Live and Work in Auckland? Good City?

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1. Posted by WeeJoe (Full Member 336 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hows it going guys?

What kind of place is Auckland? Big question i know, but i'm thinking it might be a good place to live and work for a year. Would any of you guys recommend it?

I've used my WHV for Oz but i'm thinking of giving a year of my life to NZ as well and Auckland seems to be a nice town.

I would hope to get work in media or advertising, so I think it would be best to stay in a city. Anyone out there fancy filling me with confidence about the idea?


2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Joe! Long time no see!

My sister lived in Auckland for 4 years and loved it for the first 2. She loved the weather, people, restaurants, places to visit and things to do - she just ended up missing the big-citiness of being on a continent. The only thing she didn't like was the incredibly buring sunshine. She's pale and had to cover up or she'd burn in an instant.

As for advertising, they have a beautiful Saatchi & Saatchi right along the water in Auckland. Now that would be a dream job...

3. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

one thing sucks about 'auckland' its a small city!

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3932 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I did my working holiday in NZ and lived in Auckland for 15 months - I absolutely loved it. The city itself is quite small but the surrounding areas are beautiful and there is loads to do within a short distance of the centre. I went to Wellington and wasn't too keen - I thought Auckland was much nicer.
I miss it! :-(
check out for places to live in Auckland and the rest of NZ.

Send me a personal message if you want any more info on Auckland/NZ and I'll be happy to help.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 18, 2007, at 9:23 AM by bex76 ]

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5297 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I don't quite understand these "small city" comments. The city is absolutely sprawling - has one of the largest residential areas of any city in the world, and although the central business district is indeed slightly compact, the nearby areas of Parnell and down into Mt. Eden and Newmarket and on to One Tree Hill, as well as Ponsonby, and Devonport across the harbour (all of which is still "Auckland proper"), make it a place you wander around in as a tourist for a very long time as well. (What it doesn't have though, is skyscrapers, or an abundance of dirt and grime - so I guess that could make it not feel like a big city for many people.)

Anyway, never mind that; I too lived in Auckland for a couple of months, and loved it as well. It's a very parklike city, helped tremendously by the perpetually green volcanoes that dot its landscape, and you can wander around endlessly into new neighbourhoods that each have a charm of their own. There's also a huge Asian population in Auckland. Heaven if you like sushi. :)
Advice: On a warm and sunny day, take a stroll ever going east down Tamaki Drive, and see how far you'll get. :)

Note that many people from New Zealand who don't live in Auckland will tell you that it's a place to avoid, and that any other New Zealand city is much nicer. They have a point, in that many of the smaller cities in New Zealand have a overall friendlier atmosphere (which is not to say that Auckland's atmosphere in unfriendly - far from it), but at the same time, fully a quarter of everyone in New Zealand is choosing to live in Auckland, so don't listen too much to those detractors. :)

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 18, 2007, at 10:05 AM by Sander ]

6. Posted by koalabear (Full Member 121 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

It may be a small city but that's what makes it appealing and there are lots of parks and the scenery is excellent. The harbour is excellent for a pint and to sit in the sun and take everything in.. loved it there

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Sander

I don't quite understand these "small city" comments.

I don't think it's "small city" so much in size as it is in feel. I was only there for a few weeks, so I can't really say. My sister told me she wanted to come home because it felt isolated from the rest of the world - which gave it a "small city" feel. I guess I'll have to ask her to clarify more...

8. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3932 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I was referring to the CBD rather than Greater Auckland when i said it was small; the Greater Auckland area is indeed huge and sprawling. there are many lovely suburbs with loads of shops, restaurants, etc, one of which is Ponsonby where I lived.

9. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

sander...if i compared londons residential area then it be 18 million! and the city is 8 million! dublin residential is 1.5 million but city .5 million...big gaps between suberb and city

amsterdam city is only 700,000! apparently!

dublin has much more pubs and clubs than most citys in europe! perhaps a city isnt about numbers, its about how many pubs? and clubs? for me a city is down to how much to do and see.

residential means noubt...what is residential? a suburban area full of houses were people live! no tourist goes to visit a rediential area.

city = many pubs, clubs, bars, streets, cinemas, etc etc etc etc

i was in toronto once and thats a huge population city, but i was bored of toronto after a couple of days and i was shown around by my irish canadian friends...

aucklands city population is only 400k...suberban area is 1.4 million

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 18, 2007, at 2:37 PM by oslaue ]

10. Posted by WeeJoe (Full Member 336 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Great response. Cheers.

I like the idea that its a small, clean but with a bit of a buzz to it. Its great to live by the sea so thats a huge plus. The climate seems great too and i'd imagine the standard of lifestyle is also very good.

One thing i'd like to know is the best suburbs to live. It's likely i would be working right in the city and having a half decent income. I'd imagine that city pads would be a bit beyond me but what are the best fashionable and fun areas that are close to the city with pretty-affordable rent that i could consider to stay? Something with a bit of a buzz, any ideas?

On top of all that, I probably wouldn't stay solely in Auckland the whole time i'm in NZ, i'd like to live and work elsewhere in the country too.....maybe somewhere a bit unique and smaller, either north or south island, that would be big enough for me to find work but full of great views and and wide open spaces, any ideas?

I know i don't ask for much!!

Thanks a million folks.