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Auckland: The world's friendliest city

Last updated 12:36 07/08/2014

AUCKLAND ON TOP: Conde Nast Traveler readers have described Auckland as a "gorgeous" city on the water with clean air, fresh food and amazing culture.

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Auckland is the friendliest city in the world according to travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler.

The top ranking - jointly with Melbourne - is a big jump for the city of sails, which was 16th last year.

"The people are friendly, and their humour and view on life is something to aspire to attain," one reader said.

Other readers described Auckland as a "gorgeous" city on the water with clean air, fresh food and amazing culture.

The Auckland Museum and its Maori collections got a special mention from one of the magazine's readers.

The "clean, youthful, adventurous, beautiful" city was the ideal starting place for seeing the country, another Auckland fan said.

Auckland shared the title of friendliest city in the world with Melbourne, while Victoria in Canada's British Colombia, Charleston in South Carolina, Dublin, Ireland, and Sydney were close on its heels.

At the other end of the spectrum, Conde Nast Traveler named Johannesburg, South Africa as the world's unfriendliest city, largely due to safety concerns.

France had a bad run, with Cannes, Paris and Marseille being named as some of the world's unfriendliest cities, while Moscow also made an appearance as the third-unfriendliest city.

The magazine's readers chose the world's friendliest and unfriendliest cities based on their experiences, and Conde Nast compiled the data and published the list.

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