ocean area in the field of art museums. The Museum of Transport and Technology or the Maritime Aquarium and Underwater World Kelly Tarlton are other points of interest as to where to find museums and exhibitions. The latter houses an exhibition of very different expeditions to Atlantis. Another highlight is the War Memorial museum, which houses one of the best collections of Polynesian artifacts in the world, especially Maori, who sold the place the British in exchange for clothes, food, snuff and about 30 pounds. In this museum we can understand a little better the culture and traditions that still retain some of the inhabitants of New Zealand.

And shopping there is nothing better than to go to Queen Street, Main Street of the city and surrounding area. There, in the north, find the most diverse as clothing wool handmade, sculpture and Maori néphrite accessories and jewelry and coats from Paua shells opossum.

In the same area you can find antiques, unique books, jewelry and pottery hand, crafts and paintings at prices far more economically than we would have to spend in other areas of the city. The shopping center Parnell or Victoria Market are other good options to go to buy.

Another alternative is to seize the day make a cruise on the bay of Auckland. Most of them leave a building called The Ferry Building, which dates from 1912.

Mount Eden And if we can see from a natural view of the entire city, not behind the architectural Sky Tower, from which he can see all of it while walking through glass floors.

Finally, for specific needs of every visitor, there’s nothing like going to the ‘Visitor Bureau’, where you of all the places to visit and activities to be carried out according to your preferences. These information centers are located throughout the city and in surrounding towns, so there is no difficulty in finding them.

We can say that Auckland does not differ too much from any major European city bridging the gap in terms of tradition and cultures are concerned. However, it is a good place to be visited to discover the continent ocean.

Similarly, yachters find their own paradise here, not in vain called the city of sails.

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