Auckland is the name of a region and the name of a city in that region. The city is the most populous in the country, outnumbering all citizens of the South Island, and amounting to around one third of the total population of New Zealand. Auckland also has the largest Polynesian population in the world, outnumbering the total Polynesian population elsewhere in the world. Mercer Quality of Living Survey usually ranks Auckland as the 3rd best city in the world to live.
Citizens of Auckland are never far from the water. Boating is popular pastime where citizens have more boats per person than any other city in the world. Westhaven Marina near the city centre is the biggest marina in the Southern Hemisphere.
Auckland has a number of famous landmarks. The Skytower dominates the city skyline, It is the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere. The nearby Auckland Harbour Bridge spans the Waitemata Harbour allowing access to the scenic Northshore where a number of desirable suburbs and beaches are located. Another famous landmark can be seen from these beaches, a volcanic island called Rangitoto which has a distinctive conical shape.
Auckland sits on the Auckland Volcanic Field where around 50 extinct volcanic peaks rise out of the suburbs. Many of these volcanic cones are nature reserves with scenic lookouts on their summits. Notable cones include: One Tree Hill, Mt Eden, and Mt Victoria. Auckland also has a number of beaches on the west coast such as Piha and Bethells Beach. The west coast is where the popular TV series Hercules and Xena Warrior Princess were filmed.