Some info about Auckland itself.
The largest urban area is Greater Auckland (Auckland metropolitan area) situated in the Norther Island. Auckland also has the largest polynesian population of any city in the world.
It is made up of : - Auckland City (the Hauraki Gulf islands are not included) - North Shore City
- The urban parts of Waitakare (Waitakere ranges are beautiful and you will find more info about that further on this website) - Manukau cities - Papakura District - Some urban parts of Rodney and Franklin Districts
The name in Maori is Tamaki Makau Rau. Auckland is also named Akarana.
Auckland is situated between the Hauraki Gulf / Pacific Ocean to the east, to the south East we have the Hunua Ranges (Hunua Falls, Xena's episode Altered States), to the south- west we have Manukau Harbour and Waitakere Ranges and smaller ones to the west and north west.
It is one of the few cities in the world to have harbours on two separate major bodies