New Zealand – North Island series 4 – end

The last post in the North Island brings it back home to Auckland. Right in Auckland itself – the biggest city in New Zealand – there’s endless beauty for us to discover.

Auckland city with the iconic Sky tower viewed from a cruise on Auckland harbor

Auckland city with the iconic Sky tower viewed from a cruise on Auckland harbor

Auckland city is also called City of Sails since it has the world highest number of sails per capita.

Sails usually dot Auckland harbor

Auckland harbor is usually dotted by hundreds of sails

It’s not hard to understand why water sports are the most popular in this country since it is surrounded by beautiful beaches. Every weekend, people flock to a nearby beach to enjoy sailing, surfing, kayaking, stand-up paddling, para-sailing or swimming. Besides the two most common names for a relaxing picnic on the beach: Devonport and Mission Bay, there are many more littering around Auckland.

Devonport - looking from mount Victoria

Devonport – looking from mount Victoria

Peaceful French Bay in Titirangi village - just meters away from our rental house

Peaceful French Bay in Titirangi village – just meters away from our rental house

Karekare beach in Waitekere range - about 30 minutes from city central

Karekare beach in Waitekere range – about 30 minutes from city central

Karekare beach is a black sand beach that glitters under sunlight

Karekare beach is a black sand beach that glitters under sunlight

Karekare water falls

Karekare water falls

Piha beach - also in Waitakere range - the most famous surfing beach

Piha beach – also in Waitakere range – the most famous surfing beach

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