New Zealand’s biggest and most populated city enjoys a waterside location and two stunning harbours that grant Auckland the nickname “City of Sails”. Now officially known as the Big Little City, Auckland has a fantastic lifestyle to offer residents and tourists alike.
Over 1.3 million people, or one in three New Zealanders, live in the Auckland region, and the population continues to grow steadily. This is nor surprise: Auckland combines New Zealand’s famous natural beauty with all the infrastructure of a modern and cosmopolitan city.
Auckland is a short drive away from the stunning natural landscapes including the Waitakere Ranges and wildly beautiful west coast beaches, such as Piha and Muriwai. To the east, the sun rises over the island-studded Hauraki Gulf and Waitemata Harbour (Waitemata literally means “sparkling water”). This perfect combination of urban living and the great outdoors makes Auckland a wonderful place to live.
The city is also rich in interesting geological features – it is encircled by 11 extinct volcanoes! Climb to the top of Mt Eden and One Tree hill and you can enjoy superb views over the city and harbour.
Most major international companies choose to have an office in Auckland, due to the city’s importance not only in the country but also in the Asia-Pacific market.
New Zealand was recently ranked as the second easiest place in the world to do business and the best place in the world to start a business. In addition to this, a Global Entrepreneurship Monitor study named Auckland as the most entrepreneurial city in 2008.
Auckland is home to some of the most prestigious schools in New Zealand. Whether you are looking at early childhood or tertiary education, the city has the best answer to your needs.
The city’s list of education institutions includes the country’s three largest high schools: Rangitoto College, Avondale College and Massey High School. A number of New Zealand universities headquartered outside Auckland also choose to have a campus in the biggest city, alongside with the prestigious University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology.
Nearly 43% of people aged 15 years and over in the Auckland region have a post-school qualification, compared to the average 39.9% for the whole of New Zealand.
The Big Little City is home to a culturally diverse population – which is part of what makes the city so rich and unique. It’s also the largest Pacific Island city in the world!
The European ethnic group makes up the majority of the population (56.5%), while 11.1% of people have Maori tribal affiliations. People from the Pacific islands, Asia, Middle East, Latin America, Africa and others make up the rest of the population.
Auckland’s diverse ethnicity also lies in the fact that a whole 37% of its inhabitants were born overseas.
Out in the Auckland streets, you are likely to hear a multitude of languages. The second most common language after English is Samoan, spoken by 4.8% of people
Rugby and cricket are the most popular sports in Auckland – and the same goes for the rest of New Zealand. Eden Park (which is hosting the 2011 Rugby World Cup) and Mt Smart Stadium are just a couple of the several sporting venues that exist in the city. If you want to make friends among Auckland rugby league fans, we suggest you have kind words to say about the Warriors – New Zealand’s premier rugby league team – based in Auckland.
When it comes to leisure, Aucklanders have a never-ending list of ways to enjoy their time. Have a stroll along the waterfront and you will see the harbour filled with hundreds of yachts – one of the main passions shared by Aucklanders.
If you prefer urban activities, try Auckland’s fine selection of cafés, bars and restaurants or the vast range of up-market shopping areas. Go to the Parnell, Ponsonby and Newmarket suburbs for the up-market shopping or have an alternative shopping experience at the fleamarkets in Otara, Takapuna and Avondale.
The Auckland War Memorial Museum is not only one of Auckland’s most impressive buildings but it’s also the home to a rich cultural collection, ranging from Maori artefacts and geological lessons on the city and the country, to an historic journey through Auckland’s last few decades.
The Auckland Art Gallery is the city’s main gallery but it’s far from being the only one. Auckland has a number of smaller galleries with ongoing exhibitions that ensure you never run out of cool stuff to look at.
The Edge is Auckland’s premier performing arts, convention, civic and entertainment facility, comprising the Aotea Centre, Auckland Town Hall, the Civic Theatre and Aotea Square. Each of these centres stage big theatrical and musical productions.
One-family households make up 70.3% of all households in the Auckland region. Over 19% of people choose to live in one-person households and the average household size is 2.9 people – slightly above the 2.7 national average.
Aucklanders enjoy a warm temperate climate. Summers are usually warm and humid while winters are mild and wet. The city has an average of 2060 sunshine hours per annum. MetService allows you to check on Auckland’s temperature, tides and weather forecasts online