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  • Auckland Westhaven Marina Sunset - Aucklife Framed Photo Print
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    Why we think Auckland is better than Dunedin

    Auckland vs Dunedin It was New Zealand’s first city, thanks to the influx of people searching for gold in the 1860s, and Dunedin has long been a popular place to live due to its affordable housing, laid-back lifestyle, and the beauty of the wider Otago region. But we prefer to…

  • Busy Viaduct Harbour Square Auckland Central
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    Auckland Anniversary

    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…

  • Auckland Sky Tower - Street Photography
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    Five things produced in Auckland

    Here at Aucklife, we are huge fans of supporting New Zealand producers, and especially those located in our beautiful city. We thought we’d highlight five well-known products that we are proud are made right here in Auckland. Sistema storage containers One of Auckland’s biggest success stories, Sistema started with founder…

  • Auckland Torpedo Bay Devonport - Aucklife Framed Photo Print
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    Auckland vs Christchurch

    4 reasons why we love Auckland best Christchurch is the South Island’s largest city, and Auckland is the largest in the North Island. We both have a history of seismic unrest, and our weather can change at the drop of a hat – but here are four differences that we…

  • Heizo Teppanyaki Restaurant - Newmarket, Auckland
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    Best Teppanyaki Restaurant in Newmarket

    The first time I entered HEIZO and sat down I thought: Where am I? Am I still in Auckland? The decoration, the bamboo covered ceiling, the little figurines, the large iron griddle, the kitchenette in the corner, the tiny little counter … I was impressed with the amount of atmosphere…

  • Spring is coming - Street Photography Auckland
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    10 things to do in Auckland in spring

    It’s September and that means one thing: it’s spring time! Auckland is busy year round however spring is the time where we blink our way in to the sun after a few months of hibernation. Here are our top 10 free (ish) things to do in Auckland this spring. GET…

  • Mt Hobson - Newmarket View
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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…

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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…

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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…