Our largest city, Auckland is New Zealand’s commercial hub.

It’s also the largest Polynesian city in the world and the most multi-cultural, with over 180 different ethnic groups. All of which adds up to one big, bustling, cosmopolitan and vibrant place.


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Auckland is considered one of the world’s most liveable cities, ranking third in the 2017 Quality of Living survey conducted annually by the global HR consultants Mercer. It’s held that slot since 2012. A similar survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Auckland 9th of 140 cities.

The region is a food-lovers’ paradise, bustling with trendy cafes, ethnic eateries and award-winning restaurants. Being located between two harbours, fresh seafood is an Auckland speciality, and the region also features a range of vineyards and olive groves.

Aucklanders can choose between a sophisticated urban lifestyle, living in the suburbs or moving a short distance to the countryside to live on a lifestyle block surrounded by farmland and native bush.

Over 1.4 million people live in Auckland - around a third of New Zealand’s population. It’s the region of choice for over half of new migrants. They’re drawn here by Auckland’s job opportunities, good climate, stunning natural environment with beautiful harbours, beaches, and parks and its vibrant, cosmopolitan centre. 

Auckland NZ

Auckland City features two fine harbours. The larger, to the east, is a boaties’ paradise sheltered by islands, hence Auckland’s title ‘City of Sails’. It has the most recreational boats per capita on the planet.

The city covers 5,000 square kilometres (1,900 square miles) and from just about anywhere within that area you can see the Sky Tower, the southern hemisphere’s tallest free-standing structure. Auckland is also known for the 15-plus extinct volcanic cones it is built around.

Auckland is the nation’s economic powerhouse, accounting for 35% of New Zealand’s economic output, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP) and 33% of New Zealand’s paid employment.

The industries that employ the most people In the Auckland region are business services (such as legal and accounting, marketing and management services), food and beverage manufacturing, health, hospitality, telecommunication services, building construction, machinery and motor vehicle wholesaling.

Auckland is also the most educated city in New Zealand, with 37% of the adult population holding a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Auckland is warm, humid and changeable without extremes of temperature.

Summer temperatures: 14-24°C. Winter temperatures 7-15°C.

Average annual sunshine, 2,060 hours.

Many migrants have already made Auckland home. The table below shows where these migrants are moving from and demonstrates the diverse population you can expect to find in Auckland.

It can be comforting to know there are others, similar to you, who have experienced the move.

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Country of origin

No. of migrant



Pacific Islands


UK and Ireland 88,245
Middle East and Africa 49,089
Europe (excl. UK and Ireland) 26,634

Now that you know about what Auckland has to offer, have a read about everyday life in the region, and services and support you can access.

In this section:

  • Jobs & employment

    The local job market, places to look for work and people who can help.

  • Information & advice

    People you can go to for information, help and support.

  • Housing

    Renting or buying, and information on water, rubbish and electricity.

  • Learning English

    Find out more about your options for English language courses.

  • Recreation

    Sport, cultural and shopping options in the area.

  • Education

    Check out the local education facilities - schools, tertiary, adult education courses and more.

  • Healthcare

    Doctors, dentists, hospitals and other healthcare options you can access.

  • Community services

    Get transport information, access government offices, learn about safety in NZ and find family support services here

Events for new migrants

Upcoming events in your region

Events for new migrants are regularly held throughout the country. Gain local insight into finding a job and getting setup and settled in New Zealand.

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