Auckland is New Zealand's economic powerhouse, contributing nearly 37% of the nation's GDP and 35% of employment. With a population of over 1.5 million, we are New Zealand's global city.

At a glance

  • GDP - $80 billion
  • Labour force - 884,000
  • Population - 1.5 million+
  • Key sectors - tech, commercial services, food and beverage


In 2015, Auckland’s GDP was NZD$80 billion (US$58 billion, CNY390 billion) – 36.7 per cent of the New Zealand economy.


Key industries

Auckland’s industries and sectors are grouped into three segments – advanced industries, tradeable industries and enabling industries. Together they drive growth and create employment in Auckland.

Find out more about Auckland’s sectors of importance

Population growth

Auckland has a population of almost 1.6 million, which has grown by almost 10 per cent since 2010. We’re forecast to reach 2 million people by 2025.


Labour market

In June 2016, Auckland had a total labour force of 884,000 and employment of 842,000. Unemployment also reached 4.7 per cent – a six year low and below the New Zealand-wide figure of 5.1 per cent.


In Auckland, over 47 per cent of our workforce is rated as high (requiring a bachelor degree or equivalent) to high/medium skilled (requiring a diploma). Over 46 per cent of the workforce is categorised as a manager or professional. We also have a strong labour pool, with over 66,000 labourers in 2015, a growth of 2.3 per cent on 2014.




Auckland contributes a significant proportion of New Zealand’s total good and services exports. As of March 2015, we exported $11 billion of goods and $7 billion in services. This represents 24 per cent of New Zealand’s goods exports and 42 per cent of New Zealand’s services exports.

What we export
While we trade and export a wide range of products and services, our advanced industries (technology and commercial services) and tradeable industries (food and beverage, tourism, and screen and creative) are particularly competitive.

Auckland’s main markets
Our main markets are Australia, China and the USA, which make up 51 per cent of our exports. A further 15 per cent of exports go to Japan, UK, Germany, Singapore, Korea and Malaysia.

Need help exporting?
Find information and advice on services and training for Auckland businesses on our export page.