Auckland, Between the Hauraki Gulf and the Manukau Harbour, New Zealand – December 7th, 200936.8S 174.7E
The Auckland metropolitan area on New Zealand‘s North Island, visible in this orthorectified image as an extensive white area, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country. Its population is approaching 1.4 million residents, 31 percent of the population of New Zealand.
Auckland lies between the Hauraki Gulf of the Pacific Ocean to the east, the low Hunua Ranges to the south-east, the Manukau Harbour to the south-west, and the Waitakere Ranges and smaller ranges to the west and north-west. The central part of the urban area occupies a narrow isthmus between the Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and the Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the few cities in the world to have harbours on two separate major bodies of water.
Auckland also straddles the Auckland Volcanic Field, which has produced approximately 50 volcanoes. These take the form of cones, lakes, lagoons, islands and depressions, and several have produced extensive lava flows. Most of the cones have been partly or completely quarried away. The individual volcanoes are all considered extinct, although the volcanic field itself is merely dormant.