Bucklands Beach Motel

42 The Parade, Manakau, Auckland, North Island, 2012, New Zealand
Bucklands Beach Waterfront Motel
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hesitant auckland admirer

by sage1006

Hi. I've just been recently offered a job in Auckland, I'm just wondering if an annual salary of 50,000 gross should be enough? I have no idea what the cost of living is.... and how are the people? are they friendly? :) thanks!

Re: hesitant auckland admirer

by balramdass

we were in Aukland about 6 years ago
The standard of living cost wise is around the same prices as England.
People are friendly and one thing I remember well about this country is that people only cross at lights and WAIT until lights change---even if all clear.

Good luck and have fun

Re: hesitant auckland admirer

by allikat


You should be fine on that. It's an average wage for the area. Cost of living is relatively high in my opinion (as a British expat) with most people enjoying far less disposable income than they do in the UK where I am from.

People are friendly and welcoming, although it can take a while to 'dig beneath the surface' as it were.

Feel free to email me if you'd like more info. Your post may well be deleted as it isn't a travel related question.

Re: hesitant auckland admirer

by sunseeker28

Of course we're friendly!
You should be able to live comfortably on $50k although I would recommend house-sharing rather than trying to live on your own as rental is high in Auckland.
If you are living and working centrally your transport costs will be low and food and entertainment although slightly costlier than the UK still aren't crippling.
Auckalnd is a great city if you enjoy the outdoors and water sports as it is accessible to some fantastic spots.
I am returning to Auckalnd in February after 2 years in London and I can't wait!!!
Take the job and go!

Re: hesitant auckland admirer

by MelissaNZ

Auckland is relatively expensive as you really need a car to get around and to enjoy the beaches unless you live close to the City. Public transport is a bit of a joke. Tip - live near work.
The inner suburbs will set you back about $150 per room in rent (that is a clean midsized room). That does not include utilities (they pay for water)which is abotu $60 a month.
Food is average but bars can be expensive.
I would think the average wage in Auckland is about $50,000 but if you can get more try as people try to get an "auckland allowance" - just more money. Some try to get a travel allowance instead.

Travel Tips for Auckland


by keeweechic

The east coast of the Auckland region has the right conditions for sailing. Auckland has some of the busiest harbour in NZ for recreational vehicles – we are not known as the ‘city of sails for nothing’. There are some 500 sheltered island anchorages scattered through the Hauraki Gulf – it’s a great place for not only the super yachts but the smaller pleasure crafts as well to enjoy the waters.

Birkenhead Point

by keeweechic

Ferries run to and from Birkenhead Point on the northshore. Birkenhead is a residential area and there is a charming B & B there called Stafford Villa. Birkenhead Point is popular with water sports and fishing and there is a all-tide boat ramp and facilities for all water activities. Hinemoa Park is alongside Birkenhead Point and has a playground and picnic area.

Location : Northshore

Beware of dodgy car hire place in Auckland

by Kate-Me

Whatever you do, don't hire a car from Ace Rental Cars in Auckland. Basically, sub standard budget cars (some not even Roadworthy), poor in person customer service (their Auckland Airoport branch) and lack of handling of complaints afterwards. We even got charged $65 extra on our credit card at the end for a stone chip we didn't cause, and which didn't appear on the 'damage map' of the car (as they were so busy dealing with other customers unhappy with the car they were picking up).

Never again.

Fish and chips near the beach

by SWFC_Fan about Mission Bay Fisheries

Mission Bay Fisheries is a small fish and chips shop and fast food joint opposite the beach at Mission Bay.

I ate here one lunchtime in April 2006 having made the 7km walk from central Auckland in the morning before making the return walk later in the afternoon. I didn't feel so guilty eating fish and chips amid all that walking!

There are a couple of indoor tables and a handful of tables out front and it is open 7 days a week. There is, according to the menu, another branch on Hobson Street in the city centre but I never saw nor visited that one.

A sample of menu items and prices are as follows:

"Catch of the Day": fresh snapper ($4.80), tarahiki ($2.80), hoki ($2.50), mussels ($0.60), scallops ($1.80), oysters ($1.50), squid ($0.60), prawns ($1.50), crab sticks ($0.90), seafood basket containing fresh fish, mussels, oysters, squid, prawns, scallops and chips with Aioli sauce ($6.50), chips ($3).

Kebabs: lamb ($6.50), beef ($6), chicken ($7), falafel ($5.50), rice ($1).

Shawarma buns: lamb ($7), chicken ($7.50), chicken satay ($8), veg. falafel ($6).

Burgers: beef and bacon ($8.20), basic ($5.50), ostrich ($8.50), steak ($8.50), fish ($6.50), chicken ($6.50).

I ate at one of the outdoor tables, sharing my table with a pigeon and an assortment of other small birds that were attempting to feed off my dropped chips. I opted for:

"Small Meal" - Cost: $10

I ordered this set meal from the specials board inside the shop. It consisted of 2 battered fish, 2 sausages, a portion of chips and a 390ml bottle of Fanta orange.

The fish was similar to cod, but I was later told by locals that it was probably hoki given its low price. It was very nice, but these same locals told me that they wouldn't feed hoki to their cats let alone eat it themselves! Don't let that put you off......if you like *proper* fish and chips, you'll like these!

Despite being called a "small" meal it was perfectly adequate to satisfy my hunger and was excellent value at just $10.

Excellent value and excellent quality fish and chips. Highly recommended!!

View from the top most deck is awesome

by amarshah

When you visit do go to the top most deck.. it is far better... also leave film to click more pictures from top.... We also exp a Mauri filk dance at the base of the Tower... it was great, they did pull are few people from the audience also and made them dance...


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