1. Gulf Harbour – Gulf Harbour is a development some 4 km from the end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, towards the northern end of Auckland, New Zealand. It has one of the countrys largest marinas, one of the top golf courses. The site is known as Hobbs Bay, and was sold in the early seventies by landowners, the Hobbs family. Even better, nearby Army Bay features more individualised and unique housing to suit the occupant and outstanding views, the population was 1,899 in the 2006 Census, an increase of 1,014 from 2001. In the 2013 census it was 2,553, in 912 households, with an age of 42.8. A reputation as a rich peoples residence is out by Statistics New Zealand data which shows Gulf Harbour Marina as the Auckland suburb with the highest median income. However, the 2013 census showed that Gulf Harbour Marina had 33 people with an age of 54.2. A ferry service operates between Gulf Harbour and downtown Auckland, Gulf Harbour School is a full primary school with a roll of 466. Wentworth College is a school with a roll of 236. It is a school which opened in 2003. Wentworth Primary School is a primary school which opened in February 2008 on the same site. The two established schools have a rating of 10, but Wentworth Primary does not yet have a decile rating. Gulf Harbour School website Wentworth College website Wentworth Primary websiteGulf Harbour – view from east side at head of the harbour 2014
2. Nelson, New Zealand – Nelson is a city on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay, and is the economic and cultural centre of the Nelson Region. Nelson is the oldest city in the South Island and the second-oldest settled city in New Zealand, Nelson city is bordered to the west and south-west by the Tasman District Council and the north-east, east and south-east by the Marlborough District Council. The city does not include Richmond, the areas second-largest settlement, Nelson City has a population of around 50,000, making it New Zealands 12th most populous city and the geographical centre of New Zealand. When combined with the town of Richmond which has close to 14,000 residents, Nelson is well known for its thriving local arts and crafts scene, Each year, the city hosts events popular with locals and tourists alike, such as the Nelson Arts Festival. The annual Wearable Art Awards began near Nelson and a local museum, Nelson was named in honour of the Admiral Horatio Nelson who defeated both the French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Many roads and public areas around the city are named after people and ships associated with that battle, inhabitants of Nelson are referred to as Nelsonians. Nelsons Māori name, Whakatū, means build, raise, or establish, in an article to The Colonist newspaper on 16 July 1867, Francis Stevens described Nelson as The Naples of the Southern Hemisphere. Today, Nelson has the nicknames of Sunny Nelson due to its high sunshine hours per year or the Top of the South because of its geographic location, settlement of Nelson began about 700 years ago by Māori. There is evidence the earliest settlements in New Zealand are around the Nelson-Marlborough regions, the earliest recorded iwi in the Nelson district are the Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Tumatakokiri, Ngāti Apa and Rangitane tribes. Raids from northern tribes in the 1820s, led by Te Rauparaha and his Ngāti Toa, soon decimated the local population, the New Zealand Company in London planned the settlement of Nelson. They intended to buy cheaply from the Māori some 200,000 acres which they planned to divide into one thousand lots, the Company earmarked future profits to finance the free passage of artisans and labourers and their families, and for the construction of public works. However, by September 1841 only about one third of the lots had sold, despite this the Colony pushed ahead, and land was surveyed by Frederick Tuckett. Three ships sailed from London under the command of Captain Arthur Wakefield, however, after some delay, Hobson allowed the Company to investigate the Tasman Bay area at the north end of the South Island. The Company selected the now occupied by Nelson City because it had the best harbour in the area. The Company secured a vague and undetermined area from the Māori for £800 that included Nelson, Waimea and this allowed the settlement to begin, but the lack of definition would prove the source of much future conflict. The three colony ships sailed into Nelson Haven during the first week of November 1841, within 18 months the Company had sent out 18 ships with 1052 men,872 women and 1384 children. However, fewer than ninety of the settlers had the capital to start as landowners, the early settlement of Nelson province included a proportion of German immigrants, who arrived on the ship Sankt Pauli and formed the nucleus of the villages of Sarau and Neudorf. These were mostly Lutheran Protestants with a number of Bavarian CatholicsNelson, New Zealand – A view of Nelson from the "Centre of New Zealand"
3. Westhaven Marina – Westhaven Marina in Auckland, New Zealand, is the largest yacht marina in the Southern Hemisphere. The marina has two thousand berths and swing moorings, and tends to be continually booked. Auckland, known as City of Sails, is known for its maritime passions. It is owned by Auckland Council, as successor to the Auckland City Council, in 2008, it received its second-time-running international Blue Flag award for its water quality, environmental management and safety standards. It is one of 640 marinas worldwide to have received the award, during the 1950s the foreshore of St. Mary’s bay disappeared under the approaches to the Auckland Harbour Bridge. For over a century St Marys Bay had been the location of small commercial boat-yards mixed in with the private moorings from houses set on the harbour cliffs above the bay. All these facilities were now to be cut off from the water, if not for this initiative, the entire area might have become a continuation of the Western Reclamation industrial waterfront areas to the east. Council was proposing major works around the Marina for NZ$23 million up to 2011 and this may include improved parks around the Auckland Harbour Bridge area, better footpaths and cycleways along Westhaven Drive and a Marine VillageWesthaven Marina – The marina at the west of the Auckland waterfront.