Despite being a city of over a million people, Auckland, like the rest of New Zealand, is really just a small town—albeit with a few more high-rises. One in three of New Zealand's four million souls live here in the City of Sails, and another one will probably move here soon, but despite the urban crawl and café scene sophistication, touches of postcard New Zealand are but a short drive from the centre of town.
Away from the inner city and its' impossibly expensive suburbs, Auckland is the embodiment of the more familiar New Zealand, the New Zealand of small town sensibilities, of friendliness and courtesy and innocent unaffected charm. If you take a walk along the waterfront you will see children and families strolling casually as well as million dollar yachts. If you go to your local café, you are as likely to share a morning coffee with a celebrity as meet an old friend. And if you go running in a park, you will quite possibly run into professional athletes, who will be friendly enough to say "Hi boys" as they speed past. Runners are friendly everywhere in the world, but New Zealanders are everywhere friendly.
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