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Complete the headings questions for the reading section below. Type your answers in the spaces provided (below the reading passage).
Questions 1 – 5
The Reading Passage opposite has eight paragraphs A – F.
Choose the correct heading for paragraphs A – D and F from the list of headings below.
Type the correct number i-ix in boxes 1-5 (below the reading passage)
List of headings
- Messing about on the water
- Boat ownership in the city
- The famous harbour bridge
- Enjoying the natural side
- From dining to shopping
- Harbourside development
- Something for every season
- Options in the surrounding area
- Places to eat
CITY BY THE SEA
A. Lapped on all sides by water, it’s hardly surprising that the country’s largest city is a giant aquatic playpen, with its two harbours, a gulf full of islands, a rugged coast and the highest density per head of pleasure boats in the world. By ferry, boat or water taxi, some 48 islands make for a perfect cruise. Some offer homes for commuters and weekend retreaters. Others are only for native birds, flora and fauna, or for lifestylers seeking a bygone era. Then there is the volcano island of Rangitoto, with a cone so perfectly round it looks the same wherever you are.
B. Auckland’s long and sunny, sometimes humid, but mostly balmy days are at their summer best between January and April. This time of year brings Auckland dwellers outdoors to savour this lifestyle built on a nautical backdrop but underlined by artistic and sporting endeavours. Dotted throughout the calendar there are also events organised by different communities in cosmopolitan Auckland – there is a Chinese Lantern festival often held in March, a Polynesian event in November, and a free evening concert of fireworks and music is an annual event in the Auckland Domain to celebrate new year. Even in winter, brisk weather is no deterrent to the thousands who swamp Eden Park to watch an invigorating game of rugby. No matter when, Auckland always has an event or festival to celebrate.
C. Little wonder that more and more well-heeled and sometimes very famous folk fall for the city’s charm, and ongoing building and additions to the area help. A lot of these changes are largely due to Team New Zealand bringing two defences of the prestigious international America’s Cup yacht race to the Hauraki Gulf. The Cup defence sparked a citywide spruce-up and the creation of a swanky new Viaduct Harbour village, teeming with classy restaurants, boutiques, bars, hotels and apartments. There is a new convention centre, and with that a number of bars and restaurants have sprung up to serve the ever-hungry crowds!
D. But it’s not just the centre that attracts visitors. The North Shore, the community north of the Harbour Bridge, is well worth exploring. Ferries cross the harbour between downtown Auckland and Devonport, a sweet village that offers main street browsing and al fresco cafe lattes in the sun. Mt Victoria and North Head, with their war remnant defence bunkers, rise up behind the village. They’re perfect places for children to scramble and explore. Picturesque swimming beaches hug the shores that stretch to the north-east for over 10 kilometres from the middle of the city.
E. The needle-shaped Sky Tower rises from the bustling commercial centre. The tower houses a casino, and madcap sky jumpers plunge over its side past diners eating in the revolving restaurant. Far below, motorways slither under and over each other in such a sprawl that one section is simply known as “spaghetti junction’. From the gourmet and trendy shopping strip of Ponsonby on the city fringe, to fashion-conscious Newmarket, upmarket Parnell and Remuera, from smart suburban malls to the Pacific Island markets in colourful Otara to the south, the sprawling city is an ever-changing mosaic.
F. It is a place where you can fish for snapper, tramp in a national park, or just enjoy a beautiful sunset. There’s a beautiful garden smothered in scented roses. Another garden is planted especially for scent for the blind. You can drive up a volcano called One Tree Hill or walk the beach looking for seafood at low tide. There are parks, vineyards and wide open spaces, and with generally good weather in the summer, Auckland is the place to be!
Q1 Paragraph A
Q2 Paragraph B
Q3 Paragraph C
Q4 Paragraph D
Example: Paragraph E Answer: V
Q5 Paragraph F