New Zealand’s picturesque natural beauty and pleasant climate make it one of the best countries in the world to live. Although not the country’s official capital city, Auckland is the country’s biggest and also the financial and commercial hub of the country.

So, when it comes to making the move to Auckland, choosing a suburb that suits your lifestyle takes a lot of research and careful planning. Here are some of the friendliest and most popular areas to move to in the City of Sails.


Sought after Parnell is one of the city’s most popular suburbs with excellent commuter links to the city centre and charming period homes. Despite being located so close to the city; Parnell is a much quieter suburb. It’s also the oldest neighbourhood in Auckland and still maintains its old-time village feel.

The streets of Parnell are lined with boutique stores and gardens and the suburb is also home to the esteemed La Cigale French Market which is held every weekend, inviting visitors from all over the city.


Located a 15-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, the seaside village of Devonport is a suburb steeped in history and dazzled by harbour views. There are a number of parks for families and young children to take advantage of, as well as waterfront bars, restaurants and cafes. Devonport is one of the city’s oldest settlements with a rich Maori and maritime heritage.


Popular with families, Takapuna is a friendly suburb located north of the city centre. The schools here are often regarded among the best in the city and its white sand beaches make for a very popular summer spot. Playgrounds and weekend markets make venturing outside the suburb unnecessary.


Quietly tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, Howick offers a pleasant suburban home, just 30 minutes from central Auckland. The seaside suburb has a strong sense of community with friendly neighbours helping newcomers settle into their new home.

Grey Lynn

If it’s more of an artsy neighbourhood you’re after, Grey Lynn is the inner city suburb for you. Families looking to settle down in Auckland often turn to the suburb, so too do seasonal renters. The community life is strong, making it a very friendly and pleasant suburb to live.

Ready to make the move to Auckland’s friendly suburbs? Get in touch with Grace today to organise your removal.