Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and is home to around 1.5 million people.Auckland is built around two large harbours with numerous bays and inlets. Auckland is known worldwide as the ‘City of Sails’ and hosts approximately 135,000 yachts and launches.Auckland has been rated as one of the most liveable cities in the world. It is noted for its cultural diversity, high level of personal safety and easy access to amenities.
Inner city recreational opportunities
Some key areas within Auckland City for dining and entertainment include Britomart, with a number of high-quality bars and restaurants, the Viaduct Basin and North Wharf, which lie at the water’s edge. Federal Street has a focus on casual dining and is close to entertainment destinations such as The Civic and Aotea Centre. The Civic plays host to a variety of high-profile theatre – recent years have seen shows such as Wicked!, Mary Poppins and The Phantom of the Opera.
Auckland City frequently hosts festivals such as the Auckland Lantern Festival, the New Zealand Comedy Festival, and the New Zealand International Film Festival. Some popular cultural destinations include the Auckland Art Gallery, the Auckland War Memorial Museum in the Auckland Domain, the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) and the New Zealand Maritime Museum.
Auckland has a variety of sports teams who play on a weekly basis at stadiums including Mt Smart Stadium, Eden Park, Upper Harbour Stadium and the North Shore Events Centre. Among these sport teams are the Auckland Blues who play in the Super Rugby Competition, the New Zealand Breakers who compete in the Australian National Basketball League and the New Zealand Warriors who compete in the Australian National Rugby League competition. Auckland generally hosts several All Black test matches and several international cricket matches each year. Auckland also hosts international yacht races, tennis tournaments and triathlons.
Outdoor activities are also popular in the city. Numerous volcanic cones are located throughout the city and provide excellent opportunities for walking and cycling with fantastic views. Several popular beaches exist within the city limits. These include Mission Bay, Eastern Beach and Takapuna.
A half-hour ferry ride to Waiheke Island provides access to wineries and beaches. Ferries also travel to Rangitoto Island and Motutapu Island which have walking trails, guided tours and summit views.
Many social leagues are available for sports such as touch rugby, indoor netball, soccer, squash and cricket, and facilities such as indoor rock climbing venues. Popular sporting events include the Auckland Marathon and the Round the Bays fun run.
Weekend recreational opportunities
Several excellent options exist for weekend trips within a few hours’ drive of Auckland City. The rugged west coast beaches are less than an hour away and play host to the Muriwai Gannet Colony and Piha Beach. Also west of Auckland is Kumeu which is known for its wineries, and Riverhead, the oldest riverside pub in New Zealand. The Waitakere Ranges Regional Park features over 250km of walking and tramping tracks.
To the south, the Coromandel Peninsula and Mount Maunganui are popular holiday destinations and feature numerous surf beaches and outdoor recreation options. Rotorua, around three hours’ drive from the city, hosts many tourist activities, not least its geothermal areas where geysers, hot springs and boiling mud pools exist.
The Auckland office is located on Fort Street in the city centre. While rent prices are known to be high within the city centre, recent improvements to Auckland’s public transport and active mode facilities mean that living in the city centre is not necessary even if you choose to not commute by car. Housing quality can vary greatly even within similar areas and price brackets, so it is worth visiting several potential residences before deciding on a place to live. TradeMe is a popular website for finding a flat.
If you are looking to rent accommodation, it is not unusual for rentals to be shared amongst a number of people, commonly referred to as flatmates. The number of flatmates you have can vary from as few as one and up to four or five people. This helps with sharing accommodation and living costs.
See the below map which shows the location of our office in Auckland City.
Auckland has a mild subtropical climate with prevalent maritime winds. Weather conditions can often change quickly which has earnt Auckland the reputation of having ‘four seasons in one day’. Summers are generally warm and humid with maximum temperatures around 24°C (75°F) and lows around 16°C (61°F). Winters are mild with daytime maximum temperatures around 15°C (59°F) and minimum temperatures around 7°C (45°F). Frosts are rare and snowfall non-existent. Temperatures very rarely exceed 30°C (85°F) or drop below 0°C (32°F). Auckland receives around 1200mm of rainfall each year and winters can be particularly wet.
Auckland has a wide-reaching public transport network for travel to and from the city centre. The public transport network includes trains, buses and ferries. Most services run every 10 to 15 minutes throughout most of the day. When deciding on a place to live, it is a good idea to check that nearby public transport lines provide easy access to the places you will need to travel to for work and leisure.
Auckland’s train facilities have undergone major improvements in recent years. The introduction of electric trains and the upgrade of some major stations into transport interchanges have greatly improved the quality of services. Patronage of rail services in Auckland have increased dramatically and this is expected to continue to increase as further improvements are made. The Central Rail Link project will connect Auckland’s inner suburbs with a rail loop and allow for much faster travel times, particularly from western suburbs.
Historically, cycling has been difficult in Auckland due to its hilly topography and high private vehicle usage. More recently, a series of major cycling facilities have been developed as more people move toward active and environmentally friendly methods of transport.
Click here to see some spectacular footage of the Auckland region.