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Auckland has 47 volcanic peaks, twin harbours and bush clad hills. It is NZ’s largest city, principal port and airline terminal.
Sprawling over 1094 sq km, Auckland incorporates nine cities and houses over 1.4 million people – a third of all New Zealanders.
There are only 3 cities in the world that have their country’s population concentrations greater than Auckland: Athens, Buenos Aires and Mexico City. Auckland is engulfed by two magnificent harbours only 11km apart and is endorsed as the City of Sails.
Auckland is the most cosmopolitan city with over 30% born overseas.
The population is expected to rise 40% in the next decade. Currently, there are many roading and arterial upgrades and installations in progress, to cater for the additional cars.
Auckland has the country’s most expensive housing with an average price of NZ$825,000 (US$586,988), followed by Central Otago Lakes, with an average price of NZ$694,500 (US$494,137) and Wellington, with an average price of NZ$480,000 (US$341,520). In contrast, Southland has the cheapest housing, with an average price of just NZ$200,000 (US$142,300).Auckland has the highest proportion of homeowners with mortgages. Residents pay the highest median rent and purchase price in the country.
Auckland is now the fourth least affordable city in the world behind only Hong kong, Sydney and Vancouver. House prices have risen 24% in 2015 alone according to the QV house Price Index 2017.
For four years in a row in 2016 Mercer rated Auckland as the third most popular city to live in, with Vienna and Zurich before Auckland.