Auckland, New Zealand

New Zealand is a modern country with a rich heritage that is strongly influenced by the indigenous Maori culture, the past British colony and its recent migrants, mainly from the Pacific Islands and Asia.

Located in the South Pacific Ocean about 2,200km east of Australia, New Zealand is made up of two main islands known as North and South Islands.

New Zealand is a place of rugged, natural beauty ranging from white sandy beaches and pristine marine reserves to Native sub-tropical forests, active and dormant volcanoes and majestic mountain ranges. The geography of New Zealand means you don’t have to go far to get to these spots, making it a paradise for travellers and adventurers.

For those who stay here, short or long term, New Zealand is a safe and friendly environment to live in.



With a population of around 1.4 million, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and the country’s economic hub. Auckland is currently ranked 3rd in the world for quality of living accordingly to Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey.

It is New Zealand’s most multicultural region and reflects the colourful and vibrant cultures of its people.

In addition to being surrounded by beaches, islands and native bush, Auckland has great cafes, restaurants, museums and galleries – so there is always plenty to do, see and explore.


Useful websites


Auckland is a very popular destination for students, workers and families and accommodation can be expensive!  You should expect to pay $350-$700 per week for a three-bedroom home OR $150-$300 per room per week in a shared flat. Private board is also available for around $150-$300 per week.

Unfortunately Carey is not in the position to assist students to find accommodation in Auckland and International students must make their own arrangements to find accommodation. (We do have some very limited student accommodation available off-site; however, you must contact us for information on its availability as it is normally fully booked).

On the Carey notice board there are often notices advertising houses to rent, or flatmates wanted.  (Please note that this accommodation will NOT be assessed by Carey Baptist College, and it is your responsibility to ensure the suitability of the accommodation.) Ask our friendly support staff to guide you to where this is.

These websites are a useful source to find accommodation in Auckland: – Christian flats/houses to rent and flatmates accommodation

We suggest you arrive in Auckland at least two weeks before classes start to find suitable accommodation.

The New Zealand Government Department of Building and Housing website has useful information on residential tenancies. See

Please note that you are required to notify Carey of your residential address as well as the type of accommodation you are living in (eg house, flat, boarding).  If these details change you must also immediately notify us as it is important that we have your up-to-date contact details.