The Waimanu Lodge

The Waimanu Lodge

Why People are Choosing to Leave Auckland

During the past 2 decades, Auckland has had significant growth as a city and the population has seen annual growth of 1.8 percent year on year. Auckland is the most populated city in New Zealand with roughly 1.75 million however data shows for the first time in its 20 years population has fallen.

The population growth rate dropped 66 percent in the 2021 year to its lowest levels seen since year 2012 and it’s not just Auckland that is seeing this trend, major cities such as Wellington and Christchurch along with the West Coast and Southland regions are experiencing its affects. The downturn can be attributed to Covid-19 and the restrictions that were put in place which limited people’s movement. With the border restrictions, international migration which would normally contribute to population growth has also been affected.

A recent study by ANZ shows that the number of people leaving Auckland has increased significantly in the past few years. In 2016, net migration (the difference between those moving to Auckland and those leaving) was +12,000 however in 2020 this had decreased to just +3,000. On the other hand, the fastest growing region was recognized as the Northland region with close to 2 percent. Other regions that saw growth was Bay of Plenty with Tauranga movers in high demand and also people moving to Nelson in the Tasman region.

So what’s driving people out of the City of Sails?

It appears that Covid-19 has been a catalyst for many people reassessing their priorities and for some, this meant leaving the city life behind for a slower paced lifestyle. The appeal of having more space and being surrounded by nature is something that is becoming increasingly more popular.

People are also beginning to be more aware that time is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted and with the pandemic highlighting this, many are choosing to make a lifestyle change that will allow them to have a better work/life balance.

Another key factor that is contributing to the decision making of thousands of New Zealanders is the price of property in Auckland. It is becoming increasingly difficult for first home buyers to get into the market and this is causing people to look elsewhere.

Productivity is also said to be a driving factor contributing to the falling growth. With many businesses offering opportunities to work from home or from a distance, people have more choices today and this is quickly becoming a prerequisite for many when accepting the next job opportunity.

So, what’s next for Auckland? While the data looks bleak, it’s not all doom and gloom. The city is still a desirable place to live with a strong economy, good infrastructure and plenty of job opportunities. To restore the rate of growth in coming years, it is evident that something needs to change and this may mean a new approach to housing, work/life balance and social infrastructure.

Explore New Zealand’s Northland Region

New Zealand’s Northland region is a beautiful and diverse place to explore. From the stunning beaches to the lush green forests, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The subtropical climate along with the attractions of white sandy beaches, abundant fishing hot spots and the beauty of the Bay of Islands is what attracts many visitors each year. The city of Whangarei is largest in the Northland region and makes up 5% of New Zealand’s population. It particularly has a rich heritage in Māori culture and  is the  setting  for the annual Māori festival, Te Matau a Māui (the fish hook of Māui), a major event in the Northland calendar.

The Northland can take you on a journey to some of New Zealand’s most iconic and beautiful places. Whether its discovering the coast or visiting an undeveloped beach or enjoying a scenic flight and soaking up the picturesque views, some of what the Northland region offers is the best New Zealand has to offer. Here are some things you must do while exploring New Zealand’s Northland region:

Visit the stunning beaches

With over 3,000 kilometres of coastline, the Northland region is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in New Zealand. From the long white sandy beaches of the Bay of Islands to the Ninety Mile Beach that stretches along the west coast towards Cape Reinga, there is pristine waters and ample of opportunity to soak up the sun where two oceans meet – Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean.

Experience Waipoua Forest

The Waipoua Forest is one of the most significant remnants of New Zealand’s ancient forests. Majestic kauri trees, some over 1000 years old, stretch high above the forest floor, with the largest measuring in at almost 50 metres tall and more than 6 metres wide.

Take a scenic flight

If you take a scenic flight anywhere it has to be over the Bay of Islands in the Northland region. The clear blue turquoise waters and white sandy island beaches provides a magnificent view from the air. Explore the remote coast line hovering above Paihia, Black Rocks, Waitangi and see the beautiful Cape Brett peninsula and Hole in the Rock.

Take a walk at Whangarei Falls

Just a short drive from the town of Whangarei you will find the beautiful Whangarei Falls. A short loop track through native bush leads you to the top of the falls where you can take in the stunning views of the 15 metre high waterfall.

Discover Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Learn about the Māori culture at this historically important New Zealand site. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is the place where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between Māori Chiefs and British representatives. It is also home to the Ngāpuhi iwi (tribe), the largest Māori tribe in New Zealand. Easily spend a day here to discover interactive walk through museums and an engaging visitor centre. Experience the power of cultural performances, Māori art and carving studios with a perfect backdrop to the Bay of Islands.