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Auckland Information

Auckland is a very cosmopolitan city with a diverse range of people, shops, and cultures all living happily together.
Auckland City Council

Auckland City Council
Civic Bldg 1 Greys Ave, Auckland 1010 ‎
09-379 2020 ‎ · aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Cost of living
You will need approx NZ$10,000 to NZ $12,000 for general Auckland living costs per year. These living costs include accommodation. Below are some example's of what some items cost in New Zealand.

  • Textbooks: $50 (approx) each
  • MacDonalds Combo $5.95
  • Movie Tickets $15.00
  • Coca Cola per can $1.20
  • Music CD $30.00
  • Levis Jeans $150.00
  • Coffee (cappuccino, latte) $4.00
  • Supermarket per week $50.00

Auckland is a cosmopolitan city with a wide variety of restaurants serving food from all over the world. There are also many Asian supermarkets where ingredients are readily available.
International students are able to work 20 hours per week.
Mean temperatures (Degrees Celsius)
Auckland: Summer 20 to 25 degrees, Winter 10 to 14 degrees.
Auckland has a very healthy comfortable climate, although some students feel cold when they first arrive they do soon get used to the fresh, clean environment.
Click here for today's weather in Auckland.
Spring: September to November
Summer: December to February
Autumn: March to May
Winter: June to August

Things you need to know:
Banking and travellers cheques
Trading bank hours are 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Although many shopping malls have banks situated within the mall so banking can be done 7 days a week. Travellers cheques can also be cashed at bureau de change, hotels and some shops.
Business and shop hours
Offices and businesses are usually open from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Shop hours vary. Most are open 9am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday with a late night either Thursday or Friday, and 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. Although shopping Malls are open 7 days a week. So it is easy to shop in New Zealand 7 days a week. ICA is directly opposite a shopping Mall.
Reciprocal driving rights exist between New Zealand and most countries. Many rental car companies will ask for an International Driver's Licence and the driver must be over 21 years of age.
Medical facilities
Health insurance for visitors to NZ is strongly recommended, as medical services are not free to them. Pharmacies can give advice on minor medical problems and a range of drugs are available without prescription. Please be aware that all international student's must have medical insurance.
Postal services
Post offices are open during business hours and closed at weekends, however stamps can also be bought at many stationers and dairies and post boxes are easily found.
Public telephones use phone cards, which can be bought at many shops, dairies and gas stations. New Zealand's international access code is 64.
Tipping and service charges
Tips or gratuities are not routinely expected, however many people tip to show their appreciation for extra service or kindness.
Visitor Information
Information and service is available throughout Auckland at Visitor Information Network offices. Here experienced staff can provide reliable information ranging from transportation and accommodation to local attractions and activities.