Auckland city

Home to around 1.5 million people, Auckland is New Zealand's largest city. It is also host city of the 9th World Masters Games.

A hub of diversity, Auckland is a place where anyone can feel at home. International events, vibrant shopping precincts, restaurants and entertainment, culture and attractions are surrounded by sparkling harbours, beautiful beaches, native rainforest and wine regions - all right on the city’s doorstep.

Whether its relaxation or adventure, shopping or sightseeing, island hopping or bar hopping – in Auckland you can most definitely have it all.

Auckland is also a city in which sport and recreation are a part of daily life. Local sports clubs form part of the community fabric and most summer weekends will see a major sporting event being played out in front of an enthusiastic and vocal public.

One of the things that makes Auckland so special is its vibrant melting pot of cultures. This diversity is reflected in the local cuisine, festivals, art and music.

From the first Māori waka (canoes) and colonial ships, Auckland has attracted people of many cultures from far and wide. Today Auckland is the world's largest Polynesian city and one of the great cities of the Pacific. Aucklanders come from all corners of the world – around 56% of its residents are of European descent, 11% are Maori, 13% are of Pacific Island descent and there is a growing Asian population of around 12%.

Just to spice things up, Auckland is also home to more than 50 separate inactive volcanoes. Ancient Māori mythology tells a story of how Auckland’s unique landscape was created by a fierce battle of incantations between two Māori tribes. This forged deep cracks in the earth, thrusting upwards the many volcanic cones we see scattered across the region today. Rest assured these volcanoes are now long extinct, providing a series of perfect scenic platforms from which to view the city.

With so much to see and so many experiences on offer, you must of course come to New Zealand for the World Masters Games 2017, but make sure you add vacation time to tour New Zealand and make friends from its welcoming people.

More information about Auckland – things to do, events and attractions, travel and transport – is available here.