It is always interesting comparing one place to another so that’s why I was really interested when I saw the image below. It has been created by Spotila on the Skyscrapercity Forums and shows the size of Auckland compared to Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier/Hastings and Sydney. Apart from the sheer physical size of Sydney what interested me was just how big those other NZ cities are. Each of them have populations of around the 100k-130k mark yet physically they are similar or perhaps even bigger than say West Auckland with a population of around 200k.
He has also mapped out a lot of other cities from around the world to more clearly show their urban area and you can find some of his amazing images here, it is worth looking at the size of some of the US cities which are truly massive.