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Opinion on Auckland Suburbs/Public Transport

Old Dec 4th 2013, 10:06 am
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Hi there,

I'm moving to Auckland in January and I've started to look into the best areas in the city to live. I'm moving alone, and ideally I'm looking for a 2 bedroom unit or apartment somewhere between $350-$500/week.

I'd like to base myself in the CBD as I quite like the city life and feel I'll get to know more people here and can socialise more easily. I am concerned though about transport. My employer is based in Henderson to the west (near Ranui station), but it seems that a train from Britomart to Ranui takes over an hour, and I've heard that driving in and out of the CBD can be a nightmare.

Other areas I've looked at are Ponsonby and Parnell which are close to the city but not exactly the cheapest places to live, but maybe just within my budget.

Mount Eden looks like a lovely area but seems to be more houses than apartment accommodation.

My best bet is probably settling somewhere between Henderson and the city centre. Can anyone comment on areas such as New Lynn, Glen Eden or Mount Albert?

I've done quite a bit of looking around the internet for advice, but I'm sure this forum has got to be the best place to ask! Also, are there any areas I should avoid if possible? i.e. any run-down neighbourhoods with a lot of anti-social behavior etc?

Thanks!
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Hello Mark

Im no expert in the matter and I am moving there myself in Jan, My girlfiend is a local though and she commutes in and out of Auckland each day, Traffic is a bit of a nightmare by the sounds of it but as to be expected, Public transport is pretty poor by all accounts aswell. Nightlife seems to be centred round your ponsonby area's and taxi's are pretty expensive so if your looking for nights out etc then your best to be walking distance from here. yet again the further you move out from the ponsonby, parnell areas the cheaper but you need to weigh that up I suppouse with cost of travel etc!!! If your looking to go for a pint with a fellow scot where your in the big city of Auckland then give me a PM and I can pass on some details, All the best.
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If you're travelling from the CBD outwards traffic should be fine since you're going the opposite way to everyone else - I'm not familiar with that route though.
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Hello Mckewan s Export!
I visited a mate in August who had what I call a "granny flat" one bedroom apartment at the base of a great house in St Heliers East Auckland. (was better than I m describing!) He was paying 400 dollars a month all in for rent and bills etc. It was a small place but was pleasant enough. St heliers and Mission Bay were decent for a quiet pint and nice meal- could be priceyish (good area) but lovely by the sea front and beach. He reckoned finding a well off family with space to rent was a good call. He had his own entrance and didn't really see them so was in a great area for less. The bus to Auckland was regular enough and cheap.
He has since moved to Massey with his lass and I went there too (west) and it was good also. A bit busy in the car in the morning but ok.
We went out a bit at the viaduct and it was spot on but quite expensive for a drink. Between 18- 22 dollars for 2 drinks! And some weren't even pints. A lot of suits- didn't bother me. Still good crack. Liked a pub called the steamship try it. I ve been thinking of moving over for years, had a job offer, but didn't make the jump for various reasons. Maybe some day. But the standard of living is v high. Enjoy ya adventure. I loved it when I was there. Sea kayaking, mountain biking, golf, trekking, drinking, bbqs a decent list!
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Like Jmh said, you would be going against the flow of traffic as most other people would be commuting into the city, not away from it, so you should be ok driving from the city or inner western suburbs to Henderson/Ranui.

I wouldn't recommend Parnell, St Heliers, Mission Bay etc only because they are all to the east of the CBD so you would be battling in traffic to get towards the city before travelling out west from there. Other than that reason, they are all very nice suburbs.

The CBd can be a bit of a soulless place to live but certainly has the majority of pubs, bars, cafes, gigs ec etc. Ponsonby is only about 5 mins drive/taxi from the city centre and has quite a few bars, cafes and shops of its own. The suburbs surrounding It - Grey Lynn, Westmere, Pt Chevalier, Freemans Bay - could also be good choices, nice places to live, all within 5 mins drive of Ponsonby and 10 mins drive to the city.

New Lynn is ok. Glen Eden is fine in places and dodgy in others. Neither have much in terms of bars etc as there are some funny licensing laws out west that restrict the number of places selling alcohol. The number of bars I would choose to spend time at in the area I can count on the fingers of less than one hand. For a young person wanting to socialise etc, the inner suburbs are far nicer and the ones to the immediate west of the city centre suit you best for commuting distance. I wouldn't recommend Ranui - not horribly rough but quite depressing in places.

mt Albert is fine, but there is more going on in Ponsonby etc. Kingsland is another area you might consider, bit student-y, right by Eden Park if you're into rugby, bars and cafes etc. Mt Eden v nice but a bit more family-orientated than the other suburbs.

Ponsonby and surrounding suburbs about 25 mins drive to Ranui I would say? You really do need a car in Auckland, it's very spread out. I drove a 60 mile round trip today to go and visit a friend in a different suburb.
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