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The Kiwi Lifestyle – About Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city. Half urban and half marine, it’s a cosmopolitan experience wrapped up in a fascinating water world that’s dotted with more than 50 islands.

Auckland is an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping – you’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland.

Auckland’s blend of harbour, islands and modern city environment has created a lifestyle ranked amongst the best in the world.

The natural assets of Auckland have made it a dream destination for all kinds of people. Auckland, which is often called the city of sails, is a popular choice among emigrants as the place to work and live.

For detailed information on Auckland, please see www.Aucklandnz.com

For additional information on living in Auckland, please see the NZ Immigration site: www.newzealandnow.govt.nz


Accommodation

Buying

Currently in Auckland you can find a tidy 3 bedroom home in suburbs relatively near the Auckland CBD for around *NZ$787,000+. 2 Bedroom inner-city apartments sell from around *NZ$600,000 upwards. (*Based on rates sourced from Barfoot & Thompson Jan 2016).

Mortgage rates are competitive and there are a number of options available for the house buyer. The lending banks and financial institutions offer flexibility in terms as well as rates. Mortgage brokers are “free” and are a good avenue if you are unfamiliar with the NZ banking environment. See www.interest.co.nz/borrowing for a comparison of current interest rates offered by major lending institutions in NZ)

Renting

The cheapest form of renting is to share a flat (apartment) with other people. As can be expected, the prices vary greatly depending on the size of the house, the number of occupants and location. In general, you would pay NZ$150 – $250 for inner city and about NZ$120 – $180 for anything in the city fringes or outer suburbs (per person per week, excluding expenses). If you have a family or wish to rent an entire house or apartment within 15 – 20 minutes drive from the Auckland CBD, you’ll be looking at approximately NZ$490 upwards for 3 bedrooms+, and around NZ$290 – $385+ for 1-2 bedrooms.

NZ Tenancy Services website offers detailed information if you are wanting to rent in NZ.  Getting Ready To Rent and Market Rent via Suburb are a great starting point.

Popular websites to source properties for sale or to rent are: Real Estate NZ or Trade Me Property

For up-to-date information regarding property trends and values go to: QV Trends or QV Value by Suburb

Hotels

As New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland offers accommodation to suit a wide range of tastes, styles and budgets. Your options include five star luxury hotels, intimate bed & breakfasts, up market lodges, boutique hotels, stylish serviced apartments, motels, home and backpackers.

Below is a listing of various Auckland accommodation alternatives and the cost of staying in NZ$

Hotel/Hostel Location Daily charge *
Hilton Hotel Auckland CBD $250.00 –$410.00
Sky City Hotel Casino Auckland CBD $150.00 – $200.00
Hilton Serviced Apartments Auckland CBD $397.00
YHA Auckland City Backpackers CBD Backpackers $22.00
Standard (Multi-share) room: $23.00
Double room: $32.00
Twin room: $32.00
5-17 Years: $18.00
Under 5: $14.00
Backpackers $23.00
Standard $25.00 -$88.00

* Varies dependent on day of the week and room size

For more information about where to stay in Auckland visit www.aucklandnz.com.


Transport

Driver licences from a certain selection of countries are valid in New Zealand for either 12 months or until their expiry date (depends on which comes first). For licences from countries not covered, an international driving permit is required. However, after 12 months either option must be replaced by a New Zealand driving licence. For further details, go to the NZ Transport Agency site www.nzta.govt.nz

Public transport is a common way of getting around the city. Buses are very frequent and reach many areas of Auckland and the wider area.

The Auckland Transport Network has detailed information on timetables and services www.at.govt.nz

For detailed ferry timetables and excursions available see: www.fullers.co.nz


Entertainment and Shopping

Auckland is blessed with an abundance of entertainment and shopping, we have listed a few different options, for a comprehensive list of what Auckland has to offer go to: www.Aucklandnz.com

Shopping

Auckland has a vast range of shops to suit any person or interest. Queen Street is the main outdoor shopping area in the city, offering a large range of retail stores. A quick walk over the road will see you at High Street and the Chancery where you can find any number of designer stores. If you are one for shopping malls then you have a wide variety to choose from, as most highly populated suburbs will have one.

If you are after a bargain travel to Onehunga to visit Dress-Smart – a big name factory outlet.

Restaurants and Cafés

Whatever your taste buds or your budget there is something to satisfy everyone in Auckland. Great areas to eat out can be found almost anywhere. Typically Britomart, the Viaduct, Ponsonby, Parnell or Mt Eden are popular places to eat either during the day or at night.

Like Wellington, Auckland has a large variety of cafés on offer as well and, if you feel like travelling, great restaurants and cafés can be found over on the North Shore. The cost of dining out can vary from NZ$50- $100 per couple, up to NZ$200+ (excluding wine). Coffee and hot drinks will cost you somewhere between $3–$5.

Recreation

It is hard to go to Auckland without getting into the sailing spirit. The harbour is a magnificent place to discover with charters available frequently, or if you don’t like to be on the sea a walk around the viaduct is just as spectacular. There is some great fishing close to Auckland in the beautiful Coromandel and Carl at Epic Adventures will put you onto decent snapper or yellowtail kingfish – check them out at www.epicadventures.co.nz – you won’t be disappointed!

Auckland boasts a great selection of beaches for you to choose from, from the West Coast to the East there is a beach to suit every person.

If you enjoy more adventurous activities then there is Bungy jumping, climbing the Harbour Bridge, trekking and Go-cart racing, which are only a few of the exciting activities that you can find around the city.

Visiting a local information centre is often best, as there is always something new to discover.

Sport

Sport is a big part of New Zealand culture and nowhere is this more evident than Auckland.

Rugby, cricket, basketball, netball, hockey and sailing are just some of the events that can be watched at various arenas all around the city.

There is something for everyone to play or to watch.

Food

Where to eat and buy food

As previously mentioned Auckland is home to a large number of restaurants and café suitable for any taste or budget.

If eating out does not tempt your taste buds then there are many places of which you can visit to pick up groceries.

Supermarkets stock all your basic foods; however if you are after fresher more authentic foods there are often early morning markets around the city.

Chinese supermarkets are situated in various suburbs, as too are other cultural grocery stores.

Further Information

The following websites may also provide valuable information to you.

Cost of Living Calculator: www.enz.org/cost-of-living-in-new-zealand/

Immigration NZ Skills Shortage List: www.skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz/

Inland Revenue Department: www.ird.govt.nz/international/comingleaving/coming/perm/coming-to-nz-perm.html