Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and the centre of the country’s retail and commercial activities. Approximately 401,500 people live within the city boundary and 1.25 million in the greater Auckland area. This represents about one third of the population of the whole country.
The city is built on a narrow isthmus between two harbours - the Manukau and the Waitemata - and is surrounded by 11 dormant volcanoes and numerous picturesque islands.
This harbourside location has fostered locals' love of the sea and Auckland is nicknamed the "City of Sails" because of the great number of yachts that sail in the harbours and the adjoining Hauraki Gulf.
To the west of the city, the Waitakere Ranges rainforest forms a gateway to magnificent west coast surf beaches and an abundance of bush walks.
Auckland is a city with a rich cosmopolitan mix of peoples. Around 63 percent of its residents are of European descent while 13 percent are Pacific Islanders, 11 percent are New Zealand Māori and there is a growing Asian population, currently about 12 percent.
English is the main written and spoken language in Auckland. Māori, Polynesian and Asian languages are also spoken by ethnic communities.
The city’s climate is temperate, with warm summers (averaging more than 24 degrees) and cooler winters (averaging 16 degrees). The summer months are between December and March. The prevailing wind is westerly.
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