Auckland is up another four places in Monocle magazine's urban quality of life rankings, moving into ninth place – an improvement on 13th in 2011 and 20th in 2010.
That means Auckland now boasts a top-10 placing across three international quality of life surveys [Monocle (9th), Mercer (3rd) and the Economist Intelligence Unit (10th)].
"Our consistent gains across a number of international quality of life surveys are a strong indication that Auckland is fast becoming the one to watch," says mayor Len Brown.
The magazine identified new entertainment precincts and public transport initiatives completed ahead of the Rugby World Cup and the new super city political structure as the reason for its success.
Monocle also applauds the passing of the first Auckland Plan, the blueprint for the next 30 years of the region's development, with a better connection to the waterfront and better urban design.
Auckland's multicultural population and tolerance for diversity, and its business-friendly environment also get the nod.
The title of world's most liveable city went to Zurich, with Melbourne at #6 and Sydney at #8. The magazine also includes Len Brown in a list of 10 smart local government leaders.
The magazine says the mayor has made the formerly fractured city buzz in the 18 months since his election.
"The uniting of Auckland has really delivered any opportunity to uncork our potential," Brown said in an interview with Monocle. "I am challenging the city to step up and be prepared to go with whatever it takes."
The magazine says it looks forward to what the next year brings as Auckland faces the challenge of finding alternate funding sources for important transport infrastructure, including the City Rail Link(plans released yesterday show Auckland Transport plans to buy 210 properties to build the proposed $2.86 inner-city rail link, including two 3.5km long twin tunnels up to 45 metres below the city centre).
Monocle is a London-based magazine published ten times a year with a mission to focus on global affairs, business, culture and design and "keep an eye on the world."