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The 2009 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Auckland in fourth place in the world on its list of desirable places to live, a notable achievement for the City of Sails, formerly known as the Queen City (now rarely used).
The Auckland metropolitan area (commonly pronounced /ˈɔːk.lənd/), is the largest and most populous urban area in the country with a population approaching 1.4 million residents, 31 percent of the country's population. In Māori, Auckland's name is Tāmaki-makau-rau, or the transliterated version of Auckland, Ākarana. Auckland’s nickname, The City of Sails, is derived from the fact that it has the largest number of boats per capita in the world. The beautiful waterways around it offer yacht races, high-speed boat rides and cruises around the harbour. The beaches are both golden sand fringed by native pohutakawa trees and there’s also black sand shoreline. There is a vibrant and exciting nightlife in the city that will accommodate all tastes and style. Across the Hauraki Gulf there are 50 islands that are sure to feed the soul. West Auckland provides a beautiful forest with running streams and towering trees, providing a peaceful retreat from the bustling city. Whether one wants to enjoy the activities on offer in the nation’s biggest city or take advantage of the natural attributes for which New Zealand is famous, then Auckland is a definite hot spot for the adventurous soul!