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Moving to Auckland

Affectionately known as ‘the city of sails’, Auckland is the largest and most bustling city in New Zealand. It offers the best of both worlds – rich urban living with a range of shops, delicious restaurants and lifestyle options and spectacular natural beauty provided by its surrounding hills, beaches, and harbours.

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Top 5 tips for expats moving to Auckland

Whether you are looking for an active, outdoor lifestyle or prefer relaxing on the beach, you can have it both within close vicinity in Auckland.

Below are the top 5 insider tips for expats moving to Auckland.

A casual lifestyle approach
Expect a relaxed, casual lifestyle upon moving to Auckland. Working hard is valued and there is a large emphasis on work-life balance. Expats can take advantage of this and enjoy the many lifestyle options Auckland has to offer. In the workplace, colleagues, regardless of their position, generally address each other by their first name.

Large expat community
30% of Auckland’s 1.5million population are expats, therefore you will be surrounded by a community of people in a similar situation as you. This diversity adds to the charm of the city with a large number of cultural shows and festivals throughout the year.

Moderate cost of living
Expats moving to Auckland to work generally enjoy a higher level of income compared to the rest of New Zealand. You can expect to live comfortably in Auckland, as the cost of living is considered moderate. With the increasing price of housing, expats living in New Zealand generally choose to lease a property

Access to healthcare
The healthcare system in Auckland is efficient and many medical services are provided free to citizens and permanent residents. It is advisable that you check whether you will be able to access the free healthcare system based on your visa type. Despite this, expats living in Auckland recommend those moving to the city consider attaining private health insurance.

‘Fun fact’ about Auckland
In Auckland, like the rest of New Zealand, rugby is considered like a religion. And the ONLY team to support is the All Blacks.

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