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Tourism spotlight: Auckland region

Posted on 28/10/2015 by
Home to New Zealand's largest city, the Auckland region has a diverse tourism industry.

Home to New Zealand’s largest city, the Auckland region has a diverse tourism industry.

Welcome to the second instalment of our Tourism Spotlight series. Every month we shine light on a different region of New Zealand tourism, giving you the lowdown on local jobs and attractions. Enjoy!

When most people think of Auckland, they think of the CBD – the Sky Tower, the Harbour Bridge, bustling Queen Street. But did you know the official Auckland region extends much further than this?

The Auckland region begins just north of Te Hana and extends south beyond the Bombay Hills, encompassing towns such as Mercer and Onewhero. What’s more, several islands are also part of the region, including Waiheke, Rangitoto and Great Barrier.

For a detailed look at the region’s borders, check out this map.

The City of Sails

Affectionately known as the City of Sails, due to its proximity to the water and its popularity among yachties, Auckland City attracts millions of international visitors each year.

Here you’ll find a vibrant arts and entertainment scene, as well as some of the country’s best bars and restaurants. And with the ocean right on its doorstep, activities such as whale watching and jet boating are also huge drawcards for tourists.

As Auckland City is New Zealand’s largest city, it goes without saying that it’s an excellent place to launch your tourism career. Home to hundreds of hotels, tour companies, travel agencies and of course a busy airport, the city is a great place to work.

That said, we know many of you choose to study from home because you are unable to live and work in the city. Never fear – there are plenty of jobs in the wider region.

Beyond the CBD

The Auckland region is hugely diverse with an amazing array of tourism attractions. From beautiful east coast beaches such as Omaha and Pakiri, to wild west coast forests, to sprawling farmland in the south and charming historical villages in the north, there’s so much to see and experience.

Many people work in tourism on the outskirts of the city. These areas tend to be more affordable and also closer to nature, offering a wonderful lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD.

If you really love being close to nature, you could work on Waiheke or Great Barrier Island. These beautiful islands are reasonably quiet during winter but turn into tourism hotspots over summer.

The jobs available in these quieter areas will depend on the attractions nearby. You might find work at a hotel or camping ground, as a local travel agent or tour operator, or in adventure tourism.

With so many lovely beaches, forests and villages nearby, Auckland is the perfect base for tourists to take bus tours or hire a car for day trips. The Auckland region is therefore an excellent spot to live and work if you dream of having a career as a tour guide.

In conclusion: Auckland has a bit of everything

Auckland is a big, varied region, home to such a wide array of attractions that it would be near impossible to list all of the jobs available.  From a career at the airport to working in a quaint Bed & Breakfast in a small town, there’s so much on offer. Whether you live in the heart of the city, or on the outskirts, tourism is an excellent career choice.

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