12 Just arrived City of Sails Auckland is a great place to live and study, offering an exciting urban lifestyle alongside tranquil parks and beaches. With a population of about 1.6 million people, Auckland has a bustling city centre with many activities, from international concerts and sporting events, to cultural festivals and celebrations. Located between two beautiful harbours, there are dozens of beaches to enjoy within minutes of the central city. Venture further afield and you can explore the islands of the Hauraki Gulf or the wild west coast surf beaches. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure or a quiet morning coffee and browse in the local markets, there’s always something to do in Auckland. Check out these websites for all of the latest events and popular places to visit: • Visit Auckland • The Urban List • Heart of the City • Eventfinda • Our Auckland Getting around Auckland has an extensive public transport system that connects the city by bus, train, and ferry. The Auckland Transport website contains information on timetables and fares, as well as their convenient and affordable Link Bus services. To get around Auckland’s city centre and central suburbs, you can take the CityLink, InnerLink, or OuterLink buses which run on such a frequent basis that timetables are not required. If you are travelling from elsewhere in the city, you can catch a bus, train, or ferry to your destination. The Auckland Transport Journey Planner can help you easily find your way from one place to another. You can also download the AT Mobile app on your smart phone to plan and track your journey. You can purchase an Auckland Transport HOP Card for $10, which will be essential during your studies here. You simply scan your card as you get on or off your bus or train, and your fare will be deducted from your account. You can top up your card online, and you will also be eligible for a student discount , which can be programmed onto your Hop Card once you have enrolled in your courses. Visit the Go! Ticket Office, located in the City Campus student quad, for more information or to purchase a HOP Card. Staying connected Mobile phone If you have brought your mobile phone from home, you can buy a SIM card to access a New Zealand network. Or you can buy a new phone and connection plan from one of New Zealand’s mobile network providers. You can choose to pre-pay (pay on advance for your phone usage) or pay on a monthly basis. See Vodafone , Spark , 2Degrees , and Skinny to compare phone plans and pricing. Most mobile providers have international calling plans, or you can purchase a calling card at your local dairy to make calling overseas more affordable. Internet Your accommodation may already have an internet service set up, but it’s a relatively easy process if you need to set one up yourself. There are a number of different internet providers in New Zealand, you can use Glimp t o compare providers and find the best and most affordable plan for your needs. Free Internet access is also provided on all campuses using your username and password from desktop computers, laptops, and mobile devices. Banking New Zealand has a very modern banking system and almost everybody has a bank account. It is the safest, most convenient way to manage your money. Having a bank account will make day-to-day life in New Zealand much easier. There are a number of banks to choose from, including ANZ , ASB , Bank of New Zealand , Kiwibank , and Westpac . Search the bank websites for ‘international student’ to see what services they provide. ANZ and ASB each have a branch at the City Campus. When you open a bank account in New Zealand, you will need to bring your passport and student visa with you, as well as proof of your Auckland address. You can update your address details in Student Services Online and then print a fees statement in order to obtain a proof of address. This document will have your local address on it and should be sufficient for opening a bank account.