It is is New Zealand's largest Metropolitan Centre
and the hub of New Zealand’s manufacturing industries and commerce. Greater Auckland straddles an isthmus separating two large harbours, the Waitemata in the North and the Manukau in the South. The Waitemata Harbour is the most prominent for most Aucklanders, and stretches out to the visible Gulf Islands, Waiheke, Rangitoto, (a dormant volcanic cone well worth a visit), Mototapu, Kawau and Great Barrier. In such magnificent waters, sailing dominates this City of Sails. It has been said that to live in Auckland without a boat is akin to living in Switzerland without skis. It was from here that Team New Zealand successfully won and then defended the Americas Cup yachting trophy from the United States.
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