Tour of the Waitomo Caves & Hobbiton
“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.“Sir Edmund Percival Hillary, first confirmed climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest
Auckland is a diverse, multicultural, and cosmopolitan city, home to the largest Polynesian population in the world. The Māori-language name for Auckland is Tāmaki Makaurau, meaning “desired by many“, in reference to the desirability of its natural resources and geography.
Auckland was replaced as the capital in 1865 by Wellington, but the city continued to grow, initially because of its port and logging and gold mining in its hinterland, later from pastoral farming (especially dairy farming), and manufacturing in the city itself.
The city’s varied cultural institutions—such as the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Museum of Transport and Technology, and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki—and national historic sites, festivals, performing arts, and sports activities are significant tourist attractions.