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    How long from Auckland by car?

    All roads lead to Auckland, as the saying goes. Or was it Rome? Housing one-third of New Zealand’s population, Auckland is the unchallenged center of Kiwi urban lifestyle and the main business hub. People commute for up to 1 1/2 hours one-way each day from around the North Island to…

  • New Zealand Praying Mantis
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    Creepy Crawlies

    The cute, the bad and the visitors from hell. Like many people I am not a big fan of creepy crawlies – particularly the eight legged ones. Luckily New Zealand has been blessed by the absence of the really nasty ones. We got off lightly compared to Australia. Our big…

  • Busy Viaduct Harbour Square Auckland Central
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    Auckland vs European Squares

    Having lived on both sides of the globe, we understand what draws people in either direction. After a four-week-long trip to Europe, we were really glad to be back in Auckland. We missed the ocean, the beaches, the people (so much less people!), the waterfront, the regional parks, … in…

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    Auckland Anniversary 2019

    What is Auckland Anniversary? As you can probably tell from the title of our website – we love living in Auckland – especially with the weather we are having right now. We are guessing you do too and will even more so when we celebrate Auckland Anniversary Day with a…

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    Happy (belated) New Year 2019

    Happy (very belated) New Year. Long time no read, so to speak. Work, Christmas, family, travels, there many reasons that prevented us from writing new articles. With January almost over, we finally found some time to dedicate to our passion, Aucklife.

  • Auckland Sky Tower - Street Photography
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    Why is Auckland a Good Place to Live?

    I have to admit. I have started and stopped writing this article a number of times. Why is Auckland a good place to live? Some days I feel like there are a million reasons it is the greatest place on earth and other days I don’t understand why I am…

  • Auckland City Traffic - Street Photography
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    Auckland’s Transportation System

    Auckland’s Planes, Trains and Automobiles (and the ferry… and the bus, oh and bikes) Auckland isn’t exactly famous for its amazing public transport. With the fuel prices ever increasing and having moved to an area on a train link, I have started to use more public transport along with looking…

  • Newmarket Motorway Sunset - Street Photography Auckland
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    Making Newmarket New Again

    Why are so many stores in Newmarket empty? Well unless you’ve been living under a rock you’d know that Two Double Seven shut down to make way for a massive new Westfield which will include Auckland’s first David Jones store in its place.

  • Mangere Favona View from Mangere Mountain
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    Māori Language Week

    Last week we visited Bernie O’Donnell and Ellyce Mcleod at Radio Waatea at the Nga Whare Waatea Marae in Favona. With Māori language week – Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori – coming up, we thought it would be a good idea to ask the experts to help us with…

  • Tryphena Beach at Aotea Great Barrier Island
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    Aotea – Great Barrier Island

    We recently posted a daily photo of the Aotea / Great Barrier Island ferry prompting a reader to ask more about the island and we are (sort of) glad to share! And I say sort of as a sneaky part of us wants to continue to keep this local paradise…

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    Why is Auckland’s Traffic So Bad?

    Whether you have lived in Auckland your whole life, are visiting Auckland or are are new to town we are sure you have noticed that Auckland has a massive amount of traffic. Approximately 43,000 people moved to Auckland in the past 12 months which has also seen an increase in…

  • Auckland Public Avocado Orchard Tree Rows
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    Auckland’s Public Avocado Orchard

    The avocado seems to have made the news more frequently than any of piece of fruit or veg! Recently blamed as the single reason home ownership is out of reach for so many and an excellent source of fibre and mono saturated fats, the avocado can both give and take…