With over 1.2 million people, Auckland is home to a quarter of New Zealand's population. Although it has a vibrant city centre, Auckland is dominated by a very suburban style of building, giving the city a very low population density. This serves to make public transport by Auckland's rail and bus systems a little weak. However the majority of the serviced apartments Auckland has to offer are near transport facilities of some kind.
Auckland straddles the Auckland Volcanic Field where 50 volcanic vents take the form of cones, lakes, lagoons, islands and depressions, and several have produced extensive lava flows. Most of the cones have been quarried away and the individual volcanoes are all extinct, although the volcanic field itself is merely dormant.
Auckland is popularly known as the 'City of Sails' because the harbour is often dotted with hundreds of yachts and has more per capita than any other city in the world. Viaduct Basin hosted two America's Cup challenges, and its cafes, restaurants, and clubs add to Auckland's vibrant nightlife, enjoyed in a warm-temperate climate of warm, humid summers and mild, damp winters.
The airport is located in Mangere, a western suburb of Manukau City, and is 21 km south of Auckland city centre.