Most of Auckland is built on the Auckland Volcanic Field, which covers 360 square kilometres and contains around 50 volcanoes including Mt Eden, One Tree Hill, Mt Albert, Mt Roskill, Mt Smart, Pigeon Mountain, Mt Mangere, Mt Hobson, Rangitoto Island, Brown's Island, North Head and Mt Victoria. These volcanoes are dormant but not extinct although they are not expected to erupt again.
Auckland also has two natural harbours - Waitemata and Manukau. Waitemata Harbour opens out to the Hauraki Gulf and the Pacific Ocean and the ferries between the CBD, Devonport, Rangitoto and Waiheke Island operate across it. Manukau Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in New Zealand and serves the south side of the city. It opens out through the narrow north and south heads into the Tasman Sea.
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The Sky Tower is located downtown Auckland. This large observation and telecommunications tower is over 328 m (1,076 ft) tall making it the tallest free standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere and offers great views of the city. For the more adventurous traveller there is even an option to Sky Jump off the tower at speeds up to 85 km/h. A Sky Jump is a cross between a bungy jump and a base jump. Also the Sky City Casino and Event Centre, a large casino and event centre, is located in the Sky Tower complex for a different kind of adventurous traveller. This casino was refurbished in 2006 and has over 1,600 gaming machines. There are also over 100 tables for games like blackjack and roulette.
Auckland Airport (AKL) is the main airport for New Zealand and is where most travellers start and end their trip in the country. This large airport has direct flights to several countries around the world and is located in a western suburb about 21 kilometres south of the Auckland city centre. Remember the airport has very strict bio-security with the use of dogs and x-ray machines. To avoid any fines just declare any biological material. With over 13 million passengers a year it is the busiest airport in the country and has most international connections.
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Some of the other options to rent cars include the following companies:
Before you rent, ask the rental company if they have any relocation deals. Even in high season there can be a bottle neck of cars and campers at certain locations that the hire company is willing to offer discounted sometimes free rental to move the vehicle, possibly right to where you want to go. The only down side is the vehicle often has a time restriction, but even this is negotiable, depending on how much the rental company needs the vehicle moved.
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