With a population of about 1.6 million, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city.
Whether you’re looking for arts and culture, nightlife, or hiking and water sports, Auckland offers something for everyone.
Living in Auckland as a student
Auckland is a popular destination for international students and has 10 English New Zealand schools offering a variety of programmes from General English and exam preparation to Business English and internship programmes.
If you’re improving your English before going on to further study, our schools offer pathways to some excellent Auckland high schools and tertiary institutions.
At the beginning of your stay in Auckland, you might choose to live with a homestay family or at a student residence. When you get to know the city better, you could move into a share house with friends.
What to do in Auckland
The fantastic activities programmes at our English language schools will help you to make friends and practise your English while having lots of fun!
See stunning views of Auckland city and the Viaduct Harbour from the top of the Sky Tower, experience nightlife on the waterfront in the Wynyard Quarter, or relax on one of Auckland’s beautiful beaches.
If you like wildlife, you can visit Auckland Zoo or the Sealife Aquarium, or check out some culture and history at the Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Auckland Art Gallery
Eating and drinking in Auckland
As a major tourist destination, Auckland has a huge range of food options for all tastes and budgets, from cocktails at a rooftop bar on the waterfront to classic Kiwi fish and chips on the beach at Mission Bay.
For a special occasion, try one of the restaurants in the downtown Britomart Precinct, such as the award-winning Amano or popular Vietnamese restaurant, Café Hanoi.
If you can’t decide where to eat, book an Aucky Walky food tour and spend three hours walking around Auckland while trying food from a variety of delicious cafes and restaurants.
Venues, facilities and events in Auckland
Auckland is a great venue for concerts, sports events, and different types of cultural, music, arts, and film festivals.
Watch traditional dance performances at the world’s largest Pasifika festival, or go to the Diwali Festival of Lights for a beautiful celebration of Indian culture.
Spark Arena hosts many international singers and bands – Beyoncé even did a bungy jump from the Sky Tower while she was here!
Sports fans can watch the All Blacks rugby team perform the haka at Eden Park.
What to see and do in the Auckland region
The Auckland region is known for its impressive beaches and warm climate. Spend your weekends exploring the wild beauty of Piha Beach or take a day trip to visit the famous Matakana Farmers Market.
Catch the ferry to Waiheke Island for delicious food and wine, or kayak to Rangitoto Island and walk to the top for amazing views of Auckland Harbour.
Try indoor skiing or snowboarding just 20 minutes from Auckland at Snowplanet – even in the middle of summer!
Why learn English in Auckland?
Choose Auckland if you want to learn English in a vibrant, multicultural city with endless options for entertainment and sightseeing.