Auckland - the City of Sails

Voted as the 3rd 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.

*Mercer Quality of Living Survey 2017

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

Auckland attractions

Auckland has plenty to interest culture lovers, with its art gallery, museums, historic village and botanic gardens.

If outdoor sports are more your thing, Auckland is probably the best place you could wish for. Try bungee jumping off the harbour bridge, abseiling or white-water rafting.

After all that, you'll want to relax with something a bit less extreme. How about a visit to one of the many surrounding vineyards, or a cruise around that famous harbour?

While in Auckland, you'll definitely have to check out the following: 

  • Auckland Museum
  •  Mission Bay
  •  Piha Beach
  •  Princes Wharf and the Viaduct
  •  Sky Tower
  •  Kelly Tarltons
  •  Otara Markets

For more attractions and activities, visit the Auckland Tourism website.

Auckland activities

New Zealanders are infamous for their love of sport and outdoor adventures.  If you are keen, you'll always find an opportunity to get physical! 

You can do everything from bush walks and nature studies to abseiling, canoeing and mountain biking. Ride through towering pine forests and along miles of empty black beaches. There's parachuting (tandem or solo) and sea kayaking.

If you are feeling a little weary, finish off your day by soaking in replenishing mineral waters at a thermal resort.

New Zealand offers much more than excellence in education. Few countries in the region can offer a better lifestyle in such a beautiful environment. From sub-tropical paradise to towering snow-capped mountains, deep fast flowing rivers and crystal clear lakes, New Zealand has it all.

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.

Getting out and about

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.

You can get around Auckland by bus, train or ferry.  Overall, these services are regular and very reliable. 

All information relating to transport around Auckland can be found through the MAXX website.

Use the handy Journey planner to plan your trip using any mode of transportation.  The website also contains links to attractions with relating transport information, and useful information around major events.


Useful links

These links will take you to external sites. Sites will open in a separate window, and are in English unless otherwise indicated.

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