Life in New Zealand

Life in New Zealand

New Zealand is a bi-cultural country with both Maori and Pakeha (European) influences. It is also home to many Polynesian and Asian people, as well as people from many different cultures. New Zealanders are considered friendly and easy going who love to meet people from different cultures.

New Zealand is an English speaking country, but does not have the regional accents and dialects of Britain or the USA. So you’ll soon find Kiwi English is quite easy to understand. The grammar is exactly the same and the vocabulary is 99.9% the same as the United States. Our education system is respected worldwide. If you want to be safe and meet friendly people, New Zealand is the best English speaking country to do this.

In New Zealand, you can enjoy both an urban and rural lifestyle. The country is full of luscious mountains, large forests, beautiful plains, lakes, and beaches. People from all over the world come to New Zealand to visit the dramatic, varied landscapes, clean oceans, golden beaches, and snow clad mountains. New Zealand has a temperate climate, and the country is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea.

New Zealand is clean and nuclear free. Even our world famous national parks have no dangerous animals or insects. The low exchange rate and cost of living means you can live, study and travel for 20 – 50% less than other English speaking countries. New Zealand’s great outdoors are clean, green and unspoiled. Uniquely blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches, harbours, mountains, fields, forests and lakes in the world, New Zealand is ready to be explored. Travelling to these destinations are fast and easy. Pure NZ is our recommended link for more information on visiting New Zealand (site info is available in English, Chinese, German, Japanese and Korean).

New Zealand is known for exporting products like fish, meat, fruits, dairy products and timber. The country is also leading in areas like information technology and biological and medical research. New Zealand is also gaining popularity in areas such as tourism and education. All in all, New Zealand is a great place to STUDY, WORK, and LIVE.




New Zealand currency (NZ Dollar) is quite stable. The residents and tourists get a fairly good exchange rate and this further gives them high purchasing power.


New Zealand is home to Maori, and European, Polynesian and Asian all call NZ home. People from different countries can reside here and maintain their culture and religion. New Zealand law guarantees the freedom of worship, and therefore people from different cultures can easily remain close to their culture and religion.


Auckland has an integrated transport system. Buses, ferries and rail are the most common forms of transport while cycling is becoming more popular. There are regular flights to different cities from the major airports. The air, rail, and bus fares are also considerably cheap.

Education Sector

Auckland is considered the education hub of New Zealand, with internationally acclaimed universities, research centers, top secondary schools, and many of world class language schools. Auckland region alone has about 50% of all international students that reside in New Zealand.

Industrial Sector

The Auckland region has also attracted more than $300 million of overseas investment in the past few years and support many industries such as education, manufacturing, distribution and service industries. Most jobs in the creative sector can be found in Auckland. Auckland has a robust infrastructure that easily caters to its current and future business needs.



Life in Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest and most diverse city, with a population of approximately 1.4 million people. Living in Auckland, you are never more than 20 minutes away from a beautiful beach. ICL Education Centre is located right in the heart of it all, in the central CBD. Buses, trains and ferry are a short walk from the campus, making it easy to explore the city. You’ll never be stuck for things to do while in Auckland. The City Centre is by the amazing waterfront with thousands of boats, the reason why Auckland is called ‘The City of Sails’. Auckland has more boats per capita than any other city in the world! Auckland is the commercial heart of New Zealand, with a wide range of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. In the Mercer Consulting 2016 international survey, Auckland was ranked third in the world for its quality of living, for the third year running. The Auckland City website offers a good insight into all the things you can do in our wonderful city, at any budget. School staff will be happy to help you plan your stay.

Driving in Auckland

We recommend that you talk with your teacher or a student support staff member before you drive or buy a car in New Zealand. Even if you have a driver’s license from your country it is important to know the NZ Road Code rules for driving and to be aware of the driving conditions in Auckland as well as the countryside. Many people who are experienced drivers in their own country find NZ rules and conditions quite different.

The School can help you learn and understand the NZ Road Code. It is best to do this before you attempt to drive. The School can also help to arrange driving lessons from an instructor in your own language. Even if you already have a license, we strongly recommend that you have at least two lessons with a qualified driving instructor to familiarize yourself with Auckland traffic rules and conditions. The best advice we can give is that you obtain your New Zealand license. If you are planning to buy a car, we recommend that you first talk to your first language support staff. Remember the he car you buy will need to be registered and have a Warrant Of Fitness no more than one month old; this is a legal requirement and will ensure that the car is safe to drive. We strongly recommend that you obtain insurance before driving your car. Your first language student support staff can provide information on car insurance as well.




Miscellaneous Costs
Bus Pass – per month $85 – 139 (depends on distance)
Movie theatre ticket $15 – 20
Fish’n’chips takeaway meal $4.50 -20.00
Gym membership at City Gym (1 month) $50 – 100
Packet of 20 cigarettes (Marlboro) $18.00 – 25.00
Can of Coke/Soda $1.50-2.00
Daily newspaper $1.20
Big Mac (Burger only) $5.95-6.90
2 litre milk $3.45-3.80
Reasonable “Student Car” $3,000 – $8,000
Video, DVD hire (new release, overnight) $4.00 – 9.00
Internet Café, per hour $2.00 – 4.00
Starbucks Coffee $4.50-6.50
6 pack of NZ beer (supermarket) $10.00-15.00
330 ml bottle beer (bar price) $4.00 – 4.50
T-shirt $5 – $50
Life as an AEA student

As an AEA student, you have access to all the school’s facilities:

  • Computer Lab
  • Free Wifi
  • Full kitchen facilities
  • Library


Our bilingual staff provide first language support for all our students. Our Welfare Manager is also on hand to make sure our students are happy and safe. Students can contact our welfare officer 24/7 for any issues, both school and personal. Our Student Support Services include:

  • Homestay and Accommodation
  • Airport Transport
  • Insurance arrangement
  • CV writing


Auckland English Academy Student Handbook
Important Information for all students


AEA students enjoy a variety of activities every Friday afternoon. AEA teachers organise three or four activities on Fridays for students to choose from. These range from exploring outdoors through kayaking, rock climbing and sports or staying at school to enjoy cooking classes, movies, board games or self study. Visiting local cafes, galleries and parks are also very popular. Activities are a great way for students to meet new people, practise English, and get a full New Zealand experience!


Victoria Park



The Navy Museum
Ferry ride to Devonport






Ice Skating

Student Voices