When visitors leave Auckland, all they can usually talk about is the stunning scenery, the brilliant adventure, the friendly locals and the diverse culture. Indeed, Auckland is New Zealand's largest and most cosmopolitan city, attracting a flood of tourists every year. But why be a tourist when you can live the experience? Over 50,000 students choose to study in Auckland every year. In this article, we'll look at eight reasons why you should choose Auckland as a study destination, from its academic standards to its jet boat harbour adventures.
1. The highest academic standards
As far as academic standards go, Auckland is at the cream of the crop in New Zealand. It boasts Massey University -- the largest educational and research institution in the country; the University of Auckland -- the number one ranked research university in the country; and AUT University, yet another university with international recognition and success.
2. Awesome lifestyle
The institutions are one thing, but international students are looking for a great lifestyle as much as anything else. Situated in the north of New Zealand, Auckland's climate is temperate, surrounded by picturesque forests and waters. There's plenty to see and explore -- and that's not even mentioning the stunning CBD, with its perfect harbourside location.
3. It's a student city
A lot of travellers are looking for a "student city" -- somewhere where they can feel free to express themselves as only young, educated people can. Auckland is indeed an example of such a city, with over 50,000 international students arriving every year -- not to mention the even larger number of local students. There's a real buzz about student living in Auckland.
4. Safe as can be
Travelling to another country can be a daunting experience, so it's important to know that the city you're going to be calling home is safe. Auckland is indeed one of the safest "big cities" in the world, with low pollution to boot. No crime, no smog -- just golden beaches, crisp air and friendly folks all around.
5. Diverse culture
As we've already mentioned, Auckland is one of the most cosmopolitan cities not only in New Zealand, but indeed in the world. It's a melting pot of varying cultures and nationalities who have come together to call Auckland home -- not to mention containing a strong contingent of Maori, New Zealand's indigenous people. This cultural mix is reflected in the cuisine of the city, with restaurant hotspots such as the Viaduct Basin and Ponsonby Road boasting a huge range of choices for foodies… or just for the hungry!
6. It's an adventure
Your time studying abroad should be an adventure, and what better way than to experience some of the adventure activities that Auckland is renowned for. You can climb the SkyTower, for example, and bungee jump off with the Southern Hemisphere's tallest building with SkyJump. Or, you could hop on a super-charged NZ jet boat and tear up Auckland's Waitemata Harbour while your driver performs tricks that will get your heart racing. All this and much more makes Auckland one heck of an adventure destination.