Living in Auckland

The Kiwi Lifestyle

  • Tourism Auckland
  • Heart Of The City
  • Auckland City Council

Auckland, often referred to as the ‘City of Sails’, is a bustling, diverse and multicultural city. Frequently ranked among the world’s most liveable cities, Auckland is always fast-evolving.

With a blend of harbour, islands and a modern city environment, Auckland is unlike many – beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands all within half an hour of where Aucklanders reside. Certainly a most liveable and popular choice among emigrants to live and to work.

Buying & Renting

The Auckland housing market is constantly evolving. For all the latest rates on buying and renting homes, New Zealand-wide, take a look at the latest market reports by Barfoot & Thompson.

Mortgage rates are competitive and there are many options available to you, if you’re looking to buy. Local banks and financial institutions offer flexibility in terms as well as rates. If you’re unfamiliar with the New Zealand banking environment, looking into mortgage brokers will be of benefit to you. For all the latest in interest rates offered by major lenders in New Zealand, see www.interest.co.nz/borrowing.

If you’re looking to rent, a good starting point is the New Zealand Tenancy Services website, which you can locate here. Take a look at Getting Ready To Rent and Market Rent via Suburb to begin with and go from there. You can also take a look at websites, such as Trade Me Property or Real Estate NZ.

For up-to-date information regarding property trends and values, go to QV Trends or QV Value by Suburb.



  • Auckland Accommodation

As New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland offers accommodation to suit a wide range of tastes, styles and budgets. Click to search for the accommodation that best suits you:


Driver licences from a certain selection of 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: www.nzta.govt.nz

Public transport is a common way of getting around the city. Buses are very frequent and reach many areas of Auckland and the wider area. There are also ferry and rail connections to the CBD from many outer suburbs. The Auckland Transport network has detailed information on timetables and services www.at.govt.nz

For detailed ferry timetables and excursions available see: www.fullers.co.nz

Food, Entertainment & Shopping


  • Discover Auckland
  • Auckland Destinations
  • Auckland Taste
  • Auckland Events

Auckland is bustling with culture, with an internationally-renowned selection of food establishments, extensive and large centres for shopping and an abundance of entertainment! Auckland has much to offer, so be sure to visit www.Aucklandnz.com for all the latest.

For more on what’s on in Auckland, visit www.heartofthecity.co.nz and www.theurbanlist.com.

Further Information


  • Cost Of Living Calculator
  • New Zealand Immigration
  • IRD

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