Living in Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city. Over 1.5 million people live in the greater Auckland area, which represents about one third of the population of the whole country. Auckland has been ranked the best city in the Asia Pacific area and the 3rd best city in the world to live in, by the 2012 Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey.

Auckland is built on a narrow isthmus between two harbours, and is surrounded by extinct volcanoes and picturesque islands. The climate is temperate, with warm summers (averaging 12º to 24ºC) and cooler winters (averaging 9º to 16ºC). The summer months are from December to March. Auckland is also the gateway to New Zealand for tourism and immigration.

You can find out more about Auckland by visiting this website:

Homestay Enquiries

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Estimated Costs

The cost of living in New Zealand is cheaper than in many European countries, USA and Japan. Here are some examples of what you might expect to pay in New Zealand dollars:

  • A fast food meal $5-$20.
  • A coffee in a café $4-$5.
  • A Thai, Chinese or Malaysian meal in a café $8-$20.
  • A hair cut $20-$40 (men) $30-$130 (women).
  • Ticket to the movies $12.50-$22.50.
  • Gym membership $225-$305 per year.
  • Medical and Travel Insurance $450-$700 per year.
  • Groceries $80-$100 per week.
  • Accommodation $250-$500 per week.