Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand. About 1.4 million people live in the Auckland region. For a short time in New Zealand's history it was the capital city, but now Wellington is the capital.
Auckland is situated on two harbours: the Manukau and Waitemata harbours. It is known as the "City of Sails" because there are so many sailing boats in the city. The nearby Hauraki Gulf has many different islands and provides safe anchorage and interesting sailing.
Auckland is built on a series of dormant volcanos. The youngest and largest of these is called Rangitoto, an island just a few kilometres from the city centre. It has many pohutukawas, native trees also known as the New Zealand Christmas tree because of their brilliant red flowers which bloom in December.
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- "Population and statistics". Auckland Regional Council. http://www.arc.govt.nz/auckland/population-and-statistics/population-and-statistics_home.cfm. Retrieved 2010-01-23.