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A guide to living in Auckland

Ranked third most liveable city in the world by Mercer Quality of Living Survey 2018, Auckland is New Zealand's most celebrated student cities.

The world's largest Polynesian city, Auckland, is always buzzing with life. Ranked 23rd in Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Best Student Cities rankings 2018, it's a vibrant multicultural student hub. Famed as the City of Sails Auckland is popular for its isthmus location. Which means wherever you go, you will always be around some breath-taking waterfronts.

Studying in Auckland is no less than living an adventure, from immersing yourself in the splendid art galleries and museums to enjoying the exhilarating ventures, the city is bustling with a number of fun activities for people of all age groups.

Things to do

1. Enjoy the alluring beaches of Waiheke Island

Lock your semester breaks for a most fun-filled and thrilling time Waiheke Island. Whether you love the sea or the sky, you can enjoy the best of both worlds here. Waiheke Island is popular for adventurous activities like jet skiing, zip lining and kayaking. Moreover, you can sunbathe at the white sand beaches of Oneroa.

2. Visit Auckland’s Sky Tower

Ever wanted to dine in a restaurant which revolves 328-metres above the ground? Auckland's defining cityscape and one of the most popular landmarks of New Zealand, from the Sky Tower you can have a 360-degree view of the city.  

3. Shop till you drop at Queen street

Queen Street, a haven for all shopaholics, there's nothing you won't find here. From trendy boutiques to big designer brand outlets and from cosy romantic cafe's to bustling pubs, there's something for everyone. If you like to pamper yourself every now and then, you would love to witness this exuberant side of the city.

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