Interesting Facts About Auckland
As you might expect, New Zealand’s largest most vibrant city is also home to some fascinating trivia and interesting facts (including some famous celebrities who call the city home). Read on for our handy list featuring some of the most interesting, fun facts and trivia about Auckland and its people.
10 Famous Aucklanders
- Former Prime Minister Helen Clark
- Current Prime Minister Jacinda Arden
- Pop music sensation Lorde
- Lucy Lawless (aka Xena the Warrior Princess)
- The late great Sir Edmund Hillary
- World famous rugby player Jonah Lomu
- Boxer David Tua
- Running legend Arthur Lydiard
- Foodie Annabel Langbein
- Rugby player Sonny Bill Williams
9 Interesting Facts About Auckland
- Auckland has the largest Polynesian population in the world.
- Until recently Auckland was actually comprised of a number of distinct, separate cities (such as North Shore City and Manukau City). In 2010 the region was amalgamated into the so-called Super City, with Len Brown as its mayor.
- Most public businesses in New Zealand are headquartered in Auckland, whereas government departments tend to have their central headquarters in Wellington.
- New Zealand’s most famous television show, Shortland Street, is filmed on the North Shore of Auckland.
- The nickname of Auckland is the “City of Sails”.
- The Sky Tower is currently the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere.
- The Maori name for Auckland is Tamaki Makaurau
- The city’s oldest park is the Auckland Domain. It was established as a public reserve in 1843 by Governor Robert FitzRoy.
- Auckland is one of the only places in the world where rainforest exists outside of the tropics.
8 Statistical Facts About Auckland
- There are around 50 volcanoes in the Auckland region.
- Auckland’s beautiful regional parks cover more than 40,000 hectares, which is more than twice the size of the Waitematā Harbour.
- Auckland is frequently ranked within the world’s top 20 most liveable cities … just don’t get the locals started on the traffic.
- The population of Auckland is currently over 1.5 million people.
- The Auckland City Centre represents New Zealand’s highest population density sitting at over 10,000 people per square kilometre.
- Over 100,000 students attend the two universities and other education providers located in the city centre daily.
- Over 2 million international visitors/tourists enter Auckland city each year.
- Auckland City enjoys around 2000 sunshine hours per year.
7 Fun Facts About Auckland
- Auckland is the only city in New Zealand where you can kayak to a volcanic Island. Rangitoto Island is a dormant volcano just offshore in the Hauraki Gulf.
- Visitors to Auckland can walk from one side of NZ to the other in just 5 hours using the Coast To Coast Walkway from the Waitemata Harbour on the east coast through to Manukau Harbour on the west.
- The Auckland Museum holds the largest collection of Maori taonga (treasures) in New Zealand.
- Auckland is home to the one of the world’s only International Dark Sky Sanctuaries, located on nearby Great Barrier Island.
- The city is built on an active volcanic field, with many of the volcanic cones clearly visible.
- Popular sea life aquarium Kelly Tarltons is home to the world’s largest penguin colony exhibit and some very rare sea creatures.
- The Auckland Botanic Gardens spans a total of 64 hectares and is home to over 10,000 plants from around the world.
6 Random Facts About Auckland
- NZ’s Royal New Zealand Air Force logo features a flightless bird the Kiwi…. Weird!
- Auckland is home to the largest number of boats per capita in the world.
- New Zealand is home to more different species of penguin than anywhere else in the world.
- Aucklander’s are commonly called “Jafas” by the rest of New Zealand.
- Waiheke Island has over 20 different wineries and vineyards situated within its 92 square kilometres.
- The Māori population settled in the area around the year 1350.
5 Climate Facts About The Auckland Region
- Auckland has a subtropical climate including warm humid summers and mild damp winters.
- Auckland is the warmest main centre in New Zealand.
- Average daily temperatures in the Auckland region are 23.7 °C (74.7 °F) in Summer and 14.7 °C (58.5 °F) in Winter.
- Average rainfall in Auckland is around 1,120 mm (43.92 in) per year.
- It pretty much never snows in Auckland.
4 Auckland Traffic Facts
- Peak traffic times in Auckland are between 8 and 9 am in the morning and 5 and 6 pm in the evening.
- Auckland has New Zealand’s highest traffic congestion level.
- Each year there are about 40,000 more cars out on Auckland’s roads.
- Commuting times can alter by as much as an hour or more if caught in peak traffic.
3 Auckland Landmark Facts
- The Auckland Domain located at Grafton is 75 hectares in total.
- Mount Eden is Auckland’s highest natural point, and is located off Mount Eden Road near the central city.
- One Tree Hill in Cornwell Park is a prominent volcanic cone which actually does not have a tree at its top.
2 Historic Facts About Auckland
- The Māori population of Auckland prior to the arrival of European settlers was thought to be around 20,000 people.
- Between 1841 and 1865 Auckland was the capital of New Zealand.
1 Big Auckland Airport Fact
- Close to 10 million international passengers pass through Auckland Airport per year this figure excludes transit passengers.