Living in Auckland, New Zealand:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Auckland, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 28 people living in Auckland what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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It rains a lot. Cafés close at 3pm. 2 museums, 1 art gallery.

Many beaches, great coffee and wine — but high housing costs.

Homes are expensive to buy or rent.
Cost of living is high.

Auckland is a fantastic city. Commonly known as the ‘City of Sails’, one in every three Aucklanders own a boat. There are plenty of outdoor activities including walking, sailing, kayaking, swimming and cycling. Auckland has the Sky Tower with 360 degree views of the city and harbour, including the harbour bridge.

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, home to one-third of the population. Offering a range of lifestyles from a bustling central city to a more coastal living experience. The region is diversely multicultural, seen through the cuisine, art and music. Surrounded by endless coastline, Auckland city provides many opportunities for outdoor experiences.

Auckland is one of the largest cities in the southern hemisphere. It is very spread out and as public transport is not fantastic, you will need a car. At its narrowest point Auckland is only two miles from one coast to the other! Auckland has a stunning waterfront and many wonderful restaurants.

Juliette, says: 2020

Auckland is a vibrant city that is full of life. Aside from the congested motorways, it is pretty much the perfect place. Only a short drive to magnificent beaches and a quick flight to some of New Zealand’s most beautiful mountain ranges, there is no better place.

Auckland is beautiful, balanced between an ocean (the Pacific) and a sea (the Tasman). It is quite spread out geographically, for the size of its population, so you may decide to buy a car, after you’ve been here a while – the public transport service isn’t great. Housing costs in Auckland are some of the most expensive in the New Zealand, so be prepared to pay a huge deposit to rent a flat or an apartment.

Serena, says: 2020

In the city of Auckland, the public transit system can be rather unreliable and infrequent I would highly recommend considering using alternative transport where possible. Services such as Uber and private taxis and rental vehicles would be a good choice for a more trouble-free travel experience around city.

People moving to Auckland should be prepared to have long commute times. It is advisable to have one’s own car; while there are buses and trains, the distances are so large that it can be hard to reach everywhere in the city easily by public transport. However, given the climate and and pleasant environment, it is a highly recommendable place.

Auckland is affectionately known as the ‘City of Sails’ due to the popularity of boating in the region. No matter where you are in the city, you are always near the sea. It is the most populous city in New Zealand, with a population of just over one million people.

Nicole, says: 2020

Someone moving to Auckland should know the high cost of living, particularly the cost of buying a house close to the central business district. They should consider their main source of income and whether this will be enough to maintain their living expenses, including the cost of travel and utilities.

Auckland is a beautiful city, surrounded by beaches. It is however, rather expensive to live here. Most days you will need both a sun hat and an umbrella! It is the home of the ‘flat white’ coffee, and you’ll certainly have your pick of the best here. Certainly the best thing about Auckland is the diversity of beaches, from wild black sands in the west to soft white in the east.

Auckland, the City of Sails, is the hub of culture and commerce in New Zealand. With diverse communities sprawled across the city, with cosmopolitan centres dotted throughout, it is the perfect city to raise a family in the suburbs, grow in your career in the city, or retire near the local beaches.

Kirsty, says: 2020

it is important to know Auckland provides a wide range of different opportunities that will help any new immigrant secure a better future for themselves. There are certain assigned groups, organisations and communities that help organize and guide immigrants through the process of what they need to do. Auckland is the land opportunities.

Auckland is one of the busiest cities in New Zealand. The expenses and the cost of living are much higher. As a result, one needs to have a job in hand to survive. Finding a job in Auckland is not a hectic task, one can find tremendous opportunities across the city. The city is also well known for its nightlife and adventures.

Auckland is great place if you love the outdoors. It boasts a large number of activities to keep you entertained on a summer’s day ranging from extreme sports to quiet walks. One of my favorite things to do is to take a stroll along the beach while indulging in a New Zealand made ice-cream.

The city is a very fast-paced city, traffic is tragic because it causes traffic jams and it can be awful to be stuck in those peak hours. The best part of Auckland would be the sightseeing views, Auckland is known for the city of sails, so looking out at the sea and seeing boats arriving from the other side of the world is amazing.

Mitchel, says: 2020

Auckland is one of the most crowded city of New Zealand. There are many adventure sports available for tourists to take part in. Auckland’s most tallest building is called The Sky Tower where there are many fun activities like going to a casino. Auckland has a great night-life available.

Living in the central city can be very expensive, however, living in the suburbs is much more affordable. The commute from the suburbs into the central city will often take a lot longer than expected. There are beaches all throughout the city, but the best beaches are at least an hour’s drive out of town. The weather in Auckland can be very unpredictable, it is best to always pack a jacket or an umbrella.

A person moving to Auckland should know it is not the Capital City of New Zealand. They should also know that the city is on a harbour, making yachting a popular pastime with its residents. Cycling is also a popular pastime with most residents owning at least one bicycle, if not two.

Auckland has an increasingly alarming housing problem. The infrastructure cannot keep up with the growth of the population. Immigrant workers pour into New Zealand by the 1,000s yearly. The cost of living is also higher in Auckland compared to other cities and/or regions in New Zealand. If moving to Auckland, be prepared for some long trips during peak traffic.

Serena, says: 2020

Traffic is congested, and the public transport available is limited to buses in some areas, and trains in others. There is no subway system. The city is surrounded by water with a major port adjacent to the CBD, and New Zealand’s biggest international airport positioned 45 minutes south of the CBD by bus. Housing is always in demand and prices are high.

Mitchel, says: 2020

Auckland is small but has more people living there than any other city in New Zealand, even more than the capital of Wellington. There is also a lot of traffic in Auckland because the city is built around one of the narrowest parts of the country. Some of the beaches around the Auckland coast are lovely, and there are many beautiful views across Auckland Harbour.

Aswani, says: 2020

It is a huge change to move to a big city. Traffic can be busy and you need to organize your time when you want to leave for work especially if you stay on the other side of the bridge. But while driving in traffic towards Auckland Bridge you will take in the scenery of the beautiful view of the sea and the white yachts on the water. Depending on where you stay there are wonderful views of the sea. Absolutely gorgeous and green scenery is one thing that will make you want to stay.

Auckland is a beautiful city, with kind and welcoming people. There are beautiful beaches and reserves all over the city. Living here is a bit expensive, like many other big cities in the world however, the work life balance makes up for it. The weather generally, is quite nice but it does rain a lot.

Auckland is a beautiful city with two picturesque harbours. Housing in Auckland can be expensive and if you wish to live near the sea, you will pay top dollar for the privilege. You should consider buying in a suburb with reliable and frequent public transport as traffic can be heavily congested, especially during peak hours.

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