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Auckland is located in the upper North Island of New Zealand, and is home to almost 1.3 million people, which represents a third of New Zealand's total population. It is New Zealand's largest and most cosmopolitan city with 27% of the total population originating from overseas. The region boasts three harbours, two mountain ranges, 48 volcanic cones and more than 50 islands.
Modern day Auckland stretches from the town of Wellsford in the north, to the rolling Bombay Hills in the south, its urban area is twice the size of London. It is surrounded by three harbours - the Waitemata, the Manukau and the Kaipara. Administratively, it is divided into four cities (Auckland, Manukau, North Shore and Waitakere) and three districts (Franklin, Rodney and Papakura).
Auckland has been ranked as one of the best 'lifestyle cities' in the world. This vibrant region has an eclectic mix of different cultures, 63% of its residents are of European descent, 11% are Maori, 13% are Polynesian and there is a growing Asian population of around 12%. Being the largest Polynesian city in the world, there are strong ties to the Pacific Islands as well as a thriving Maori culture. In the city centre, Auckland's growing popularity as an international education destination has seen an explosion of ethnic restaurants and shops.
NZTRI is situated at the Auckland University of Technology campus which is in the heart of Auckland city. It is located within walking distance of excellent shopping and restaurants. 10 minutes walk from our offices is the Auckland Viaduct which offers a variety of quality cafes and restaurants overlooking the harbour. This area becomes a clubbing hotspot during the evening. Cosmopolitan to its core, this is a place that offers world-class theatre, music, art and fashion in an exciting diversity of forms.
Some of the main benefits of visiting Auckland include;
- Close proximity to beaches, wilderness, volcanoes, countryside, and islands
- Clean air and fresh water, safe to drink straight from the tap.
- Harbours that are among the best marine playgrounds in the world.
- Home to numerous galleries and museums.
- Fabulous boutique shopping.
Auckland enjoys a warm coastal climate without extremes of temperature. The average daily maximum temperatures range from 22C in summer to 16C during the winter months.
The seasons in New Zealand are the opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere.
Summer: December - February
Autumn: March - May
Winter: June - August
Spring: September - November
Getting around Auckland is easy whether you travel by bus, ferry, train or hired car.
Auckland offers a reliable and efficient public transport system. Transport services in Auckland are organised by Maxx Regional Transport. Visit www.maxx.co.nz or call (09) 366 6400 to find out about the bus, train and ferry services in the region.
If you choose to rent a car while in New Zealand there are some important things you need to know.
- You can legally drive a car for up to 12 months if you hold a valid drivers license from your home country or a International Drivers Permit (IDP). You will need to have your licence with you whenever you drive.
- Do not speed or drink and drive - this can incur heavy penalties and puts yourself and others at risk.
- Keep to the left hand side of the road.
- Give way (yield) to turning traffic on your right.
- Drivers and passengers must wear their seatbelts at all times.
Car rental companies: http://www.avis.co.nz and http://www.hertz.co.nz
Accommodation in Auckland
A wide range of accommodation is available in Auckland City, from budget hostels to luxury hotels. Below are several highly recommended options. To find out more about other accommodation available in Auckland visit:
It is advisable to book your accommodation in a hostel/backpackers before arriving in New Zealand, especially during the high tourist season from November to March.
Hostels offer accommodation to those on a budget, common facilities include: internet access, shared bathroom/ kitchen facilities, and a TV room.