It is also the largest Polynesian city in the world and the most multicultural, with more than 180 different ethnic groups. It all adds up to a big, bustling, cosmopolitan and vibrant place.
Auckland is considered one of the most liveable cities in the world, ranking third in the Quality of Living 2020 survey, carried out annually by global HR consultancy Mercer.
The region is a food lover's paradise, filled with trendy cafes, ethnic restaurants and award-winning restaurants. Being located between two harbours, fresh seafood is an Auckland speciality, and the region also boasts a variety of vineyards and olive groves.
Aucklanders can choose between a sophisticated urban lifestyle, living in the suburbs or moving a short distance into the countryside to live in a lifestyle block surrounded by farmland and native bushland.
More than 1.4 million people live in Auckland – about a third of New Zealand's population. It is the region chosen by more than half of the new migrants. They are attracted by Auckland's work opportunities, good climate, stunning natural environment with beautiful harbours, beaches and parks and its vibrant cosmopolitan centre.
economy and industry
Auckland is the country's economic powerhouse, responsible for 35% of New Zealand's economic output as measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 33% of New Zealand's paid employment. The industries that employ the most people in the Auckland region are commercial services (such as legal and accounting services, marketing and management), food and beverage, healthcare, hospitality, telecommunications services, construction, machinery and motor vehicle sales. Auckland is also New Zealand's most highly educated city, with 37% of the adult population holding a bachelor's degree or above.
Auckland is hot, humid and changeable without extremes in temperature. Summer temperatures: 14-24°C. Winter temperatures 7-15°C. Average annual sunshine, 2,060 hours.
Auckland city has two beautiful harbours. The largest, to the east, is an island-protected boating paradise, hence the title Auckland City of Sails. It has the largest number of pleasure boats per capita on the planet. The city has an area of 5,000 square kilometers, and from anywhere within that area, you can see the Sky Tower, the tallest freestanding structure in the southern hemisphere. Auckland is also known for its more than 15 extinct volcanic cones.