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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]


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The French epigram has it that Englishmen take their pleasure sadly; but, however true this may be generally, it does not apply to the people of Auckland. Owing to climatic influences the Aucklanders are rather less energetic than their brothers in the southern and more bracing parts of the colony, but they are, nevertheless, a pleasure-loving people, and in matters of social entertainment and sports of all kinds they evince an interest greater than that shown in any other part of New Zealand. Auckland is surrounded by many beautiful pleasure resorts, which are easily accessible by steamers, and on holidays these places are visited by thousands of people, and the accommodation of the various shipping companies is taxed to the utmost to convey the picnic and pleasure parties on their various excursions. During the summer months yachting is the favourite pastime, and it is one for which the placid waters of the land-locked Hauraki Gulf are especially suitable. The various clubs and social organizations of the city of Auckland are noticed in this section.