Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula to the south and the Bay of Islands to the north are all linked by their coastlines. These magnificent natural harbours, bays, beaches and islands completely define the character of this populous part of New Zealand. Auckland, often called the City of Sails because of the abundance of yachts on the harbours around which it is built, is not only New Zealand's largest city, but the largest centre of Polynesian settlement in the world. The Bay of Islands, with its picturesque maze of islands and bays, has strong historical signficance for both Maori and European, while the Coromandel Peninsula is known for its network of lazy seaside villages and remote beaches. This book covers these areas with vivid photographs capturing the flavour of this diverse and beautiful piece of the South Pacific.