Living in Auckland

There’s so much to love about Auckland

​​​Kia ora and welcome to Auckland, where city style goes hand in hand with a stunning natural playground.

By studying here, you’ll not only get a great education but an action-packed adventure of a lifetime too. You can bungy jump from the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, climb a volcano and go whale watching in the same day, and enjoy a music festival, cultural show or concert that evening.

Auckland’s vision is to be the world’s most liveable city with a great atmosphere, facilities and opportunities. The city was recently named in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2014, and was ranked third in the Mercer 2013 Quality of Living Survey. It’s no surprise that Auckland is high on many students’ must-see list.

Fast facts

  • Population: 1.5 million
  • National language: English and Māori
  • Climate: Warm summers (December to February) and mild winters (June to August)
  • Currency: $NZD
  • Cultural diversity: Home to over 180 cultural communities from around the world, with international students from 140 countries
wineries in auckland, living in auckland

Things to do before you leave home

  • ​Arrange your student visa by contacting the New Zealand High Commission or New Zealand Embassy in your home country.
  • Make sure you are enrolled in your course. Most institutions allow you to enrol online.
  • Make sure your passport and visa are valid for the length of time you intend to stay in New Zealand, not just your study period.
  • Have medical, optical and dental check ups and arrange any prescribed medication with your doctor.
  • Book some temporary accommodation for your first few nights in Auckland, and begin looking at options for long-term accommodation. Find out more about Auckland accommodation here.
  • Ask your new university, school or college if they can meet you at the airport. It’s nice to see a smiling face when you arrive.
  • Make a list of any contact numbers you may need while you are in New Zealand, including your institution, accommodation, embassy and family members. 
  • Check New Zealand’s customs and quarantine regulations and pack any items you wish to declare separately.

Things to bring with you

  • Your letter of acceptance
  • Academic records from previous study
  • Your list of contact phone numbers
  • A written character reference to help you secure accommodation or a job
  • A bank statement or bank letter from your home country, to help with opening a New Zealand bank account.

The Auckland Selfie Challenge

  • Chai Shuai and Gao Ming explore Auckland

    Watch Chai Shuai and Gao Ming explore Auckland in our Mandarin video series:

  • The Hauraki Gulf

  • Food and dinning

  • Maori culture

  • Shopping

  • Waiheke Island

  • Golf

  • Walking

  • SKYCITY precinct

  • Wildlife

  • Art and culture