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Pros and Cons of Living in Auckland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 08, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in Auckland, New Zealand include its vibrant culture, stunning natural beauty, and excellent job opportunities. The city is also home to a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, and entertainment venues. Additionally, Auckland is a great place to raise a family, with excellent schools and plenty of outdoor activities. On the other hand, the cost of living in Auckland can be quite high, and the city can be quite crowded at times. Additionally, the weather can be unpredictable, with frequent rain and wind.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Auckland?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Auckland responded:

"Expats and digital nomads living in Auckland, often appreciate the city's stunning natural beauty, with its picturesque beaches, lush parks, and volcanic cones. They also enjoy the mild climate, which allows for various outdoor activities throughout the year. Auckland's diverse and multicultural population is another attractive feature, offering a wide range of international cuisines and cultural events. The city is known for its friendly and welcoming locals, making it easy for expats to feel at home and make new friends. Auckland's high quality of life, including excellent healthcare and education systems, is another aspect that expats and digital nomads appreciate. The city is relatively safe, with low crime rates, and offers a good work-life balance. Additionally, its location in the Asia-Pacific region makes it a convenient base for exploring nearby countries and destinations. However, there are some downsides to living in Auckland. One of the main concerns for expats and digital nomads is the high cost of living, particularly when it comes to housing. Rent and property prices in Auckland can be quite steep, making it challenging for some to find affordable accommodation. The city's public transportation system is also considered to be less than ideal, with limited coverage and reliability, leading to traffic congestion and long commutes for many residents. Another issue that expats and digital nomads may face is the relatively small job market, which can make it difficult to find well-paying jobs or freelance opportunities, especially for those in niche industries. Some may also find the city's pace of life to be too slow or quiet, particularly if they are used to living in larger, more bustling cities. In summary, while Auckland offers a high quality of life, beautiful surroundings, and a friendly atmosphere, the high cost of living, limited public transportation, and smaller job market may be challenging for some expats and digital nomads," remarked one expat in Auckland.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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