The Auckland region is characterised by the largest population density to coastline ratio in New Zealand with the country’s most significant port (by value of trade handled).
The coastal environment is characterised by 3,100km of complex coastline, 21,000km of rivers and streams and 22 coastal regional parks retaining over 182km of the regions coastline in an undeveloped state.
Auckland’s coast faces both the South Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea encompassing the Kaipara, Manukau and Waitemata Harbours which support a diversity of estuaries, islands, reefs, rocky shoreline, sandspits and dunes. Included is the nationally significant Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and New Zealand’s first Marine Reserve (Goat Island).
Over the past decade the greatest increases in coastal development has occurred in the southern, central and northern sectors of Auckland with much of the urban part of the region sited on a narrow isthmus between the Manukau and Waitemata Harbours.
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