Tired of traffic jams? Unaffordable house and rental prices? Too much hustle and bustle?

It sounds like you’re looking to get out of Auckland. Even if you’ve lived in Auckland for years and love the city, it’s undeniable that Auckland presents several challenges. Moving to a new city can often be a rewarding experience; whether it’s for your career or to give your family a better quality of life, moving out of Auckland has many perks.

So, what are the top destinations you should be looking at if you’re considering moving away from Auckland?

Here, the team at New Zealand Movers outline top cities that Kiwis are moving to – other than Auckland.


Just a 90-minute drive from Auckland, many Kiwis are flocking to Hamilton for its affordability, central location, and great quality of life. A big city with a laidback feel, Hamilton is where many young families are moving to in order to escape the intensity that is Auckland. A fast-growing city, Hamilton has excellent job prospects in the industries of IT, education, health, retail, and hospitality.


Located in the beautiful Bay of Plenty region, Tauranga is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing cities. Tauranga has some of NZ’s most pleasant weather, with warm summers and mild winters, giving you plenty of opportunities to make the most of the city’s stunning beaches. Industries like construction, agriculture, healthcare, education, retail and hospitality are all in high demand of more workers, so you won’t be short of a job if you work in any of these fields.


Fascinating, beautiful and vibrant – Dunedin is an underrated gem on the South Island. Dunedin is commonly known as a student city, thanks to the University of Otago located in the centre of the city, which is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide. For families and other homebuyers, Dunedin presents an affordable option compared with cities on the North Island.


Wineries, stunning landscapes, beaches – you’ll find it all in the hub of Nelson. Nelson has one of the lowest unemployment rates in New Zealand, with a great job market in many different industries. Agriculture is a large industry in Nelson – it’s home to Australasia’s biggest fishing port and it has a large farming sector. If you’re a wine drinker, the neighbouring Marlborough region has over 100 vineyards to explore.


New Zealand’s second biggest city shouldn’t be overlooked if you’re considering moving away from Auckland. Christchurch is a beautiful city with affordable real estate and a large job market, particularly for IT and construction professionals. The Christchurch lifestyle is an active, outdoorsy one. With its mountains, beaches and rivers, Christchurch is a nature-lover’s paradise.

Ready to move outside of Auckland? New Zealand Movers are one of the country’s most experienced and trusted furniture movers, with 41 years of experience in the industry. New Zealand Movers can help you get settled in your new home, whether you’re on the North Island, South Island, or somewhere across the globe. Grab a quote from the friendly team today!

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