I was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. I know everyone feels a sense of loyalty to the place they call home, but I love this place more that most, I suspect. I love it not only because it holds all of my childhood memories, but because it has spirit. You never know what to expect of Auckand.
It is a city of many faces. With a population of just over 1 million, it is a small city by world standards, but it contains over a quarter of the population of this country. I am not sure of the exact geographical size of Auckland, but it is HUGE. We are up there with the top in the world when it comes to physical space per capita. Because Auckland sits between two harbours, there are hundreds of islands that make for great day trips. In fact, this city is known as the City of Sails. There are hundreds of thousands of boats in the harbours.
The maori people know Auckland as Tamaki Makau Rau, or the city of 100 lovers. The name was earned because it is a city that is loved by all.
I think what I love best about Auckland is how green it is. There are so many parks and reserves. It is impossible to drive more than 1km without passing a park. I live beside the biggest and most beautiful of them all – Cornwall Park. It is 81 hectares of green, and is home to One Tree Hill. If you’ve read my bio, you’ll know that I have One Tree Hill tattooed on my right hip. It gives me a sense of place, even if I’m feeling lost.
So – if you haven’t been to Auckland, I swear – you don’t know what you’re missing.