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10 reasons why Auckland is an amazing place to study

Posted on 24/01/2017 by

Imagine studying in a city like this? Auckland is one of the most livable cities in the world and is a great place for international students.

Thinking about moving to Auckland for your studies? Whether you’re from elsewhere in New Zealand or from overseas, you’ll love this beautiful, vibrant city and its friendly people.

Here’s 10 reasons why Auckland is an amazing place to study.

1. You’re never far away from a beautiful beach

Auckland is a harbour city, meaning you’re never far away from the sparkling ocean. Takapuna Beach (pictured) is just one of many beaches in the Auckland region (and is a short 10-15 minute drive from the CBD). Whether you like surf, harbour swims, black sand, white sand, pebbles, long beaches or short beaches, there’s a beach nearby to suit everyone!

2. You’ll never run out of delicious places to eat (the coffee’s great, too!)

Auckland’s food scene is pretty impressive, with everything from high-end restaurants (perfect for when mum and dad are visiting) to cheap and cheerful cafes and takeaway shops. You’ll find cuisine from all around the world, so you’ll never be homesick for your favourite meal. New Zealanders also love their coffee, so you won’t find a shortage of cute cafes to get your caffeine fix.

3. There’s always something fun happening

Love music, shows, movies and festivals? You’ll love Auckland. There’s always something fun happening in this city. The Civic Theatre (pictured) is a great spot to watch a musical or celebrity performance. A restored 1929 building, it’s beautiful on the inside and out.

4. Beautiful parks are everywhere (and there’s sometimes even baby lambs!) 

Stretch your legs in one of many lush green parks and reserves. New Zealand is famous for its beautiful green spaces and Auckland is no exception. Stroll through Albert Park in the CBD, enjoy a picnic in Auckland Domain or visit Cornwall Park in spring for a glimpse of gorgeous lambs.

5. The weather is pretty good (most of the time!)

Not too hot, not too cold – Auckland’s temperature is usually just right. With averages of 24 degrees in summer and 15 degrees in winter, it’s the kind of weather that means you can enjoy the outdoors all year round. Just remember to take an umbrella with you wherever you go (Auckland is famous for sporadic downpours and experiencing four seasons in one day).

6. The study options are fantastic

New Zealand may be a small country at the “bottom of the world”, but its tertiary study options are right up there with the best. If you want to improve your English, Languages International and Worldwide English School (both Quality English schools) can have you speaking like a local in no time. If you want to join New Zealand’s largest export industry, tourism, The International Travel College is a world-class industry trainer and can show you Auckland’s best tourism spots along the way. 

7. Auckland is a gateway to New Zealand

Want to explore the majestical scenery in the South Island, go bungy jumping in Rotorua or ride the slopes at one of many ski fields? As the country’s largest transport hub, Auckland is the perfect base from which to explore the rest of New Zealand. The airport has several flights around the country every day (many at cheap prices). You could choose from busses, trains, and boats. New Zealand is yours for exploring!

8. Your hiking shoes will finally get some good use

One of the best ways to explore Auckland is to take a walk. Lace up your hiking boots and choose from one of several hikes around the city. You can hike through the bush, along the coast, up a volcano, and much more. It’s a great way to get fit and see the best of Auckland. Just remember to pack plenty of snacks and water, some warm clothing, and to always tell a friend where you’re going.

9. You’ll meet people from all around the world

Auckland is an international, multicultural city. You’re bound to make friends from all over the world, especially if you study at the International Travel College (doesn’t our name say it all). Thanks to Auckland’s vibrant, diverse culture, there’s plenty of international events and festivals throughout the year, such as the Chinese Lantern Festival and Diwali celebrations.

10. You’ll make friends with some friendly Kiwis

No, we’re not talking about the flightless bird (they’re pretty shy!). ‘Kiwi’ is slang for ‘New Zealander’, and we’re a pretty friendly bunch. We’re also keen travellers and love exploring our beautiful country, and we’ll be more than happy to help you settle into your life in New Zealand. 

Ready to move to Auckland? Pack your bags – the International Travel College of New Zealand is enrolling now! Contact us to find out how you could call Auckland home in 2017.

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