CWC 2015: Auckland fact file

Key facts about New Zealand's largest city, Auckland.

  • With an estimated population of approximately 1.5 million, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most populated city
  • A multi-cultural city, Auckland is home for the largest population of Polynesians in any city of the world Auckland is also known as Tāmaki Makaurau in Māori, the native language of New Zealand
  • In 2014 Auckland was named in a top ten list of the world’s most liveable cities for the fifth year in a row Perched on a narrow isthmus between the Waitemata and the Manukau harbours, life in Auckland revolves around the sea
  • Auckland is also known as the ‘City of Sails’ - one in three Auckland households owns a boat making it the highest per capita of anywhere in the world 
  • Constructed and opened in 1959, the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge is a main gateway between South Auckland, the city and its outer northern suburbs
  • AJ Hackett Bungy, named after, and owned by the New Zealand adventure tourism pioneer, operates a bungy jump from the Harbour Bridge. David Beckham, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry are just some of the names to have taken the leap of faith
  • At 328 metres (1,076 ft) the Auckland Sky Tower is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand – it weighs 21 million kilos (20,000 tonnes), equivalent to 6000 elephants
  • There are 1,267 steps from the base of the Sky Tower to Sky Deck and those keen for adventure can take a 192-metre Sky Jump from the tower or walk around the rim on the 1.2 metre wide Sky Walk
  • The Sky Walk was completed by Sachin Tendulkar and his Indian teammates in 2012
  • Auckland reputedly has 50 extinct volcanoes – Maungawhau (Mt Eden) is the tallest at 196 metres
  • Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill) is the largest and most complex volcanic cone fortress in the Southern Hemisphere with hundreds of terraces, food store pits, defensive ditches and banks that once supported a population of 5000 
  • The most prominent volcano is Rangitoto Island – a symmetrical volcano in the Hauraki Gulf and one of Auckland’s best known landmarks. The island is also home to the world’s largest pohutukawa forest 
  • Auckland has more than 80 vineyards producing chardonnay, syrah, merlot and cabernet sauvignon wines
  • Up to 22 species of dolphins and whales have been seen in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf.

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