30 Things I Have Learned about Living in Auckland

I can’t quite believe it, but I’ve been living in Auckland for almost an entire month! What? How did that go by so quickly? I’m looking at a little over two weeks and then I’m officially on my mid-semester break. I’m planning on heading back to my parent’s place so I can binge eat chocolate, play on the beach and annoy the hell out of my little sister 😉 That’s what family is for, right?

When I first moved here, I was very doubtful that I would like this place at all. It is insanely different to Hamilton, I had an incredibly small friend group and I was starting a new college. It was (and still is) a lot to take on board. I do have a bit of a confession to make: I’m not actually living in Auckland City, but an area on the other side of the harbour bridge. It’s still a pretty neat place and I’ve found that what I’ve learned can translate across to most parts of Auckland.

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  1. People always have somewhere to go. No one wanders around like they have all the time in the world. They power walk like their life depends on it and they will walk through you if you don’t get the hell out of their way.
  2. Rush hour is real.
  3. Drivers are just as bad as you think they are. I really have no words for the amount of stupid things I have witnessed while driving around the city.
  4. It is easy to spend money.
  5. Most people know how to make a good flat white which may or may not be why it is so easy to spend money.
  6. There are events happening all the time. It’s just a matter of finding one that tickles your fancy.
  7. Boy racers are annoying.
  8. Rush hour can get so bad that you’re compelled to drive on the wrong side of the road.
  9. I suck at parallel parking.
  10. Massey is way more “hands on” than I’m used to. Lecturers actually expect us to participate in class, say what?
  11. This city is huge.
  12. …And has way too many traffic lights.
  13. Aucklanders are a lot nicer than I thought they would be. (Sorry for stereotyping).
  14. …But the mean and/or rude people are incredibly so.
  15. I love foreigners, but wow, there are just so many.
  16. Shopping malls are probably my least favourite place.
  17. Parking is always horrible, especially for those of us who avoid parallel parking like the plague.
  18. Wine makes it better.
  19. A lot of wine.
  20. The beaches are pretty.
  21. …But not as good as my one back home.
  22. Meeting new people is intimidating.
  23. Finding a flat is impossible.
  24. I can hear a baby crying from four houses away. Crying would probably be an understatement. It sounds like WWIII is going down in that house.
  25. Exploring is fun.
  26. …But sometimes it’s good to go home for the weekend.
  27. The internet is great. Really.
  28. Lectures that begin at 9am are horrible no matter where you live.
  29. I can’t quite grasp public transport.
  30. I think I’m starting to like this place.

24 thoughts on “30 Things I Have Learned about Living in Auckland

  1. Congrats girl!! More power to you for taking the plunge. Six months here and I’m finally get the hang of it but fully understand what you’re going through. On your side of the bridge too so tweet me if you wanna grab coffee 🙂


  2. Welcome to Auckland! You gotta learn how to parallel park though! I taught one of my friends in the subdivisions around Albany, and practice makes perfect. Like Sara (businessbestfriend) I’m on the shore too, it’s a great place.


  3. Awww, welcome to the big cities where everyone is just always on the go and places get so crowded, you start hating people…

    Hahaha, ughhhh, you’re making me want to drop everything and max out my credit card and head over to NZ right now!


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