Essential information for international students in Auckland. Find out more about currency and banking, health and safety, and weather and climate.
Currency and banking
New Zealand money is in dollars and cents. Like any country, it is not a good idea to carry around large amounts of cash so most international students open a New Zealand bank account.
Most of the major banks have international student packages. However they will want to know that you or your family has a banking history in your own country, so bring a letter from your bank and some proof of your account. You will also need your passport and proof of your enrolment in a New Zealand education provider to open a New Zealand bank account. All accounts come with a cash or debit card. This can be used to pay for goods and services almost everywhere in New Zealand.
Nearly every tertiary campus has a bank branch or automatic teller machine (ATM), and all the major banks are well served by branches and ATMs across Auckland. All banks offer phone and internet banking.
Health and safety
All international students are required by the New Zealand Government to have appropriate medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. This includes students on a Work Permit or Work Visa with a Variation of Condition to study part time. Evidence of appropriate medical and travel insurance must be presented as a condition of enrolment at all New Zealand education institutes.
Auckland is a safe city, but it is still important to think about your personal well-being. The New Zealand Police are friendly and helpful and can always be approached for help in difficult situations. The police are committed to promoting crime prevention and upholding New Zealand’s laws, and have a duty to protect everyone in New Zealand.
Auckland enjoys a warm coastal climate with moderate temperatures. It is one of the sunniest spots in the country, with approximately 2060 hours of sunshine hours each year.
The average daily maximum temperature during the warmest months of the year (January and February) is 23 degrees Celsius (74 Farenheit), and the average daily maximum temperature during the coldest months (July and August) is 14 degrees Celsius (57 Farenheit).
Auckland also has a high rainfall of around 1240mm a year. This combination of rain and sun give Auckland its lush green rainforests with a stunning array of flora and fauna.
Summer is from December to February; autumn or fall is from March to May; winter is from June to August; and spring is from September to November.