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Auckland is a city in the North Island of New Zealand, on the continent of Oceania. It is located in the Auckland Region— which is governed by the Auckland Council outlying Hauraki Gulf and other rural areas resulting in it being the most populated urban area in the country. Auckland is known for being diverse, multicultural, and a cosmopolitan city.
See the fact file below for more information on the Auckland or alternatively, you can download our 24-page Auckland worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
- The name Auckland came from William Eden, 1st Baron Auckland—patron of the founder of the city.
- The name Auckland originates from Ackland, that could have possibly come from the Norse alca (“auk”) or from Middle English ak(“oak”)+ land, the word Auckland was formed.
- The Auckland Region of New Zealand was built on a foundation of greywacke (grey earthy rocks) that form lots of the islands in the Hauraki Gulf, Hunua Ranges, and land south of Port Waikato.
- Auckland has imprecisely defined boundaries.
- According to the Statistics New Zealand, the greater Auckland urban area spans 1,102.9 square kilometers.
- The greater Auckland area extends to Waweira in the north, Kumeu in the north-west, and Runciman in the south.
- Whangaparaoa Peninsula is separated from its nearest neighbouring suburb, which is the Long Bay.
- New Zealand’s largest urban area is Auckland.
- The urban areas in Auckland lie within the Auckland Region.
THE AUCKLAND REGION
- The Auckland Region is an administrative region that encompasses the center of the city, surrounding towns, suburbs, nearshore islands, as well as the north and south of the rural and urban areas.
- The Auckland Central Business District (CBD) is the city centre and is also the most built-up area of the whole region.
- CBD covers 433 hectares in a triangular area and is bounded by the Auckland waterfront on the Waitematā Harbour.
- Auckland’s metropolitan area is made up of over two hundred (200) suburban areas.
- The outermost suburbs are Orewa in the north, Papakura in the south, Henderson in the west, and Howick in the east.
- Beyond these suburbs lie the towns of Wellsford, Warkworth, and Helensville to the north and Clevedon, Pukekohe, and Waiku to the south.
- Auckland was the capital city of New Zealand between 1842 and 1865.
- In 1865, the capital was moved to be more centrally located, so it is now Wellington.
- Auckland Harbour Bridge is an iconic symbol of Auckland that connects central Auckland and the North Shore.
- Auckland Civic Theater is a well-known significant heritage atmospheric theatre that was built in 1929 and renovated in 2000 to its original form.
- Auckland Town Hall was built in 1911 that serves both council and entertainment functions. It is prominent for having the finest acoustics in the world.
- St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a 19th-century Gothic cathedral which was renovated from 2003 to 2007 to preserve its structure. It is the Catholic Cathedral of Auckland.
LEISURE IN AUCKLAND
- Auckland ranked third in a survey of the quality of life of 215 major cities of the world.
- Auckland is known as the “City of Sails” because of its sailing popularity across the region.
- There are 135,000 yachts and launches registered in Auckland, and around 60,500 of the country’s 149,900 registered yachtsmen are from Auckland.
- The Viaduct Basin or Viaduct Harbour, which is located on the western edge of the Central Business District (CBD) hosted two America’s Cup challenges (2000 Cup and 2003 Cup).
- The Waitematā Harbour is home to several notable yacht clubs and marinas.
- The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Westhaven Marina are the largest of its kinds in the Southern Hemisphere.
- The west coast of Auckland is popular for surfing due to its surf spots such as Piha, Muriwai and Bethells beach.
- Sylvia Park and Westfield Albany are the largest shopping malls in Auckland that are located in the middle and outer suburbs.
ART IN AUCKLAND
- Numerous art events are held in Auckland and that includes the Auckland Festival, the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, and the New Zealand International Film Festival.
- The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra is the city and region’s resident full-time symphony orchestra, performing its own series of concerts and accompanying opera and ballet.
- Auckland is also part of UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the category of music.
- The Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki has a collection of over 15,000 artworks and is considered the home of the visual arts in New Zealand from the year 1376 up to the present day which includes international paintings, sculptures, and print collections as well as the prominent artists.
- New York art collectors and philanthropists Julian and Josie Robertson promised the Gallery a gift of fifteen works of art by the well-known painters Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, and Paul Gauguin in 2009.
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about Auckland across 24 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Auckland worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Auckland which is a city in the North Island of New Zealand, on the continent of Oceania. It is located in the Auckland Region— which is governed by the Auckland Council outlying Hauraki Gulf and other rural areas resulting in it being the most populated urban area in the country. Auckland is known for being diverse, multicultural, and a cosmopolitan city.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Auckland Facts
- Describing Auckland
- Name The Sights
- Auck-ward Blanks
- A Map Of Auckland
- The History Of It All
- Cities of New Zealand
- People of Auckland
- Four Seasons
- With Love From Auckland
- Auckland Acrostic
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