The City of Sails
Due to Auckland's size we have an SSNZ office in its four regional wards. Visit the regional pages or contact the SSNZ co-ordinator directly.
Auckland is New Zealand’s largest urban centre. Even by international standards Auckland is large – at least in area. Auckland was formerly (1975–1995) one of the ten largest cities in the world based on its geographical boundaries.
The city still covers a very large physical area. For many years it was seen as more efficient to split the region into four distinct cities - Waitemata, Manukau, Auckland and the North Shore. This has recently been changed in order to promote a more efficient response to a rapidly growing need for region-wide infrastructure development.
The newly incorporated City of Auckland exerts a strong influence on both migrants and other New Zealanders. Over half the new arrivals to New Zealand settle here, and Kiwis from other parts of the country also come seeking work and the city lifestyle.
In 2011 Auckland city was rated 3rd best city in the world to live in by the Mercer Quality of Living Survey.
Auckland has the largest Polynesian centre in the world (in Manukau), and is known as the City of Sails because it has the most recreational boats per capita on the planet. Auckland is the home of New Zealand’s Americas Cup team, and the birthplace of many of our most internationally renowned sailors and boat designers.
In this wide region there are many lifestyle choices, and it can be easy to find just what you’re looking for here.
Because of the region’s diversity, size, and previous boundaries, we have an SSNZ office in each of the four former city areas. For more on each area and SSNZ contact details choose from the links provided.
The government also provides support for newcomers to create their own local networks.
To find out more, visit the Auckland Newcomers Network.
The Newcomers Network is supported by Settling In, an initiative of Family and Community Services (Ministry of Social Development).