Living in Auckland

New Zealand’s largest city Auckland is built in the north of the north island with a population of around 1.6 million and with a growth rate 2.6 percent yearly. Auckland is rated as the 8th most liveable city globally in 2017 measuring several factors related to health care, education, safety, environment and infrastructure. Auckland city is located between two harbours and very well known as the “City of Sails”. Auckland weather provides you beautiful sunlight over the summer and known as one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand. In winter we have shorter days with cold temperatures falling to a low of 3 degrees. Auckland has so much to offer to new residents shifting here, whether it be with family or on your own.


Housing – The choice is yours whether to buy or rent! Auckland has a variety of houses to choose from and with different suburbs the price will fluctuate. You may want to consider renting to start off with and once settled in then you could look at the Auckland house market to invest in a home you will own in this ever-growing city. Make a smart choice by choosing a house that would best fit your requirements such as transporting to work, work to be close to home, shopping nearby, public transport services, etc. The traffic in Auckland is ever increasing and it can take easily an hour to get to work within a 20 – 30 km radius. Traffic is one of the major setbacks for Auckland city and hence why the elder generation shift to the rural areas.


The people and the culture – Auckland is a multi-cultural city with more than 40 percent of the population born overseas and which makes it more diverse then cities such as New York, Sydney and even Los Angeles. This goes to show that Auckland has done well in settling migrants from across the world. The Maori heritage in New Zealand puts us in a very unique place in the world. New Zealand is also well known for tourists and some tourists decide to make a permanent shift to New Zealand as they fall in love with its natural beauty and a very calm lifestyle. The people here are known to be very friendly as per the 2015 expat survey with a score of 94 percent. The cultural festivals take place where people come together and celebrate under the same shelter. The work places also seem to promote cultural festivities as the diversity increases.


Nature and outdoors – New Zealand is well known for its beaches and Auckland alone has beautiful beaches near the coastline. The top 10 beaches in Auckland are Anchor Bay, Orewa, Cheltenham, Piha, Bethells beach, Oneroa, Karekare, Missionbay, Takapuna and Point Chevalier beach. Auckland is also surrounded by beautiful parks and it is the perfect way to explore the beauty of our landscapes. List of few beautiful parks situated around Auckland are Awhitu Regional park, Duder Regional park, Hunua ranes regional park, Tawharanui regional park and Auckland botanic gardens. The islands around Auckland are also a must visit if you love sightseeing and nature. The main Islands that you can catch a ferry to are Waiheke Island, Great Barrier Island, Rangitoto and Motutapu island. New Zealand is a beautiful place to live and explore, providing you with lots of opportunities to take on board.


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