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Your comprehensive guide to moving to Auckland

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Your comprehensive guide to moving to Auckland
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October 4, 2020
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Your guide to living in Auckland

If you are moving or just considering a move to Auckland there are many things you will need to take into account before you make the move. It can be an unsettling time, so if you are prepared and know what to expect on when you arrive, it can make the transition easier.

WridgWays is your international removalist specialists. When you move from Australia to Auckland, we are with you every step of the way to make your move simple!


A thriving city

Auckland is a city with much to offer those looking for a perfectly balanced lifestyle. the city has consistently ranked highly in the Mercer Quality of Living survey. The city is family-friendly, with a stable political and social environment, excellent medical and health services and a world-class education system.

Most of the population lives within the urban areas and you aren't far away from designer shopping, superb dining, live music and entertainment and a thriving arts scene. If you prefer the outdoors, this spectacular city offers countless options for adventure, all close to the city centre.


Changeable weather

With a subtropical climate, Auckland enjoys warm and humid conditions throughout summer, with the average maximum temperature is 23ºC. In comparison, winter can be mild and damp, with the average maximum temperature reaching 14ºC in July. The weather can be quite changeable so it is advised that you carry an umbrella and a pair of sunglasses.

The city experiences 138 wet days annually, and average rainfall is 1248mm, with July the wettest month.


An unforgettable shopping experience

Auckland has a number of shopping precincts spread throughout the city and suburbs. With world-class boutiques, designer stores, department stores, homewares, electronics and high street fashion chains, you will be able to find everything that you need.

In the CBD Britomart and Queen Street offer designer and quality retail. In Ponsonby you'll find local boutiques, Parnell offers upmarket shopping and is the place to find world-wide designer names, and in the suburb of Newmarket you can find up and coming New Zealand designers and the recently developed Westfield Newmarket.

There is many markets throughout Auckland and the surrounding regions. You will find La Cigale French Market, the Auckland Night Markets, Otara Flea Market and Matakana Village Farmers Market to name a few.


A cosmopolitan city

Auckland is a city where cuisines come from every corner of the globe. The city and inner suburbs of Ponsonby, Parnell and Newmarket offer everything, from five-star dining, cafes, artisan food stores, and plenty of wine bars and pubs. Take a trip to the North Shore to enjoy the relaxed dining scene at coastal suburbs like Takapuna or Devonport, or if you enjoy dining with a view try Wynyard Quarter, Viaduct Harbour or Mission Bay.  Fridays in summer, visit the Silo Park food trucks.

Visa and Employment

Advice from the experts

If you require visa and immigration services, our immigration service experts will be able to assist you through the entire process. We will be with you every step of the way and can help prepare paperwork and ensure compliance so your move to Auckland is simple.

If you are looking for jobs in Auckland, visit seek, trademe or indeed.


Best places to live in Auckland

There are great locations right across Auckland city and the suburbs, and you'll often not be too far from the water. Depending on your personal needs, there is something to meet each style and budget, from inner-city apartments to suburban houses. Popular suburbs include:

  • Devonport
  • Takapuna
  • Howick
  • Parnell
  • Henderson


World-class education

The New Zealand school system is often ranked amongst the best in the world and has a reputation for excellence. If you are moving to Auckland and have school aged children, often finding a quality school is your top priority.  

Visit the Education Counts website for a comprehensive list of schools in Auckland and to find if your chosen school has an enrolment zone. Once you decide on a school, contact the school directly to find out how to enrol.

For further information on the schooling system visit the New Zealand Now website.


An extensive public transport network

There are many ways to get around the centre of Auckland and surrounding regions if you choose to use public transport. Options include train, bus or ferry.

The train network consists of 41 stations across four lines; Southern, Western, Eastern and Onehunga. The bus network covers the regions and is a good option to get around. For a scenic trip to the office why not commute using the ferry. Auckland Transport operates ferries from 13 locations and will drop you off in downtown Auckland, and often provide a direct route.


Quality healthcare

Auckland has a modern healthcare system. Several public and private hospitals are spread across the region and provide quality healthcare. If you require a GP, visit the ADHB website.

In an emergency, always call 111.

Cost of living

Know the difference

When you move to a new country, there will be differences between the costs of everyday items. Always do some research so that you understand your everyday costs and won't be surprised by any unexpected expenses.

Visit Numbeo to compare costs or use the New Zealand Now cost of living calculator to work out your everyday expenses.

If you require further information, you can download a copy of our New Zealand guide or local Auckland guide.

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