Auckland skyline from Mont Victoria, New Zealand.
Auckland in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country (over 1.4 milion people). In Māori, Auckland’s name is Tāmaki Makaurau (or Ākarana), meaning “the maiden sought by a hundred lovers”, in reference to its natural beauty.
The city straddles the Auckland volcanic field, which has produced about 90 volcanic eruptions from 50 volcanoes in the last 90,000 years.
Auckland lies on and around an isthmus, less than two kilometres (1.2 miles) wide at its narrowest point. There are two harbours in the Auckland urban area surrounding this isthmus: Waitemata Harbour to the north, which opens east to the Hauraki Gulf, and Manukau Harbour to the south, which opens west to the Tasman Sea. The total coastline of Auckland is 3,702 kilometres (2,300 mi) long.