Although the country’s capital is Wellington, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and currently has a population of nearly 1,800,000, which is one-third of the population of all of New Zealand. The city is built around a series of bays that are ideal for practicing all kinds of water sports and especially sailing. It is no coincidence that Auckland is known as the “City of Sails”. Currently, more and more foreigners are living in Auckland.
Traffic is worse here than in any other New Zealand city, but better than in most other major cities in the world. Public transportation is still inadequate but in terms of safety, Auckland is a very safe city, and crime is rare.
The climate is excellent, it is never too hot, in summer the temperature reaches 24-26 °C. It is never too cold but there can be periods of rain and strong winds, which can be annoying.
Living in Auckland is not cheap. Food and means of transportation are quite expensive, but especially house prices are really expensive compared to other cities in New Zealand. That is why many foreigners choose to live in the outskirts of the city, where housing is cheaper.
People are generally very friendly and helpful towards foreigners, although in recent years strong waves of immigration, especially from India, and Asian countries, have caused some antipathy towards people of Asian origin, because they have an unimaginable work rate for New Zealanders. Aucklanders are generally multicultural, but always prefer Anglo-Saxon immigrants for reasons of cultural history.
When it comes to work, Auckland is the city with the best job opportunities in the country. The most sought-after professions are found in IT. Medicine and Engineering. If you have good grades, you can find a job in one of these fields and earn good money. Studying at the University of Auckland might also be worth considering, both because of the high standard of New Zealand universities and because it is quite easy to find a job after graduation.
On the other hand, if you are interested in opening a business, Auckland and New Zealand in general are not the best destinations given the island’s small population.
Those interested in working in Auckland can read the article: How to work in New Zealand
Living and working in Auckland – pros and cons
Living in Auckland, pros
- Very beautiful city
- City with many parks and green areas
- Welcoming and friendly people
- Safe city where you can easily walk alone through the center at night
- Multicultural city
- Beautiful surroundings
- Social equality
- Clean air and environment
- Relaxed life and low stress people
Living in Auckland, cons
- Public transport still needs to be improved
- Cost of living, especially higher rents than in the rest of New Zealand
Living and working in Auckland, conclusion
One question many people ask is whether it is better to live in Auckland or Sydney.
Sydney is a much bigger, more diverse and cosmopolitan city. There are more job opportunities, more career opportunities and higher wages.
On the other hand, Auckland has a better climate, is cleaner and better organized. The cost of living is lower. Finally, life here is more relaxed and human.
Auckland is a beautiful city to live in, and more and more immigrants are choosing it. This has led to an increase in demand for housing, which in turn results in higher prices. Despite this, the city remains one of the cities with the best quality of life in the world. So if you are looking for a place where you can live quietly and stress-free, Auckland could be a perfect destination; if instead you are looking for a hectic place where you can get away quickly, you should look elsewhere.
If you are interested in more information on how to move to New Zealand, I recommend you read the article: Moving to New Zealand