The Auckland metropolitan area or Greater Auckland, situated on and around an isthmus in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest urban area of the country, with a cosmopolitan population exceeding 1.2 million. The local Maori name for Auckland is Tāmaki Makau Rau or Ākarana.
The city is a conurbation and straddles a volcanic area. It is also one of the few cities in the world to have harbours on two separate major bodies of water the Hauraki Gulf and the Tasman Sea.
Auckland has a primarily coastal, warm-temperate climate, with rainfall throughout the year, but no snow. Temperatures rarely exceed 30°C.
Most inhabitants claim European predominantly British descent, but substantial Māori, Pacific Islander and Asian communities exist as well. Auckland has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world.
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