Expats moving to Auckland will discover a modern, first-world city, with the charm and relaxed pace of a seaside community. Auckland has been nicknamed 'The City of Sails' because of the large number of yachts which sail between Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean and Manukau Harbour on the Tasmanian Sea. Auckland is an ideal expat destination, offering the perfect balance between maintaining a healthy lifestyle and pursuing business opportunities.
Auckland has a relatively small population of just under 1.7 million people. This is nearly one-third of New Zealand's entire population. Nevertheless, expats moving to Auckland will thrive in the cosmopolitan city. Auckland is made up of four areas, including Auckland City at the centre, North Shore on a raised peninsula to the north, Waitakere City to the west and Manukau City to the south.
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) and winters are moderate, with an average temperature of 51°F (11°C).
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 number of cultural shows and festivals throughout the year. The general cost of living in Auckland remains higher than in other parts of the country. However, it is 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. However, owning a car is the easiest and most convenient means of navigating the city.
Although accommodation in Auckland is the most expensive in New Zealand, there are a variety of living options available to expats. Beach areas are more expensive while houses situated further from the shore are cheaper. Auckland has a broad selection of public and private schools. 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. Therefore, the average salaries in Auckland are significantly higher than elsewhere in New Zealand. Expats moving to Auckland will soon become hard-pressed to leave New Zealand's beautiful City of Sails.
"It is crisp, clean and beautiful here. Our money goes a lot further, so we have a more comfortable home and a far better view. In general I would say New Zealand presents a more relaxed and healthier lifestyle." Rhonda Albom relocated to Auckland in 2003. She shares her experiences of Auckland here.
"As far as cities go, Auckland is pretty mellow. The people here have been fantastic and welcoming, and I can drive for just half an hour to an hour and be out in the wops again. It’s really great." Read American expat Jimmy's interview about his experiences of Auckland.
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