What to Expect

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand (or Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand) is situated in the South Pacific Ocean, 2,000 kilometres south-east of Australia. It has a total land area of 269,680 square kilometres. The capital is Wellington and the largest city is Auckland. The population of New Zealand is about 4.4 million. New Zealand is an increasingly multicultural society.

AUCKLAND

Auckland has a population of about 1.5 million people and is a great study destination. The city is surrounded by two harbours and is called ‘The City of Sails’. There are museums, festivals, markets, lots of cafes, restaurants and shops. Central Auckland is easily accessible by train or bus from Green Bay.

ABOUT WEST AUCKLAND

Our school is located in Green Bay, a suburb of West Auckland, approximately 17km west of Auckland City and 25 minutes’ drive from Auckland’s International Airport. Green Bay offers a safe, friendly environment for you to learn and experience New Zealand culture. Titirangi is our nearest village and is well known for its art gallery, theatre and monthly market. The Waitakere ranges are on our doorstep with plenty of opportunity for hiking and visiting the wild west coast beaches. There are also local tennis and squash courts and a golf course right next door to school.

CLIMATE

The warmest months in Auckland are December, January and February, and the coldest June, July and August. The weather can be changeable, therefore it is important to be prepared for whatever weather may come. Summer Average Temperature: Low: 12 C High: 24 C In summer a light jacket or sweater is useful if the weather turns cooler. It is also advisable to use sunblock and wear a hat during the summer months. Winter Average Temperature: Low 9C High: 15 C . Although this doesn’t sound that cold many students feel the cold more here than in their home countries as not many homes here have central heating. In winter you will need warmer clothing. A small compact umbrella can easily be kept in a backpack so that you are prepared for our wetter months.

BANKING

New Zealand has a very modern banking system and almost everybody has a bank account. It’s the safest, most convenient way to manage money. Accessing your money – when you have opened your account you will be given an account number. With this account number you are able to make deposits (including international payments) and withdrawals immediately. You will also be sent in the mail an ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) card. ATMs, also known as cashpoint machines, money machines or ‘holes in the wall’, allow you to withdraw money 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are widely available throughout New Zealand.

SHOPPING / RECREATION

Green Bay has a small collection of shops, including postal services, supermarket, bakery and pharmacy. Titirangi village is just up the hill with some lovely cafes and its own theatre and art gallery. Lynn Mall and St Lukes are 2 convenient shopping malls easily accessible by bus. Also located at these Malls are movie theatres. The cost of a movie ticket is NZ$12 – $17.00. A big-mac combo at McDonalds is $12.30. There are gyms close to Green Bay that students can join.

TRANSPORT

International students usually live within walking distance to school but sometimes come by bus. The school bus is $1 each way. The best way for you to travel independently around Auckland City is by train or bus. The bus or train fare to Auckland City from Green Bay is approximately $3.00 each way. You will be given a Student ID card which will allow train and bus travel at student prices and will also give cheaper entry into some places. You must always travel in a car with an approved driver who has a full licence gained in New Zealand.

Other useful information can be found on this living in nz link.

VIDEOS

What you will learn in NZ

Welcome to NZ

School Life in Auckland