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Auckland Region Major Towns

Auckland City

Central Auckland is changing rapidly with many people choosing to give up the traditional suburban lifestyle and head for a life in the big city. Many new apartment blocks are going up all over town bringing more people into the city after normal business hours.

Go shopping in Auckland City's fashion quarter; from Queen Street through Vulcan Lane, to High Street and The Chancery. Take the ferry from the downtown ferry terminal to Devonport for a leisurely stroll along Cheltenham beach, and then pick a café for lunch.


Manukau is a blend of many different nationalities. It is home for the largest population of Polynesian people in the world, and as such, is blessed with a diverse multicultural ambience. The people of Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Niue, and the Cook Islands have brought their cuisine and traditions together in a fascinating mosaic of cultures.

Take a day trip to Manukau City Centre for some shopping and a fun-filled experience at Rainbow's End. Visit the aero clubs at the Ardmore Aerodrome for a scenic flight.

North Shore

The North Shore of Auckland is best known for its beautiful east coast beaches. There is a coastal walkway interconnecting many of them. The North Shore City begins at Devonport and stretches as far north as the rapidly growing districts of Albany and Rodney.

Takapuna has one of the longest of Auckland's east coast beaches.
Northcote and Birkenhead are centres for arts and crafts, and feature many fine galleries.


Auckland's western districts together make up Waitakere City at the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges. Although there is more history linked to this region than in most other parts of Auckland, Waitakere is our youngest city, and presents an ecologically focussed, forward-looking face to the region.

To see a typical west coast bach, or beach house, can be like looking back to a time when life was much less complicated. The Waitakere Ranges features many excellent bushwalks.