MikeB4: I take back all I have ever said, I don't know how Aucklanders cope and not go postal. We are in Auckland on holiday, Whangaparaora to be exact and the traffic is insane. It took an eternity to go from Takapuna to Manly Beach mid afternoon.
But in Auckland, we have Manly Beach, and dozens of others just as good. And the best sailing waters in the country - arguably in the world - just offshore. So yeah, we have traffic and it sucks but I still got home by 5pm tonight and had a swim in the warm sea 3 minutes drive from my house.
Do I like the traffic? No. Would I swap Auckland for any other NZ/Aus/UK city? Also no