Auckland preview

New Zealand


Auckland is a very safe city – the crime rate is low and gun ownership in New Zealand is close to non-existent. There are very few reports of murders, rapes or assaults, and there is no particular danger to women. However, things do happen on occasion. There is a gang culture, although it is predominately limited to areas in South Auckland that are not popular with immigrants. Still, it never hurts to exercise a bit of caution – walk with a friend late at night, avoid dark alleys, and so on, as you would do in any large city.

Burglaries and car thefts are more common than assault-type crimes. Many homes, especially those in upscale neighbourhoods, are alar…