Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city with a population of about 1.6 million. It’s a popular destination for international students and has 11 English New Zealand schools to choose from.
Some only teach English to international students and others teach English plus other courses such as diplomas and degrees. Several offer academic English courses that pathway into university programmes.
Living in Auckland as a student
There are various accommodation options to choose from and public transport (bus or train) is the most common way to get to class each day.
At the beginning of your stay in Auckland, you might live with a homestay family or at a student residence. After you know the city better you could move into a shared house with friends, which is a popular choice for Auckland English language students.
If you’re improving your English before going on to further study, you’ll find many excellent Auckland high schools and tertiary institutions offering a range of programmes that English New Zealand schools can prepare you for.
What to do in Auckland
Our English language schools have great activities programmes which will help you meet other people in your school, and sometimes from other schools, while practising your English and having fun.
A popular activity in Auckland is a trip to the top of the Sky Tower, where you’ll see amazing views of the entire area, from the city skyline to open ocean.
You can see major works of art at the Auckland Museum, take a Māori Culture Tour to learn more about New Zealand’s history and heritage, or do something very adventurous like bungy jumping from the Sky Tower.
There are so many different things to experience in your free time that it’s impossible to list them all!
Eating & drinking in Auckland
As a major tourist destination, there are a lot of cafes, food courts, restaurants and different varieties of food in Auckland.
Sharing food with friends at lunchtime or having dinner together is a great way to practise your English, share information about your culture and learn about other cultures. In summer, dining outside is a popular thing to do, especially down by the waterfront.
Venues, facilities & events in Auckland
Auckland is a great venue for concerts and different types of cultural, music, arts and film festivals. A lot of international singers and musicians perform in Auckland. Beyoncé even did a bungy jump from the Sky Tower while she was here!
What to see in the Auckland region
Weekends will give you time to explore the region more and enjoy some of the many day trips you can do around Auckland.
Rainbow’s End theme park, the year-round indoor snow resort, or the Auckland Zoo are great options.
You can also take a ferry boat ride to the nearby suburb of Devonport or one of the many surrounding islands like Waiheke or Rangitoto. Waiheke is known for its arts and crafts community and it’s also a fantastic place to go hiking or biking.
Why learn English in Auckland?
If this vibrant, multi-cultural city is your preferred destination, you’ll have a great time while you practise your English!