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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • Auckland Lantern Festival Fisherman
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    How to Make the Most out of your Rates

    It feels that Auckland’s rates are constantly increasing and you’re not wrong – in June 2018, Auckland rates increased on an average of around 2.5%. Auckland rate payers frequently asking just where are my rates going?! What are we getting for our rates? Who is benefiting?

  • Auckland Rainy Day Skytower Puddle Reflection
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    What to do on rainy days in Auckland?

    There is debate as to whether Crowded House’s “Four Season’s is One Day” was written with Auckland or Melbourne in mind but we are pretty sure it was Auckland. No matter the time of year or day, rain in Auckland is as sure as time itself. Sometimes a passing shower,…