The first sailors to settle here were the Maori, and in later years migrants from the Pacific Islands. It was a place desired by many and fought over for its riches, including its forested hills, productive volcanic soils and harbours full of seafood.
Tāmaki Makaurau is the Maori word for Auckland. Maori legend tells the moving story of two tribes and Auckland’s volcanoes.
Learn fascinating stories of the early European settlers who helped shape Auckland. One of the most well-known and earliest European settlers in Auckland was John Logan Campbell, who personified the spirit of many of the new settlers.
From the first Maori waka (canoes) and colonial ships, Auckland has attracted immigrants from far and wide. Today, Auckland is the world’s largest Polynesian city and is a cultural melting pot.Enquire