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Student flights from the UK to Auckland
Auckland is one of New Zealand’s largest cities, centered between two harbours on the North Island. It’s also home to New Zealand’s busiest international airport, making it a great place to start your New Zealand adventure, as many flights from the UK land in Auckland first. Auckland’s a really unique city, with a great blend of both city life, skyscrapers and shopping and nature, parks and adventure. Go bungee jumping off the thousand-foot-tall SkyTower in downtown Auckland, hike to waterfalls and swimming holes just outside of the city, visit waterfront cafes across the city and visit Auckland Domain, the oldest park in the city centered around an extinct volcano.
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What are the main Auckland airports, and how do I get from them to central Auckland?
The Auckland International Airport (AKL) is the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand, with the vast majority of international flights from the UK arriving in Auckland first.
Auckland Airport / AKL: The Auckland Airport is located about 25 minutes from Auckland CBD (Central Business District), although if you’re staying outside of the city centre, your hotel or accommodation may be a bit closer or further. Once you land, you can pick up a rental car and head out on your own or take an Uber/taxi—the quickest but most expensive option (about £40-60 NZD, so £20-30). The SkyBus is a cheaper alternative that takes about an hour to get downtown but only costs £18 (£9.50). You can also take public transit—the cheapest option of all!—by taking bus 380 from the airport to Papatoetoe Train Station and then catching a train from there into downtown.
When is the cheapest time to book a flight from the UK to Auckland?
Prices based on bookings made 60-91 days prior to departure.
Auckland universities and campuses
Auckland—and New Zealand in general—is a great place to study abroad. Whether you enroll directly in the university or go through a study exchange programme, there’s plenty of options. The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology are two of the most popular and highly-ranked universities in New Zealand. Even better, the incredible adventures and landscapes, affordable cost of living and friendly locals mean you’ll be feeling at home in no time. Check with your home university to see what New Zealand study abroad options might be easily available to you.
Auckland lifestyle and culture
Auckland is a big city that may feel fast-paced (if you’re from a small town) or a bit more relaxed (if you’re from a big city like London). The good news is, there’s always something to do in Auckland and the food and coffee scenes are fantastic. Most locals like to get out and explore on the weekend. In general, many New Zealanders find work-life balance really important, so you’ll have plenty of chances to get out, explore and enjoy all the nature surrounding you!
Exploring Auckland on a student budget
Auckland is one of the more expensive places in New Zealand to live, but it’s still pretty easy to explore on a student budget, thankfully! The exchange rate is also in your favor, since the pound is stronger than the New Zealand dollar. Of course, all the nearby nature is free to explore, whether you want to indulge in a beach day, climb a volcano or hike to some waterfalls. Within the city, you’ll find restaurants and cafes that cater to any budget and plenty of free activities, like visiting the Auckland Botanic Gardens, strolling through the CBD, or window-shopping in the markets.