Relocating To Auckland
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Migrating to New Zealand or relocating to Auckland and want to find out more about living in the City of Sails? See below for some useful information, fun facts and helpful advice on moving to Auckland – New Zealand’s largest city.
Why Move To Auckland?
A young and vibrant city with a very cosmopolitan feel, Auckland has been repeatedly voted as one of the world’s most liveable cities and it doesn’t take long to understand why. Auckland offers spectacular scenery, easy access to a huge range of activities, exceptional food and wine, world-class shopping and a lively nightlife all rolled into one very brightly packed bundle.
Within an easy 2 hour drive visitors can explore the remote sights and sounds of Whangarei’s rugged outdoors, enjoy a relaxing winery tour on Waiheke Island, try surfing at Piha, cruise the Waitemata Harbour, hike the Hunua Ranges or head on over to explore the beautiful Coromandel coastline.
Living In Auckland
With the Waitemata Harbour on its north eastern shores leading out into the Hauraki Gulf to the east and the Manukau Harbour forming its north western boundary, Auckland’s borders are very clearly defined by its waterways.
It’s these very same oceanic waters that have built the city its reputation as ‘The City of Sails’, not surprisingly boating, yachting, surfing, swimming, fishing and various other water sports and activities are top of the “Must Do List” for both locals and visitors alike.
Along with a multitude of water based attractions Auckland also offers an excellent range of beautiful regional parks, dormant volcanic cones, ruggedly beautiful east and west coast beaches and a selection of offshore islands to explore and enjoy – all within easy driving distance.
Auckland Population Demographics
With a population of over 1.4 million people (around 33.4% of New Zealand’s total population) Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and is one of the fastest growing regions in the country. Statistics New Zealand population projections place city numbers at around the 2.3 million people mark by 2043 with net migration making a significant contribution to the rising population levels.
The median age for people residing in Auckland according to Statistics NZ is 35.1 years, slightly lower than the median age for New Zealand as a whole which is currently sitting at 38 years old. 11.5% of people are aged 65 and over and 20.9 % aged 15 years or under.
Around 59.3 percent of the Auckland population identify themselves as being European compared to 74 percent nationwide. 23.1 percent of the population identify themselves as Asian, 14.6 percent as Pacific Peoples and 10.7 percent as Maori compared with 14.9 percent nationwide.
Migrants make a large proportion of Auckland’s population with 39.1 percent of people identified as having been born overseas. Europe and Asia top the list of continents most migrants have originated from, along with places like the Middle East, Africa, North America and Australia.
Auckland Climate Conditions
Average temperatures during the summer months of December, January and February in Auckland sit around 23°C (74°F), with winter temperatures averaging 14°C (57°F). Frosts are rare and high sunshine hours and plenty of rain means the region is blessed with excellent growing conditions for a wide variety of produce and livestock.
Even though the region enjoys a warmer overall climate than Christchurch or Wellington, Auckland does however have high humidity levels during the summer months.
House Prices In Auckland
Auckland is considered to be the most expensive place to live in New Zealand, however generally speaking the average wage is higher than the rest of New Zealand theoretically going some ways towards balancing out the difference.
House pricing varies considerably between different areas within Auckland, with everything from state owned housing through to lavish waterfront estates on offer. According to recent results released from the QV House Price Index the average house value in Auckland sits around $1,223,387 NZD compared with the nationwide average of $631,147. Wellington’s average is $724,176 and Christchurch sits around $495,855.
Prices have outgrown the rate of inflation long ago with many first home buyers struggling to gain a footing the market. Demand far out weighing supply is thought to have played a big role in driving house prices up, with terms like ‘Housing Crisis’ being thrown about in recent years forcing the government to seek out methods of ensuring more affordable housing options.
Auckland’s suburbs range from the hustle and bustle of the busy central city streets through to a more laid back seaside village kind of vibe. Space is at a premium with many sections containing multiple town-house or apartment style living along with stand-alone houses on significantly smaller sized sections.
Suburbs like Parnell, Remuera, Newmarket, Grey Lynn, St Mary’s Bay and Ponsonby make up the inner circle of premium priced housing with three bedroom houses reportedly fetching over 1.3 million dollars on a regular basis. Grafton, Epsom, Greenlane, Mount Eden, Point Chevalier, Royal Oak, Freemans Bay and Herne Bay follow in suit with houses easily selling for over a million dollars.
Popular eastern suburbs include Ellerslie, Glen Innes, Kohimarama, Meadowbank, Mt Wellington, Panmure, Mission Bay, Point England, St Heliers and St Johns. With Owairaka, New Windsor, Avondale, Mount Albert, Kingsland, Waterview, Western Springs and Westmere making up bulk of the western side.
The outer southern suburbs include Mangere, Wiri, East Tamaki, Papatoetoe, Flat Bush, Otahuhu and Manurewa and are often referred to in general as ‘Manukau’. To the north across the Auckland Harbour Bridge lays the upmarket area known as the North Shore where many homes are lucky enough to enjoy beautiful views out across the Hauraki Gulf. Suburbs like Glenfield, Takapuna, Hauraki, Northcote and Forrest Hill along with Albany are prominent within the North Shore area.
Further afield lay the coastal suburbs of Bucklands Beach, Half Moon Bay, Howick, Cockle Bay and Beachlands all boasting magnificent views out towards Waiheke Island.
There are well over 500 primary/intermediate and secondary schools in the greater Auckland region with the majority being state funded schools. State integrated and private schooling options are also readily available along with various early childhood and day-care options.
New Zealand students usually start school at the age of five and continue through to either 18 or 19 years of age in their final year of secondary education. Secondary schools cover various subjects ranging from the more standard science, maths and English through to robotics, dance and agriculture.
An excellent range of tertiary training institutions are available for almost every industry sector and Auckland is home to some of New Zealand’s largest universities and English language schools.
Auckland’s main universities include:
- The University of Auckland
- Auckland University of Technology
- Massey University
- Manukau Institute of Technology
- Unitec New Zealand
There are also many highly specialised vocational training institutes including:
- New Zealand College Of Chiropractic
- The New Zealand School of Food & Wine
- Ardmore Flying School
- The New Zealand College Of Chinese Medicine
- Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design
For a full list of tertiary training providers in Auckland see the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website.
Employment In Auckland
The majority of New Zealand’s top 200 companies have their headquarters in Auckland along with most major international organisations serving in New Zealand. The city functions as a crucial financial and economic hub with plenty of employment opportunities in a wide array of industry sectors but particularly within the Information and Communications Technology (ICT), engineering and medical arenas.
The manufacturing, health, hospitality, food and beverage, construction and commerce industries are also in high demand. Some specific skills are considered to be in very short supply, prompting the government to allow migrants who meet the requirements to be granted fast tracked residency status.
For more information on jobs available in Auckland see below for some of the most used job seeking sites.
Prominent Auckland Landmarks
- Auckland Domain. Found on Park Road in the suburb of Grafton, the Auckland Domain is one of the largest parks in Auckland. It is home to the well-known Duck Ponds, the Wintergardens, the Auckland War Memorial Museum, a Band Rotunda, a kiosk and Gum Tree Hill.
- Mount Eden. Also known as Maungawhau Domain, Mount Eden is the tallest natural high point in Auckland City. Only a five minute drive from downtown Auckland, the park is found at 250 Mount Eden Road. Glorious 360-degree views of Auckland await visitors to the summit.
- Mount Victoria. Also known as Takarunga, Mount Victoria is a volcanic cone situated in Devonport. Steeped in local history, it offers spectacular views of downtown Auckland and the surround harbour.
- One Tree Hill. Also known as Maungakiekie, One Tree Hill is yet another volcanic cone clearly visible from the southern inner Auckland suburbs. Although as it name would suggest it no longer has a tree on its summit, but instead a monument marks the place where the tree once stood.
- Rangitoto Island. Situated at the mouth of the Waitemata Harbour, Rangitoto Island has been developed into a safe pest-free haven for some of New Zealand’s precious native wildlife. Its peak sits 259 metres above sea level treating visitors to panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf and Auckland City.
- Waiheke Island. Well known for its beautiful beaches, native forests, award winning vineyards and olive groves, Waiheke Island is the second largest island in the Hauraki Gulf. Visitors are able to make their way to the island via ferry which departs from its Auckland terminal at regular intervals.
6 Fun Facts About New Zealand
1. Volcanos Anyone?
The city of Auckland sits squarely on the world’s only active volcanic field. But don’t panic all of the individual volcanoes are considered to be extinct. Distinctive features include volcanic cones, islands and lakes with the largest, Rangitoto Island, sitting just off shore at the entrance to the Waitemata Harbour.
2. Parks Galore
Around 30 percent of New Zealand lands and waterways are protected reserves, with thirty four regional parks in the Auckland region alone. Most national parks, marine reserves, island reserves, wetlands and world heritage sites are maintained by the NZ Department of Conservation.
3. A Slower Pace
The entire population of New Zealand equates to roughly 4.6 million people, compare that with the population of say New York at over 20 million or London at over 8 million people just in the cities alone and you’re starting to get why so many people choose New Zealand for its laid back, less crowded pace of life.
4. Local Maori
The Maori people are considered to be the first settlers to New Zealand. Originating from eastern Polynesia, the isolation these early settlers experienced lead to the development of their own language, customs and culture, much of which is very proudly displayed and shared in today’s cities and towns around New Zealand.
5. No Snakes!
Great news! New Zealand doesn’t have any snakes, scorpions, dangerous animals or poisonous insects and has only two (yes just two) poisonous spiders. The Katipo Spider (and thanks to our Ausie neighbours) the Whitetail Spider are the only poisonous spiders found in New Zealand, but spotting one is quite rare.
6. Plastic Is King
The vast majority of financial transactions in New Zealand are made through credit or EFTPOS cards, sometimes known as debit cards. Cash is used very little and in fact not usually necessary to carry, ensure you bring your plastic!
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