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Moving to New Zealand: lifestyle in Auckland

Posted by By Bournes International Moves - November 20, 2014

Auckland harbour & city resizedIf you're currently considering moving to Auckland then you'll probably be spending a lot of your time thinking about what your new life will be like and how it will differ when you get there. One of the key ways to settle in quickly is to immerse yourself in the local culture and activities - and luckily for you, there are plenty to keep you occupied. Here's our quick guide to the lifestyle in Auckland...

 

Auckland Lifestyle

90% of Auckland’s population live in urban areas, despite nearly 70% of the land area being rural, so there’s a strong city vibe throughout the country.
The mild climate and reasonable cost of living coupled with good opportunities for jobs and education has made Auckland one of the most sought after places to live in the world. Consequently, you’ll never be short of a thing or two in and around the place you live:

Leisure activities in Auckland

Despite the city surroundings, Auckland is often referred to as the “City of Sails” and many inhabitants are keen sailing enthusiasts.

If sailing isn’t your thing, but you still love being by the water then there are several hotspots for swimming or sunbathing in Waitemata Harbour – try Mission Bay, Davenport or Takapuna for beautiful beaches, or if you want to surf then head to the West Coast for Piha and Muriwai.
If you’re more of a shopper or bar hopper, then you might like to check out Viaduct Basin. There’s plenty to see and do here – whether it be eating out in one of the cafes or restaurants, or perhaps spending an evening at one of the many vibrant clubs.
Beaches and bars aren’t for everyone though; if you prefer the quiet life then you’re in luck – there are plenty of beautiful parks to enjoy in Auckland. Packing a picnic or taking a leisurely stroll through any of the city’s major parks (Albert, Victoria, Myers or Western) is a day well spent, particularly if you have children or are lookingfor cheaper alternatives for a day out.

Music and Art in Auckland

Art lovers won’t be disappointed here; there are a whole range of places to quench your thirst for culture when settling in to a new lifestyle in Auckland:

  • The Auckland Art Gallery makes a great day out, particularly since its modern section was completed in 2011.
  • The Biannual Auckland Festival is definitely one to watch out for – featuring local and international music, dance, theatre and art there’s always something for everyone to enjoy.
  • If music is more your thing, then a move to Auckland wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra perform in all its glory.

Sport in Auckland

One of the things that you'll definitely pick up on when moving to New Zealand is that like their Australian cousins, the Kiwis are particularly keen on rugby union and cricket. Rugby league, soccer and netball are all other popular sports played in Auckland, along with beach sports, swimming, tennis and badminton.
If you’re not so keen on playing sport but like to watch, then these are the places you need to know about:

• Eden Park: the city’s primary stadium and home to international rugby union and cricket matches.
• North Harbour Stadium: primarily used for rugby union and soccer matches.
• MT Smart Stadium: home of the New Zealand Warriors of the NRL.
• Pukekohe Park Raceway: a motorsports venue that hosts V8 Supercar races as well as other motorsports events.

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Topics: New Zealand, Area Guides, Auckland

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