Auckland has the vibrancy of an international city with strong  business, cultural and recreational sectors, and represents all that is best in Maori and Pasifica cultures. The city has many striking physical features including its harbours, islands and volcanic cones and has a reputation as an events hub, so international students can enjoy a unique blend of food, cultural festivals, concerts, sports, plays and markets.


Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and was ranked the world’s most liveable city by Mercer’s 2017 Quality of Living Survey. The city boasts a unique culture and is fondly referred to as the City of Sails, because of numerous yachts, pleasure craft and marinas dotting its coastlines.

In addition, the population is made up of many cultures that add a vibrancy to the city’s lifestyle through their cuisine, music and art. It is also famous as an events hub, making it suitable for international students to enjoy the food, cultural festivities, concerts, sports, plays, and numerous craft markets. At the same time Auckland is a cosmopolitan city with a warm, temperate climate that international students will enjoy.

Auckland also presents a world of opportunities based on a mix of study options, outstanding lifestyles, and career opportunities. The London Based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), ranked Auckland as among the best cities in the world for international students. The survey considered education quality, student relations, coexistence and the quality of life. The high academic standards in Auckland are tailored to offer students an internationally accredited education that will provide them with the skills to compete successfully in any part of the world.

Auckland has more than 1.5 million people, almost a third of the country’s population. It is New Zealand’s financial capital and the exceptional growth it is currently experiencing has created a demand for skilled employees in a range of sectors.


Auckland weather is variable. It is mainly pleasant in summer, however, it can get very cool in winter with unpredictable rain. It is advisable to carry warm clothes and closed footwear.


Public transport is highly preferred due to low transport costs. In most cases travel costs fall between $40 and $200 per week, and therefore, students are encouraged to seek accommodation near the Institute to reduce travel expenses. Students are also advised to consult the Auckland Transport agency website for price changes.