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Student life and activities

 Wherever you go in Auckland, you’ll find something special – it’s a whole region waiting to be explored. The city centre’s world-class shopping, restaurants, bars and galleries are encircled by wine regions, stunning beaches, pristine sub-tropical rainforest and the magnificent Hauraki Gulf. Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and main transport hub. Make sure you stop and enjoy the shopping, dining and natural wonders Auckland has to offer.

Things to do

Being a multi-cultural city, Auckland offers a variety of opportunities for shopping, with world class events and unique museums, theatres and art galleries.


Auckland has plenty of green spaces, there are several parks in the city and Auckland Domain is the largest. Located very close to Queen Street, the Domain has ponds, quiet walkways and a beautiful glass house with plants from around the world. There are beaches all around Auckland, including Mission Bay, which is a short bus ride from the city centre, and throughout the North Shore. To the north of the city lies the beautiful region of Northland with white sandy beaches, waves and small seaside towns. To the east is Coromandel,  with pristine beaches. To the west lies the untamed rugged west coast and the Waitakere Ranges and to the south takes you towards Hobbiton, rolling farmland, snowy mountains and geothermal activity. All of these areas are very popular with holiday makers.


Auckland has a wide range of galleries and museums – you could easily go to a different exhibition every weekend. The Auckland Art Gallery has the most extensive national and international art collection in New Zealand and is very close to campus. The Auckland War Memorial Museum holds significant information about New Zealand’s natural, social, military, and cultural history. There is also a huge variety of festivals in Auckland every year. For more information, visit


The Civic Theatre on Queen Street is a great place to go to the theatre, and there is also an Event Cinema close by which shows the latest blockbuster movies. There is a huge range of live music events and international concerts in Auckland too. For more information, visit


There is always something to do in Auckland. Visit the Sky Tower for a bird’s eye view of the city, go shopping, go sailing, bungy jump off the Harbour Bridge, go horseback riding along the beach, catch the ferry to the beautiful Waiheke Island, or play golf. And if you like animals, a visit to the Auckland Zoo or Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium is a must.


From award-winning cuisine to takeaway fish ‘n’ chips, Auckland has a huge variety of different food options. Because it is such a multi-cultural city, there is an exciting variety of international flavours – something for every budget and every taste. To find out more about eating places near the campus, visit