University of Auckland
Auckland has repeatedly been voted several times as one of the top 10 cities to live in the world. The city is beautiful and especially if sailing is close to your heart then Auckland, also known as the City of Sails, just might be the perfect place for you.
Auckland has a bustling business district, inner city beaches, lush parks, a great waterfront and world-class entertainment centres which provide you the occasionally needed distraction from your studies. Auckland offers multicultural theatre and cuisine experiences, interesting history and a great harbour city atmosphere. The Auckland metropolitan area inhabits more than 1,3 million people but nature is always close. Just take a ferry to Waiheke Island and explore some 30 vineyards, travel to Waitemata Harbour, “sparkling waters”, where you find surf beaches and natural hot springs.
Auckland has plenty to offer students. Sure, it is not the ultimate party city, however, you will never be bored. In addition to the many events and happenings organized at the campus you will be entertained by outdoor movies in the parks, hustle and bustle in the markets, the excitement of food and wine festivals and open-air-concerts.
In Auckland there is also an array of annual events that will keep you busy, if you wish so: tennis tournaments, regatta, international comedy festival, national dragon boat festival, and many more. And because Auckland is home to many ethnic and national groups, you also get to participate also for example the Chinese new year lantern festival and Indian Diwali celebrations.
Between all the organized action in the city, you can always hike a volcano! Trek up Mount Eden (for free!) to admire the amazing view overlooking the entire city of Auckland. New Zealand offer amazing experiences for anyone who enjoys nature and Auckland is no exception. Do some research and you are sure to find some gorgeous landscapes. The Hillary Trail is just one option…
Other activity options include relaxed beach life – just hop on a bus downtown and you’ll able to immerse your toes into the sand in almost no time! A good starting point to the local beach life is Mission Bay and its numerous restaurants and bars.
Or venture out of the city and head to Coromandel Peninsula for a long weekend: soak at Hot Water Beach or camp and catch oysters at Port Jackson camping site.
Do you already have an ISIC card? If not you should get one. ISIC is the only internationally recognized student identification and it gets you loads of student benefits and discounts all around the world – naturally also in New Zealand and Auckland. With your ISIC card your student budget lasts a little bit longer and further and you just might be inspired to try out some new things!
Your ISIC card will give you student discounts at tons of restaurants and bars, several museum entrances and even skydiving photos – that is if you dare to venture up in the skies first. You can read more and buy your ISIC card.
The climate in Auckland is temperate: it is hot and humid in summer, and cool and damp in winter.
In Auckland you’ll get mild winters and warm summers. The warmest temperatures of the year fall on the months of January and February when the average daily maximum is around 24 °C. The coolest months are June, July and August when the average daily maximum ranges between 15 and 16°C and average daily minimums around 7-8°C.
Auckland has more sunny days than for example Christchurch and Wellington further south in New Zealand, but the city also gets more rain than the other two do. The sun is “stronger” in New Zealand than in Europe so make sure to protect your skin from the UV rays.
Want to explore the city and the rest of New Zealand on wheels? Take off on a weekend trip or embark on a longer road trip during one of the university holidays. KILROY has got you covered! Ask about cars and campervans, we’re happy to tell you more and explain your options. Just contact us and let’s get the planning rolling!