Auckland: One of the world's most liveable cities

Auckland: One of the world's most liveable cities

Auckland: One of the world's most liveable cities
Rosmit Gyawali

Auckland is a large metropolitan city on the North Island of New Zealand. The most populous urban area in the country. Auckland is a diverse, multicultural and cosmopolitan city, home to the largest Polynesian population in the world. 

Auckland lies between the Hauraki Gulf to the east, extending into Hunua Ranges to the southeast, the Manukau Harbour to the southwest, and the Waitākere Ranges and smaller ranges to the west and northwest.

Despite being one of the most expensive cities in the world, Auckland is recognized as one of the world's most livable cities. It is ranked third in the 2019 Mercer Quality of Living Survey.

 Some major attractions in Auckland are Auckland's needle-like Sky Tower, the city's most prominent landmark, 328 meters high, and New Zealand's highest building. 

Auckland Harbour Bridge offers one of the top-rated thrills to experience: the bungee jump. This experience includes crossing an exclusive bridge walk before diving 40 meters into the harbour water.

Auckland has an oceanic climate, while according to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), its climate is classified as subtropical with warm, humid summers and mild damp winters. It is the warmest main centre of New Zealand and one of the sunniest. Snowfall is sporadic here.

The University of Auckland is the largest in New Zealand. Other important higher educational institutes are the Auckland University of Technology, Massey University, Manukau Institute of Technology and Unitec New Zealand.

The cities varied cultural sites, such as the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Museum of Transport and Technology, and the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. National historical sites, festivals, performing arts, and sports activities are significant tourist attractions. 

The Auckland Super400, The Auckland Marathon, and Auckland Cup Week are annual horse racing carnivals, one of the significant events in Auckland.

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