Auckland is a city in New Zealand's North Island. A diverse and multicultural city. The Māori-language name for Auckland is Tāmaki or Tāmaki-makau-rau, meaning "Tāmaki with a hundred lovers", in reference to the desirability of its fertile land at the hub of waterways in all directions. Auckland is classified as a Beta + World City, because of its importance in commerce, the arts, and education. Landmarks such as the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, the Harbour Bridge, the Sky Tower, and many museums, parks, restaurants, and theatres are among the city's significant tourist attractions. Despite being one of the most expensive cities in the world, Auckland is ranked third on the 2016 Mercer Quality of Living Survey, making it one of the most liveable cities.
The Sky Tower is an observation and telecommunications tower located at the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets in the Auckland CBD, Auckland, New Zealand. It is 328 metres (1,076 ft) tall, as measured from ground level to the top of the mast, making it the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere and the 23rd tallest tower in the world. It has become an iconic landmark in Auckland's skyline due to its height and unique design. The tower is part of the Sky City Auckland casino complex. The Sky Tower is used in support of special charity events. For celebrations like New Year's Eve and Chinese New Year Sky City Auckland projects an impressive fireworks display from the Sky Tower which can be seen across Auckland.
Auckland Zoo is a zoological garden in Auckland, situated next to Western Springs park not far from Auckland's central business district. It is run by the Auckland Council with the Auckland Zoological Society as a supporting organisation. The zoo is separated loosely into areas defined by the region of origin of the species exhibited, its taxonomy, or by biome. The zoo plays a part in conservation mainly of species, research and education. It has many features such as the New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine (NZCCM). The zoo helps educate school children about their own environment and the animal kingdom in general at the Discovery and Learning Centre. The zoo has an overnight stay option and twilight tours.
Aotea Square is a large paved public area in the CBD, of Auckland, New Zealand. Its name is derived from Motu Aotea, the Māori name for Great Barrier Island, which is the largest offshore island of New Zealand, approximately 90 km from downtown Auckland. The square was redesigned to make it appropriate for use by crowds of up to 20,000 people. Aotea Square is often utilized for public events, including fairs, protest rallies, music festivals and rock concerts. A number of art works are in Aotea Square. One of them is at the Queen Street entrance is an arch called 'Waharoa' formed in wood and copper by Selwyn Muru, a Māori sculptor, and in the centre of the square is a bronze fountain by New Zealand sculptor Terry Stringer.