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I’m an A – Z virgin, and I’m looking forward to tackling this challenge. Since I live in New Zealand, I thought this would make a great theme for my posts. I intend to introduce you to my home country and also to some of my romance novels, which are set in my home country.

A is for Auckland

Mt Eden, Auckland

This is the view of the central business district of Auckland and the Sky Tower, taken from the top of Mt. Eden, a dormant volcano. In the foreground you can see the crater of the volcano.

Auckland Harbor Bridge

This is the Auckland Harbor Bridge that spans the harbor.

Sky Tower

Sky Tower can be seen from all over Auckland. It’s the largest tower in the Southern Hemisphere.


Six Things About Auckland

1. Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, although it’s not the capital. The population is spread out over a big area.

2. The city of Auckland is built on and around a field of dormant volcanoes.

3. It’s also known as the City of Sails since there are so many boats on the harbor and has excellent fishing.

4. Auckland is the gateway to the rest of New Zealand. Both cruise ships and planes arrive in Auckland.

5. No matter where you live in Auckland, a beach isn’t far away.

6. The Sky Tower in Auckland is the tallest in the Southern hemisphere.

Auckland is my home, and I’ve written several romances, which are set here. The perfect way to armchair travel to Auckland.

There’s The Bottom Line, Past Regrets, Summer in the City of Sails, Make That Man Mine and One Night of Misbehavior.

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  1. Mary Kirkland

    Love the pictures and getting to know more about where you live.

    • Shelley Munro

      Thanks, Mary. You probably know quite a bit about NZ since you’re a regular visitor.

  2. anna@herding cats & burning soup

    Oh how neat! I really don’t know much about your neck of the woods so looking forward to hearing all about it. That’s both neat and a little unnerving that it’s built on a bed of dormant volcanoes!

    • Shelley Munro

      The last eruption in Auckland was around 600 years ago. We’re probably due for one soon, but I think we’d have a little warning. At least I hope so!

  3. Kristin Smith

    Hi Shelley! Auckland sounds amazing! I’m looking forward to getting to know your neck of the woods! I love that a beach is never far away–I’m a total beach girl. I have a feeling I’d LOVE Auckland!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Look forward to seeing you again soon! :)

    • Shelley Munro

      Hi Kristin,

      I love beaches too. The sound of the waves is so soothing.

  4. jenny@atasteoftravel

    it’s been a long while since I’ve been to Auckland. I look forward to getting to know more about the country over the next month

    • Shelley Munro

      Auckland is growing and changing all the time. It’s a vibrant and multi-cultural city these days :)

  5. Contented Traveller

    Fancy – a New Zealand and an Australian virgin – what are the chances. Auckland is a great place as is New Zealand, so am looking forward to reading more

    • Shelley Munro

      LOL – I know. Who’d credit it?

  6. Donna

    Wow…Auckland is beautiful! Thanks for sharing this information and details about your homeland. Dropping by from A to Z challenge…your blog is the next in line to mine. I’ll look forward to hearing more from you!


    • Shelley Munro

      Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos of Auckland.

  7. Jessica | A Passion and A Passport

    So glad I found your site! Ive never been to New Zealand and have always wanted to go! Aukland looks breathtaking! Looking forward to following along! Im participating in the a-z challenge too!

    • Shelley Munro

      Thanks for stopping by :)

  8. Shayne Parkinson

    What a great photo essay of somewhere not so very far from me. :) I especially love the picture of Mount Eden.

    • Shelley Munro

      Mt Eden is amazing and the views are always stunning.

  9. Vicki

    I love visiting far away places via photos from bloggers.

    Auckland looks like a beautiful place to live.

    • Shelley Munro

      Auckland is a great place to live, although it does rain a lot!

  10. Hilary

    Hi Shelley – what fun to see more of Auckland – I’ve never been but know a bit about it .. and a few bloggers around ..

    Cheers and I look forward to C .. all the best Hilary