Moving to Auckland, New Zealand

If you’re moving to Auckland to work at AUT (or if you’re overseas and considering living in New Zealand), this information will help you find answers on topics from facts and figures about the country to immigration and work visa details, as well as advice around housing, health, education and tourism.

A diverse and peaceful nation

AUT is located in the lively centre of Auckland, New Zealand’s economic hub and biggest city. Auckland is vibrant and busy, but with clean air and beaches, easy travel and friendly people.

Auckland’s 1.5 million population includes a dynamic mix of Māori, European, Pacific Island and Asian cultures. The country’s total population is 4.5 million.

New Zealand is a stable, English-speaking democracy. It’s also one of the most peaceful nations in the world according to the Global Peace Index, and one of the best countries to live in.

Auckland NZ website

Work visas and immigration

You will need a work visa to work in New Zealand unless you’re a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident. Check the New Zealand Immigration website for official government information.

AUT is an accredited employer with Immigration New Zealand. This means we may be able to help fast-track your visa application if you get an employment offer from us and you meet immigration requirements and skill shortage criteria.

New Zealand Immigration website

Living in New Zealand

If you're moving from overseas to New Zealand, the government website New Zealand Now gives you information about moving, living and settling here. You’ll find advice around money, education, housing, recreation, healthcare and more.

New Zealand Now website

Sky Tower
Auckland’s landmark Sky Tower stands in the distance behind yachts at the marina.
auckland city
Views out over Auckland City, with the North Shore in the background.
auckland beach
Rangitoto Island framed by pōhutukawa trees at one of Auckland’s many beaches.
aucklands west coast
Piha, west of Auckland, is famous for its black sand beaches and great surf.

Relocation expenses: help moving to Auckland

For eligible positions, you may get a contribution towards relocation expenses. You should discuss this with your AUT recruitment consultant.