1996 New Zealand FIVE DOLLARS - Auckland
|The proof version of this coin was presented, encapsulated, in a dark blue velvet, hinged-lid case accompanied by a numbered certificate. The specimen version was mounted in a see-both-sides cardboard fold-out, protected by a colourful cardboard sleeve. The reverse design depicts the Auckland Harbour bridge, one of New Zealand's most recognisable landmarks, graphically capturing a typical Auckland harbour scene with the many water craft which frequent the harbour. In the background is the city skyline.|
Auckland - City of SailsAuckland City is the most northern of New Zealand's major cities, and was New Zealand's first capital from 1840 to 1865. The largest urban centre in New Zealand, Auckland has a population of over one million people. Such has been the growth in population, that its 580 square kilometers are now administered by four city councils. Auckland's growth has occurred not only through 'northern drift' within New Zealand ('southerners' moving north for work), but also because of a large number of immigrants deciding to live in Auckland. This has contributed to the multi-cultural nature of the city.
|This maritime city features some of the best of New Zealand's scenic splendours, a subtropical climate, celebrated coastlines, cosmopolitan city life and fantastic water based sport and leisure activities. With more yachts per head of population than anywhere else in the world, it is no wonder that the picturesque harbour always has an abundance of pleasure boats sailing under the magnificent harbour bridge. What other city could be more deserving of the title 'City of Sails' ?|
In 1959 the Auckland Harbour bridge was opened, providing a more direct road link between Downtown Auckland and the North Shore suburbs. Now thousands commute across the harbour to work every day.
Rangitoto emerged from the sea as a cone shaped volcano island some 600 years ago. One of some 47 islands in the Hauraki Gulf, Rangitoto is the closest of the main islands to Auckland City. Serviced several times a day by ferry, Rangitoto has beautiful pokutukawa forests which contain more than 200 species of native plants, and more than 40 kinds of fern.
|During the hour-long walk up the volcanic landscape to the top of the cone, the visitor can see the black-backed gull colony, as well as fantastic 360-degree views of Auckland.|
The more adventurous and energetic can access Rangitoro by sea kayak. Other major island attractions such as Waiheke Island and Great Barrier Island are best accessed by ferry. Such islands offer a vast array of flora and fauna, superb beaches, and a relaxed lifestyle for both permanent residents and visitors.
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