Auckland, New Zealand, is a cosmopolitan city, famous for quality living, declared as one of the most liveable cities in the world. The city is a big economic hub that has golden beaches and incredibly friendly people. Universities in Auckland have excellent research facilities, high quality teaching staff, world-class innovative facilities, and adapt their teaching style and standards according to the future work force needs. Auckland is a city in the North Island of New Zealand, the largest and most populous urban area in the country.
Auckland has a pretty diverse and certainly a growing local economy, having as major sectors: manufacturing, health, hospitality, food and beverage, construction, engineering, and business services, such as legal and accounting, management services and marketing.
Auckland is home to world-leading, innovative companies and multinationals in the ICT sector. Numerous companies that started in Auckland have gained global recognition, including Mako Networks, Konnect Net, Booktrack, Vend, Wynyard Group, Endace and TranscribeMe. Other multinationals with local offices include: Microsoft, Alcatel Lucent, IBM, Cisco, SAP, Dell, Fonterra, Air New Zealand, ANZ National Bank, KPMG, and Gameloft.
As for internship opportunities, students will find a wide range of options in various fields, especially since local universities encourage these kind of activities, as part of the future graduate high employability rate strategy.
Auckland is not the kind of place you would get bored while living here, as the city has a little something for everyone, indulging all tastes.
Main attractions include:
Check out the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, performing concerts and accompanying opera and ballet.
Walk through Ponsonby, the main street in Auckland known for arts, cafes, culture and historic villas, and Aotea Square – the hub of downtown Auckland. Enjoy promenades in Auckland’s parks: Auckland Domain, Albert Park, Myers Park, Western Park and Victoria Park.
Since Auckland is the only city in the world built on a basaltic volcanic field that is still active, you should take trips to see Maungawhau / Mount Eden, Takarunga/Mount Victoria or Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill and their volcanic cones.
One of Auckland's nicknames, the "City of Sails", is derived from the popularity of sailing here. The Waitemata Harbour has several popular swimming beaches, including Mission Bay, Kohimarama, Devonport, and Takapuna.
Auckland is abundant in bars and restaurants including live music venues. Federal Street and Vulcan Lane both have a great selection of bars and restaurants.
Auckland is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, and the most cosmopolitan in New Zealand, embracing and welcoming people coming from all over the globe. Almost 40 % of the population is born overseas and Auckland is home to the largest Polynesian population worldwide. Other significant minorities are: British, Irish, Maori, Pacific Islanders, Chinese, Indians and people from South Africa.
Auckland experiences warm, humid summers and mild winters. Auckland is the warmest main centre of New Zealand and also one of the sunniest. High levels of rainfall occur almost year-round, but snowfall is very rare. Temperatures during the day range from around 15 °C (59° F) from June to August to around 22-24 °C (71-74° F) from December to March, so basically what you would call “winter season” it is actually summer in Auckland.
Since its founding in 1883, the University of Auckland has grown to become New Zealand's flagship, research-led university, known for the excellence of its teaching, its research, and its service to local, national and international communities.