In the northern half of the North Island of New Zealand, Auckland is also known as the “City of Sails”. Its inhabitants’ passion for boats made that, on fine summer days, the Hauraki Gulf is covered with sailing boats. Almost one household in four owns a boat.
Auckland lies on a narrow isthmus, between numerous volcanic cones, Manukau Harbour and Waitemata Harbour. The island of Rangitoto separates Waitemata Harbour from the Hauraki Gulf with its scattering of islands.
One third of the population of New Zealand live on this narrow land bridge. Auckland is often called the capital of Polynesia, because of the high proportion of inhabitants from that region. In fact, Auckland became the principal gateway into New Zealand.
There are great difficulties in providing an adequate water supply, with all this demographic explosion. This is one of the few serious problems in recent years, due to the huge concentration of population in a relatively small area.
Villages that were once a long way from the town became suburbs. Outlying districts of the city have their own shopping and administrative centers. Outside the city center, the central business district of Auckland, the residential areas follow the usual New Zealand pattern of detached family houses with small gardens.
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