The city's dominant natural feature is the sea, with the Manukau Harbour on the west coast almost cutting through the land to reach the Waitemata Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf to the east. This makes Auckland, often called the City of Sails, a perfect yachting venue. During large regattas it's not uncommon to see literally thousands of boats on Waitemata Harbour. Add to the scene a backdrop of the 1 km long landmark of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, or the cityscape with its 328m Sky Tower, and it is difficult to imagine a more picturesque city.
Auckland's northerly position and proximity to large bodies of water gives the city a warm but relatively wet climate. It seldom gets very cold or very hot, although high humidity can be uncomfortable in the summer.
The Round the Bays run attracts more that ten thousand joggers to the streets of Auckland every spring. Many New Zealanders enjoy the outdoor life, particularly activities such as running, hiking, climbing, and sailing. Other popular sports include cricket, rugby, tennis, skiing, and golf.
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