Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is often called the 'City of Sails' and is bustling, diverse and multicultural. As New Zealand's economic powerhouse and a global city, with easy access to key international markets, 1.5 million people call Auckland home. It may be the biggest city in the country, but it’s cheaper and ranked more liveable than other major cities around the world.

Auckland City is unlike many other places, with a blend of harbours, parks, islands, and a bustling modern city centre. The iconic Sky Tower is the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere, and the botanical gardens at Auckland domain are a must see.

Life in Auckland features bustling cafes, ice cream parlours, and crowded beaches in summer. From the North Shore to the South, Auckland is an excellent destination for some surf, sand and sun. What’s more, Auckland has the best harbour in the world for cruising, fishing and sailing. There are plenty of hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands within half an hour of where locals reside and work. Many immigrants find living in Auckland a great lifestyle with amazing job and career opportunities.

Buying & Renting

The Auckland housing market is continually evolving. For all the latest rates to buy or rent a house or an apartment, take a look at the latest market reports by Barfoot & Thompson.

Mortgage rates are competitive, and many options are available if you want to buy. Local banks and financial institutions offer flexibility in terms and rates. If you're unfamiliar with the New Zealand banking environment, look into mortgage brokers. See here for all the latest interest rates offered by major lenders.

The NZ Tenancy Services website is a good starting point for rental houses or apartments. Take a look at Getting Ready To Rent and Market Rentby suburb to start, and go from there. You can also visit Trade Me Property or Real Estate NZ.

Go to QV Valuations or QV House Price Index for up-to-date property trends and values.


You’ll find a huge variety of accommodation options to suit different tastes, styles and budgets.


Driver licences from certain countries are valid in New Zealand for either 12 months or until their expiry date, whichever 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, visit the New Zealand Transport Agency website.

Residents and visitors don’t necessarily need a car in Auckland. Public transport is a great way to get around the city and helps save money on the cost of parking. Bus, ferry and rail services frequently run from the CBD, connecting many suburbs and areas of Auckland. See here for detailed information on timetables and services for the Auckland Transport network.

Food, Entertainment & Shopping

Auckland is bustling with culture, an internationally-renowned selection of restaurants and coffee shops, large shopping centres and entertainment! For those looking to live in Auckland, you can expect fantastic weather and an incredible range of events, jobs, and outdoor activities — day or night. To find out more, visit, and

Further Information

Cost of Living in New Zealand

New Zealand Immigration

New Zealand Inland Revenue