Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and is located on the North Island. It is a diverse and multicultural city and is home to the largest Polynesian population in the world. The Māori language name for Auckland is Tāmaki-makau-rau, meaning “Tāmaki with a hundred lovers”, which refers to its desirable location in fertile lands and waters.
The location on which Auckland was built was first settled around 1350 by Māori and was valued for its rich and fertile land. The population in the area is estimated to have peaked at 20,000 before the arrival of Europeans. After a British colony, the area was named “Auckland” for George Eden, Earl of Auckland, British First Lord of the Admiralty. Today, Auckland is the major financial centre of New Zealand.
Below is a list of some of the leading Auckland museums:
- City: Auckland
- Māori Name: Tāmaki-makau-rau
- Island: North Island, New Zealand
- Settled by Māori 1350
- Settled by Europeans 1840
- Population: 1.6 million
- Country: New Zealand
“Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.” Maori Proverb
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