Auckland is nestled in the Northeast of the North Island, and is surrounded by water and other Islands. This is volcanic land, and it’s a green hilly city of lots of parks and trees.
After a visit to the Auckland Museum you will have a general understanding of this fairly new land. The museum is in the Auckland ‘Domain” which is a large city park.
Auckland also has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world, and has seen many people of Asian ethnicity move there in the last two decades. In Māori Auckland's name is Tāmaki-makau-rau, or the transliterated version of Auckland, Ākarana.
We stayed with our friend Annabel Carr in a fancy part of town called Westmere. Her house overlooks a beautiful reserve called Cox Bay, and this is our sunset view.