Life in Auckland Overview.

Our campus is located in the centre of Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand with a population of over one million people. It is the centre of commerce and industry and is a vibrant, bustling and multicultural city.


Volcanic hills, twin harbours, bays, beaches and islands dominate the city landscape. Its nickname “City of Sails” is very apt. Auckland has more boats per capita than anywhere else in the world and has twice hosted the America’s Cup in and around the popular Viaduct Harbour.

Living in Auckland you’ll be part of New Zealand’s largest commercial hub, with myriad opportunities for work experience and future positions with some of this country’s leading businesses.

Auckland has numerous transport options. Investigate the cost and convenience
of each option to find the most effective transport for your needs.

Transport in Auckland.


Buses are cheap, frequent and convenient. There are bus routes from almost every suburb to the central city. Bus lanes mean that catching a bus is often a quicker option than driving, especially during peak traffic hours.

For information about bus services, pricing, passes, and timetables visit the Auckland Transport website.

Discounts AT Tertiary ID Stickers allow you to get up to 40% off travel. If you’re enrolled fulltime, bring your Student ID card to get your AT Tertiary ID Sticker from the Go! Ticket Office in the City Campus quad. To find out more, visit the Auckland Transport website.

City Campus Go! Ticket Office The Go! Ticket Office in the City Campus Quad sells tickets and passes for most of the major bus companies.To see a list of bus ticket agents, visit the Auckland Transport website.

Tāmaki bus service The University offers intercampus bus services for both students and staff of the University that run between the City and Tāmaki campuses. See Tāmaki bus service.


Trains are a cheap and quick way to get into the city from the southern or western suburbs of Auckland. Trains run from Britomart to Glen Innes station (within walking distance of the Tamaki campus) on a regular basis.

For full details of train services, visit the Auckland Transport website.


Auckland ferry services connect the central city to the North Shore and Eastern Bays. Ferries also travel to the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, such as Waiheke and Rangitoto.

It takes about 15 minutes to walk up the hill from the downtown ferry terminal in Quay Street to the City Campus. You can also catch a bus from Britomart or the bottom of Queen Street to the City Campus.

Fullers ferry service Fullers is the main operator of passenger ferry services in Auckland harbour. Fullers also runs ferry cruises and tourist trips, which are a great way to see Auckland from the sea.To find out more, visit the Fullers website.

Things to do in Auckland.

From nature walks to free outdoor movies, eating at a cafe by the waterfront, or attending a cultural festival like the Chinese Lantern Festival or Pasifika, there is always something to do in Auckland. For ideas on what to do in Auckland and information about nature walks, beaches, events, eateries and activities, visit the Auckland NZ Official Tourism and Travel Guide.

Weekends away.

Get out of Auckland for the weekend and experience the many delights that the North Island has to offer. The following regions are a two to four hour drive from the city; visit their tourism websites for more information.

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