Auckland is New Zealand's biggest city and with the site of a major international airport, it's often a visitor's first view of this diverse country. Being one of the least densely populated cities in the world – at twice the size of London but with only 1.5million inhabitants – it's a pleasure to stroll around. From impressive art galleries to multicultural markets, and the island-studded Hauraki Gulf, Auckland is an excellent introduction to the fascinating heritage and natural beauty throughout New Zealand. Taken from the Auckland and around Rough Guides Snapshot, here are eight of the city's highlights:
1. Auckland Art Gallery: with an impressive NZ$90 million refit, Auckland’s Art Gallery now ranks as the best showcase for Kiwi art in the country.
2. Auckland Museum: the exemplary Maori and Pacific Island collection is the highlight of this popular museum.