The Auckland metropolitan area, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country. Population c. 1.4 million residents.
In Māori Auckland's name is Tāmaki-makau-rau, or the transliterated version of Auckland, Ākarana.
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.
Auckland Airport (formerly Auckland International airport) (International airport code: AKL) is the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand.
The airport is in Mangere, a western suburb of Manukau City, and is 21 km south of Auckland City centre.