Moving to Auckland
Expats moving to Auckland will find a modern, first-world city, with the charm and easier pace of a seaside settlement. The city has been nicknamed 'The City of Sails' because of the large number of yachts which sail between the two harbours: Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean and Manukau Harbour on the Tasmanian Sea. Auckland is an ideal expat destination, offering the perfect balance between healthy lifestyle and business opportunities.
Auckland has a relatively small population of only one and a half million people, or 31 percent of New Zealand's entire population. Nevertheless, expats moving to Auckland will thrive in this cosmopolitan city. Auckland is made up of four areas, including Auckland City which is central and positioned around the Isthmus, joining up with North Shore on the Northland peninsula, Waitakere City is to the west and Manukau City makes up the southern part of Auckland.
The weather and climate are perfect incentives to choose Auckland as a new home. Summers are warm and the temperature averages 20°C (68°F); winters are moderate, with an 11°C (51°F) average temperature.
Auckland is a culturally diverse city with a mix of expats, locals and Polynesian islanders - famously, there are some nations in Polynesia with more citizens living as expats in Auckland than at home. This variety adds to the city’s charm, and ensures a large amount of cultural shows and festivals throughout the year. The general cost of living in Auckland remains higher than in other parts of the country, but relatively low on a worldwide scale. Expats relocating to Auckland will find that they are able to live comfortably while enjoying a variety of leisure activities.
Auckland has a number of public transportation options such as ferries, buses, trains and taxis, and the city’s MAXX website is helpful when planning specific public transportation routes. However, owning a car is the easiest and most convenient means of negotiating your way around the city.
Although Auckland is New Zealand’s most expensive city in terms of accommodation, there are a variety of living options available to expats. Beach areas are more expensive while houses situated further from the shores are cheaper. Auckland has a broad selection of public and private schools, while free state healthcare facilities and private hospitals are available throughout the city.
As the economic capital, Auckland is the obvious choice for expats moving to New Zealand. It produces a third of New Zealand’s GDP, which is almost double that of the entire South Island. It is also the largest commercial centre in the country, and the average salaries in Auckland are significantly higher than elsewhere in New Zealand. Expats moving to Auckland will soon find that they are hard-pressed to leave the beautiful City of Sails.