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City Spotlight – Auckland, New Zealand

New Zealand! Are you ready to pahrrrrtayyyyyy! For the first time ever the wonderful city of Auckland is having its own event to celebrate the sights and sounds of New Zealand’s biggest city! 

Important Note: Niantic is throwing this event in conjunction with the city, and both parties have taken current health mandates and regulations into consideration during the planning of these events.

DATE + TIME:Sunday, November 22, 2020,
from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time
FREE
FEATURES:

Timed Research

GO Snapshot

Stickers

AR Mapping

Mapping Tasks

TICKETED
FEATURES:

Incense Spawns

Shiny

Special Research

Buddy Hearts

Buddy Excitement

Hatch Distance

Incense

How to Participate

Your ticket will auto-activate when the event starts. Once it has begun you will be able to enjoy increased spawns such as Stoutland, Lapras, and Unown C (it CAN be shiny!), as well as a Special Research Line, Buddy Bonuses, reduced Hatch Distance, and more!

Below you can find just a small sample of what the event has to offer…and no, your eyes do not deceive you, the opportunity for a SHINY UNOWN is available to ticket holders!

Ticketed Experience Spawns
Unown CStoutlandLapras
Unown C*StoutlandLapras*

Meet Auckland

Auckland’s lifestyle is influenced by the fact that while it is 70 percent rural in land area, 90 percent of Aucklanders live in urban areas – though large parts of these areas have a more suburban character than many cities in Europe and Asia.

Positive aspects of Auckland life are its mild climate, plentiful employment and educational opportunities, as well as numerous leisure facilities. Meanwhile, traffic problems, the lack of good public transport, and increasing housing costs have been cited by many Aucklanders as among the strongest negative factors of living there, together with crime. Nonetheless, Auckland ranked third in a survey of the quality of life of 215 major cities of the world (2015 data).

*information courtesy of Wikipedia

One of Auckland’s nicknames, the “City of Sails”, is derived from the popularity of sailing in the region.[1] 135,000 yachts and launches are registered in Auckland, and around 60,500 of the country’s 149,900 registered yachtsmen are from Auckland,[69] with about one in three Auckland households owning a boat.[70] The Viaduct Basin, on the western edge of the CBD, hosted two America’s Cup challenges (2000 Cup and 2003 Cup).

The Waitematā Harbour is home to several notable yacht clubs and marinas, including the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Westhaven Marina, the largest of the Southern Hemisphere.[69] The Waitematā Harbour has several swimming beaches, including Mission Bay and Kohimarama on the south side of the harbour, and Stanley Bay on the north side. On the eastern coastline of the North Shore, where the Rangitoto Channel divides the inner Hauraki Gulf islands from the mainland, there are popular swimming beaches at Cheltenham and Narrow Neck in Devonport, Takapuna, Milford, and the various beaches further north in the area known as East Coast Bays.

The west coast has popular surf beaches such as Piha, Muriwai and Te Henga (Bethells Beach). The Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Orewa, Omaha and Pakiri, to the north of the main urban area, are also nearby. Many Auckland beaches are patrolled by surf lifesaving clubs, such as Piha Surf Life Saving Club the home of Piha Rescue. All surf lifesaving clubs are part of the Surf Life Saving Northern Region.

Queen Street, Britomart, Ponsonby Road, Karangahape Road, Newmarket and Parnell are major retail areas. Major markets include those held in Ōtara and Avondale on weekend mornings. A number of shopping centres are located in the middle- and outer-suburbs, with Westfield Newmarket, Sylvia Park, Botany Town Centre and Westfield Albanybeing the largest.

A number of arts events are held in Auckland, including the Auckland Festival, the Auckland Triennial, the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, and the New Zealand International Film Festival. The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra is the city and region’s resident full-time symphony orchestra, performing its own series of concerts and accompanying opera and ballet. Events celebrating the city’s cultural diversity include the Pasifika Festival, Polyfest, and the Auckland Lantern Festival, all of which are the largest of their kind in New Zealand. Additionally, Auckland regularly hosts the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Royal New Zealand Ballet. Auckland is part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the category of music.[71]

 
The modern section of the Auckland Art Gallery, completed in 2011

Important institutions include the Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand Maritime Museum, National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy, and the Museum of Transport and Technology. The Auckland Art Gallery is the largest stand-alone gallery in New Zealand with a collection of over 15,000 artworks, including prominent New Zealand and Pacific Island artists, as well as international painting, sculpture and print collections ranging in date from 1376 to the present day.

In 2009 the Gallery was promised a gift[72] of fifteen works of art by New York art collectors and philanthropists Julian and Josie Robertson – including well-known paintings by Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Gauguin and Piet Mondrian. This is the largest gift ever made to an art museum in Australasia.

Auckland Domain is one of the largest parks in the city, close to the Auckland CBD and having a good view of the Hauraki Gulf and Rangitoto Island. Smaller parks close to the city centre are Albert Park, Myers Park, Western Park and Victoria Park.

While most volcanic cones in the Auckland volcanic field have been affected by quarrying, many of the remaining cones are now within parks, and retain a more natural character than the surrounding city. Prehistoric earthworks and historic fortifications are in several of these parks, including Maungawhau / Mount Eden, North Head and Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill.

Other parks around the city are in Western Springs, which has a large park bordering the MOTAT museum and the Auckland Zoo. The Auckland Botanic Gardens are further south, in Manurewa.

Ferries provide transport to parks and nature reserves at Devonport, Waiheke Island, Rangitoto Island and Tiritiri Matangi. The Waitākere Ranges Regional Park to the west of Auckland has relatively unspoiled bush territory, as do the Hunua Ranges to the south.[citation needed]

Sights to see

We spoke to our very own Creator Fam member PodgyPanda, who hails from New Zealand, for some recommendations of places to check out in Auckland. Let’s take a look and what he said. 

*Keep in mind while traveling around Auckland, that there are health and public safety mandates you MUST adhere to. The planning of these City Spotlight events was done with these in mind, and Trainers must obey them.

Auckland Art Gallery

Sightseeing wise, I’d recommend the Auckland Art Gallery if people are in Auckland for the event. Extremely central to all the PokéStop hotspots and they always have lots of good exhibitions. I like to go there just to refresh for a bit when I’m in town.

Auckland Art Gallery

Electric Chicken

Electric Chicken, on K Road in Morningside, has THE best chicken in town hands down.

Electric Chicken

Duck Island Ice Cream

Duck Island Ice cream in Ponsonby is tooo die for. Their Boysenberry Buttermilk gooey butter cake is SO good.

Duck Island Ice Cream

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