Auckland consistently ranks in the top 10 of the world’s most liveable cities* and it’s easy to see why. Auckland boasts a modern, vibrant heart set within a magnificent natural landscape. New Zealand’s biggest and most cosmopolitan city is renowned not only for its huge variety of activities, but for its infrastructure, people and climate. The city's shopping precincts, waterfront areas and many restaurants are surrounded by harbours, beaches and lush green forests. It is home to outstanding food and wine and a thriving arts scene.
Auckland is home to many cultures from around the world, all contributing to the city’s diverse cuisine, music, art, cultural experiences and events. The APO is committed to fostering Auckland’s reputation as a thriving centre for arts and culture, and is renowned for its innovation, passion and versatility. This includes engaging with world-class artists, presentation throughout the year of orchestral repertoire that is varied and exciting and that highlights the quality of our musicians and our commitment to education, community and outreach work.
But don’t just take our word for it; some of our musicians tell us why they love living and working in Auckland with the APO.
“There are so many great things about this city. I love all the beaches and wild spaces, the intertwined palm and coniferous and deciduous trees. There is really a vibrant arts scene here and people seem very well-educated regarding classical music, opera, ballet, the theatre, etc. My colleagues in the APO are positive, supporting, inspiring and ambitious, which allows for some really great music-making!” – Andrew Beer, Concertmaster (Canadian)
“The lifestyle of being a musician with the APO allows me to fit in horse rides at Woodhill forest and Muriwai beach and overnight trips to many lovely places, including the Bay of Islands and skiing at Mt Ruapehu.” – Miranda Adams, Assistant Concertmaster (New Zealander)
“Auckland is the only place I know that is 20 minutes to the countryside from the CBD and supports a symphony orchestra of international standard. The Auckland Town Hall [where the APO regularly performs] is a world class acoustic venue and the Waitakere Ranges and Karekare beach are some of the city’s best kept secrets.” – Robert Ashworth, Principal Viola (Canadian)
“I love Auckland’s weather, the diverse cultures, beautiful harbours and especially the harmonious blend of pastoral landscape and modern city environment. The balanced lifestyle makes Auckland a wonderful place for working and living. After work, I enjoy looking after trees and flowers in my garden. Sometimes I like to try different ethnic restaurants, sampling the variety of excellent cuisine, including dishes from my hometown. Discovering Auckland’s stunning views and gorgeous beaches is also one of my favourite things to do because they are all very convenient and nearby.” – Lucy Qi Zhang, First Violin (Chinese)
“I like Auckland’s flair, the light urban style, plenty of parks and space, clean air and all the water. There is something elegant to it, despite the commonly accepted casual style and low-key attitude. I like to get on my bike and have a ride though the streets, going from one place to another. I very much enjoy living in the greater Ponsonby area with its local shops, cafes and diversity of people. A walk in the neighbouring Western Springs Park or Meola Reef is a daily treat.” – Eliah Sakakushev-von Bismarck, Principal Cello (Bulgarian)
*Economist Intellegence Unit and Mercer Quality of Living Survey