Attractions in Auckland vary tremendously and depending on what you enjoy there is something for everyone to discover. Auckland is a vibrant energetic city that enjoys being nestled between two oceans – the Pacific and Tasman seas hence being referred to as the “City of Sails”. The nightlife and live theatre is in keeping with a cultural appetite as well as a desire to walk in nature and embrace the outdoor lifestyle. Explore the white sands of the east coast beaches and the wild unique black sands of the west surfing beaches. Many local and international festivals, exhibitions and performances will reflect this multicultural city that celebrates diversity.
Personal finance is often the first item to be sorted and understood. NZ has its own currency NZD which operates in both coins and notes. Check out currency values and exchange rates here http://www.newzealand.com/int/feature/new-zealand-currency/. It is a good idea to open a NZ bank account and be sure to ask for an international student package as most banks are set up for this. Techtorium will also guide you and support your decisions around banking choices. ATMs are readily available and accessible throughout Auckland.
Cost of living in the largest city in NZ is higher than townships and smaller cities but is less expensive than larger cities around the world. For example Auckland compared to New York City is 20% cheaper (2016, April). Retrieved from http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/rankings.jsp Here is a guide for expected average annual living costs you can budget for and include with your own personal living costs.
Description Weekly Annual (52 weeks)
Rent $150 $8000
Food $100 $5200
Power / Internet $20 $1000
Transport $40 $2080
Clothing $20 $1040
Laundry $7 $350
Entertainment $20 $1000
Insurance $12 $600
Total $370 $19000
Cost of commonly purchased items vary depending on where you buy them but here is a guide of the average price.
Big Mac $5.20
Large Pizza $5 – 15.00
Can of Coke $3.00
Pint of beer $8.00
Glass of wine $10 – 15.00
Movie ticket $17 for students | $19.50 for adults
Cell phone plan $30
Electrical items and power plugs is supplied at 230 volts, 50 hertz in NZ. Most power sockets accept three-pin plugs or similar adaptors. Internet is readily available through wifi and most public places and homes are connected.
Food and Grocery shopping is available from a range of supermarkets. Here are the brand logos in order of exclusivity and higher prices;
- New World, higher end supermarket. Available on Queen street, Victoria Park. online shopping available on some stores.
- Countdown Open 24 hours in Quay Street Auckland Central,
Until midnight on Victoria st, Williamson street, Richmond road. Until 10pm on Ponsonby Road. Online shopping available.
- PaknSave Open 8am – 10pm in suburbs surrounding Auckland Central
Shopping for household items such as small appliances, linen and other essentials you may need when you go flatting are available from a range of stores. Here are the brand logos in order of exclusivity and higher prices;
- Farmers Open 9am – 6pm Auckland Central
- Briscoes Open 9am – 5pm in suburbs surrounding Auckland
- Warehouse Open 8am – 6pm Newmarket and Auckland Central
- Kmart Open 8am – 00pm in St Lukes Westfield Mall and other locations.
Health and wellbeing is an important aspect while you are with us at Techtorium. Medical care can be accessed through Private Health Clinics, Accident and Emergency Clinics and many other providers that surround Auckland central. Symonds Street Medical Centre offer a full service of primary health care, check them out here http://www.ssmc.co.nz/ .If you are at all concerned about your health Techtorium’s pastoral team will provide support and guidance.