Auckland - the City of Sails

Recently voted as the third best city in the world!^

With a population of over 1.5 million, Auckland is New Zealand's largest and most cosmopolitan city. Located between two beautiful harbours, Auckland features amazing scenery that includes stunning beaches, unspoilt bushland and dazzling islands. You are sure to appreciate the great food, fantastic shopping and many activities on offer. Students are an established and welcome part of Auckland's population and lifestyle, and you will immediately feel part of this wonderful city.


Key facts

  • Largest city and business capital of New Zealand
  • Population of 1.5 million, representing over 30% of New Zealand’s population
  • Ranked third best city in the world to live^
  • 28 beaches and 800 parks and reserves
  • Multicultural population
  • Weather:
    Summer: December – February.
    Average temperature: max 24˚C/min 16˚C
    Winter: June – August.
    Average temperature: max 15˚C/min 8˚C

Quality education

New Zealand has eight public universities that are all internationally recognised, with three in the top 200 globally. The quality of education in New Zealand is widely regarded as one of the best in the world.


Employment opportunities

Auckland is the commercial capital of New Zealand and thus the best place to look for work.

After graduating from a New Zealand university, you will be able to apply for a one year Graduate Job Search visa. This means that you can remain in New Zealand to look for work for up to one year. Many graduates secure a job in this time and decide to stay on in New Zealand to work. After securing a job you may then have the opportunity to apply for permanent residency and eventually citizenship. For more information, visit Immigration New Zealand

Working and studying
Auckland has many part-time job opportunities for students. Full-time students are entitled to work for 20 hours a week during term time and full-time during the Christmas and New Year holiday period. For more information visit Immigration New Zealand.

Reliable transport system
Auckland has a convenient and reliable public transport system of buses, trains and ferries. As a student you will benefit from a discount of 30 to 40% on public transport.
See Auckland Transport for more information on bus/train/ferry routes and costs.

^ Mercer Quality of Living Survey 2012 – ranked 3.


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