The history of Auckland dates back to 1840 when the British Governor William Hobson and Maori chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi in which they posed Auckland city as capital of the country. In the beginning the city was called George Eden, in honor of the first Duke of Auckland. At that time Maori and British officers and artisans lived in the area. Subsequently Wellington became the capital of New Zealand, however, Auckland remains the first city in the country.
In Auckland we can experience a series of lakes, volcanoes and islands. These include the mountainous Adams island, which is located in the extreme south of Auckland, near Port Carnley. However, the greatest Auckland attraction is the fabulous and modern Sky Tower, considered the tallest building in the southern hemisphere. In Auckland, it’s also possible to get involved in water sports, with walks and sailing very popular activities. Do not forget to visit the area of Harrah’s Sky City, where you will find a variety of casinos, restaurants, cafes and bars.
To visit Auckland you must have a valid passport with an expiration date no less than 6 months. To be able to speak with the locals and get a real feel for the New Zealand culture, you need to communicate in English which is their official language, unless you know how to speak Maori. It is easy to get some cheap flights to Auckland from most major European cities like Paris or London. To save some money booking New Zealand accommodation, its best dealing directly with the accommodation providers so you cut out the middle man.
After checking out Auckland, you will not want to miss out on the south island of New Zealand. It’s the more scenic of the 2 islands, with many walks and adventure activities.