A lot of people in New Zealand give Auckland a lot of stick! It's a big noisy city with either not enough going on or too much. When you ask people where you should live on the North Island, people will tell you to move to Wellington. Now I liked Wellington but I found myself strangely drawn to Auckland. Now I've been here five months and I'll tell you why....
Maybe because this is the first 'proper' city I've lived in or maybe I'm secretly a city girl after all but I find Auckland beautiful. Walking to work in the morning I turn and find myself watching the sunrise over the sky tower and the surrounding buildings, it looks like a postcard. Spending a sunny day at the waterfront watching the boats go by or relaxing in Albert Park is my favourite thing to do. A twenty minute bus ride will take me to Mission Bay beach or Cromwell Park. Over the water I can see Rangitoto Island and Devonport. The Viaduct at night is the perfect place to watch the city light up an get a sense of the nightlife.
In Auckland I immediately found cafes and coffee shops I liked. There are places here that excite me like Allpress Coffee, Atomic roasters and Supreme. I can get great food from Greedy Guts, Remedy, Soul and Lord of the Fries plus many others. I can go to the local speakeasy and get deliciously crafted cocktails from Caretaker and Deadshot, or a refreshing craft beer from Brothers Beer.
Weather and Location
Auckland is a great base point if you have a car and want to travel. I've been here five months and still haven't seen even half of what the city has to offer. I've done two days trips out of a hundred. A short ferry ride will take you to Devonport, Rangitoto Island, Great Barrier Island, Goat Island or Waiheke Island. A short drive will take you to Piha Beach, KareKare or Taupo.