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The Auckland metropolitan area, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country. Auckland has an urban population of 1,418,000 and a metropolitan population of 1,529,300, which respectively constitute 32 and 34 percent of the country's population.

Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand

The Auckland urban area (as defined by Statistics New Zealand) ranges to Waiwera in the north, Kumeu in the northwest, and Runciman in the south. It is not contiguous; the section from Waiwera to Whangaparaoa Peninsula is separate from its nearest neighbouring suburb of Long Bay.

Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland lies between the Hauraki Gulf of the Pacific Ocean to the east, the low Hunua Ranges to the south-east, the Manukau Harbour to the south-west, and the Waitakere Ranges and smaller ranges to the west and north-west. The central part of the urban area occupies a narrow isthmus between the Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and the Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean.

Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand

The 2011 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Auckland 3rd place in the world on its list,while the Economist's World's most liveable cities index of 2011 ranked Auckland in 9th place.In 2010, Auckland was classified as a Beta World City in the World Cities Study Group's inventory by Loughborough University.

Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland Domain is one of the largest parks in the city, close to the Auckland CBD and having a good view of the Hauraki Gulf and Rangitoto Island. Smaller parks close to the city centre are Albert Park, Myers Park, Western Park and Victoria Park.

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