Auckland is New Zealand's most populous city. It is located on the North Island of the country. The city is diverse and muticultural, Aucklanders are easy-going. The Maori language name for Auckland is Tāmaki.
First opened in 1929, the Civic is a large heritage theatre. It is a famous example of the atmospheric theatre style, in which lights and design were used to convey an impression of being seated in an outdoor auditorium at night, creating the illusion of an open sky complete with twinkling stars. The Civic is internationally significant as the largest surviving atmospheric cinema in Australasia and as the first purpose-built cinema of this type in New Zealand. The area is served by many bus lines at Wellesley St West outside The Civic Station.
The Auckland Town Hall is a historic building known both for its original and ongoing use for administrative functions, as well as for its famed Great Hall and its separate Concert Chamber. Opened in 1911, the building is one of the most prominent heritage structures on Queen Street. The Town Hall organ is the largest musical instrument in the country.
The Auckland Domain is Auckland's oldest and largest public park. The park contains all of the explosion crater and most of the surrounding tuff ring of the Pukekawa volcano. The site dates back to the early 19th century with the Māori people. The Europeans bought the land later and the Domain was the site of the Auckland Exhibition in 1913. Today the park continues to host many of New Zealand's largest outdoor events.
Originally established in 1852, the Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira (aka Auckland Museum) is one of New Zealand's most important museums and war memorials. Its collections concentrate on New Zealand history, natural history, as well as military history. The museum is also one of the most iconic Auckland buildings, constructed in the neo-classicist style. The building is considered one of the finest Greco-Roman buildings in the Southern Hemisphere.
Devonport is a harbourside suburb on the North Shore. The area is best known for its harbourside dining and drinking establishments and its heritage charm. The Devonport shops contain antiques, gift and book shops as well a number of cafes and restaurants, making it a popular destination for tourists and locals. Visitors often travel over from Auckland on the ferry for dinner, getting a sight of the starry sky and glittering lights of Auckland.
Parnell is one of New Zealand's most affluent suburbs, and is often billed as Auckland's "oldest suburb" since it dates from the earliest days of the European settlement of Auckland in 1841. It is characterised by its mix of tree lined streets with large estates; redeveloped industrial zones with Edwardian town houses and 1920s bay villas; and its hilly topography that allows for ever present views of the port, the Waitemata Harbour, Rangitoto Island and the Auckland Domain. The area is served by many bus lines at Parnell Rise near Parnell Rd Station.
Established in 1888, the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is the principal public gallery of Auckland and has the most extensive collection of national and international art in New Zealand. It frequently hosts travelling international exhibitions. In addtion to European artworks from Middle Ages to present day, many New Zealand and Pacific artists are also represented.
The Sky Tower is a 328 meter observation and telecommunications tower that has three observation decks at different heights, each providing 360-degree views of the city. It has become an iconic landmark in Auckland's skyline due to its height and unique design. The Sky Tower is lit at various times to show support for a range of organisations and charities.
Mount Eden is a suburb of the city and its central focus is Maungawhau / Mount Eden, a dormant volcano whose summit is the highest natural point on the Auckland isthmus. The landscape is reminiscent of Ireland or the Scottish lowlands because of early European settlers. These scoria walls are still a feature of the suburb today. To many New Zealanders the name Mount Eden is linked with Mount Eden Prison, which was built in a castle style between 1882 and 1917. The summit provides a panoramic view of the city.
Rangitoto Island is a volcanic island in the Hauraki Gulf. The 5.5 km wide island is an iconic and widely visible landmark of Auckland with its distinctive symmetrical shield volcano cone rising 260 metres high over the gulf. It provides stunning views of the harbour and city. Rangitoto is the most recent and the largest of the approximately 50 volcanoes of the Auckland volcanic field. The island is considered especially significant because all stages from raw lava fields to scrub establishment and sparse forests are visible. Regular ferry services are provided by Fullers from downtown Auckland.
Maungauika is a volcano forming a headland called North Head at the east end of the Waitemata Harbour. Known for its sweeping views over the harbour and the Hauraki Gulf, since 1885 the head was mainly used by the military as a coastal defence installation, which left a network of accessible old bunkers and tunnels as its legacy, forming part of the attraction. North Head provided the settlement of Auckland with its first pilot station for the guiding of ships into the harbour in 1878. Today the reserve provides walks along the waterline or onto the summit with good views of Rangitoto Island and Auckland.
Cornwall Park is an expansive parkland containing Maungakiekie pa or the hill of One Tree Hill. The Maungakiekie pa is a volcanic peak and an important memorial place for both Māori and other New Zealanders. The summit provides views across the Auckland area, and allows visitors to see both of Auckland's harbours. The Park has centuries-old heritage sites, wide-open spaces, tree lined avenues and walks, and sports grounds.