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New Zealand consistently features in the top rankings of best places in the world to work and study. But why choose New Zealand to live? The friendly people? Spectacular landscapes? World class education? Amazing culinary experiences? Yes, all of the above and more!
Join the friendly culture
New Zealanders or “Kiwis” – named after the native bird and national icon – are considered amongst the friendliest and most welcoming people in the world, and this stops the list of reasons you should live in NZ.
As a young country, New Zealand is a melting pot of different cultures, making for an open and accepting nation. New Zealand was the first country to extend voting rights to women, and this equality is a key value in Kiwi communities.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors…
The distinctive New Zealand landscape plays a fundamental role in the Kiwi lifestyle. The “clean green image” of New Zealand’s environment is a source of much pride, and places New Zealand above countries including the US in terms of environment and conservation.
Many people escape the daily grind and pressures of work by frequenting nearby beaches for surfing, water-sports and barbeques. Alternatively, there are many bushwalks, hiking tracks and huts managed by the Department of Conservation to be explored, including the nine popular Great Walks.
… and the cinematic landscape
Remember those sweeping cinematic landscapes in the Lord of the Rings movies? What about Narnia? Yes, they are real life locations that are scattered all across NZ. Hobbiton exists in the rolling pastures of the Waikato and Rivendell is nestled just outside of Wellington, while Cathedral Cove in the Coromandel is where the Pevensie children returned to Narnia.
New Zealand consistently ranks among the best in the world for numerous sports, including, netball, rowing and of course, the revered game of rugby. There is also a strong grass-roots culture, from backyard cricket to Saturday morning sport, excellent for kids and adults alike.
Visitors will quickly notice a “work hard, play hard” mentality. Play hard with adrenaline-filled adventures including skydiving, bungee-jumping and black-water rafting at Waitomo. Those who really wish to test their mettle can take part in the Ironman Triathlon, the Coast-to-Coast and other tough multisport events.
Kiwis are well-regarded professionally around the world. The education system has a strong focus on practical skills and value based learning, aiming to develop well-rounded and independent life-long learners. Academic excellence is balanced with extra-curricular activities, and achievements in sports, music, debating and all manner of special interest activities are highly celebrated. New Zealand is also a relatively safe environment, where children can walk to school and enjoy freedoms not always available in other countries.
High ranking tertiary education
New Zealand has eight universities, all of which feature in the top 500 of the 2018 QS World Rankings. The University of Auckland is ranked 82nd in the world while the University of Otago is ranked 151st. Many professors are world experts in their fields, and their expertise attracts many students from around the world. Information on New Zealand visas for students who are moving from the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and beyond can be found on the Immigration New Zealand website.
Enjoy a warm, mild climate
Prepare to bask in warmsunshine, and lots of it… Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch typically enjoy over 2,000 hours of sun each year on average, with several regions experiencing even more. Positioned in the balmy mid-latitudes, New Zealand enjoys a mild sub-tropical climate that is moderated by the surrounding oceans.
So many nearby holiday destinations
This warm climate and the close proximity to beaches, lakes, rivers and national parks creates the laid-back lifestyle that attracts tourists, immigrants and students alike. Whether you want beach, bush or bustling city, you can be sure there is something idyllic within a short drive or flight. New Zealand also serves as a gateway to explore the South Pacific, including Samoa, Fiji and New Zealand’s closest neighbour, New Caledonia.
Mouth-watering cuisine and fine wine
Pavlova. Kiwifruit. Pineapple lumps. Roast lamb. BBQ’s. Mince and cheese pies. Venture out to a local farmers market for seasonal, locally grown produce. Try a hangi, the traditional Maori way of slow-cooking cooking meat and vegetables in the ground with heated rocks. Taste-test your way through some of the world’s best vineyards in Marlborough and Central Otago. New Zealand has its own style of tasty food just waiting for you to discover!
So are you ready to experience life the Kiwi way?
Johanna Cider is a travel writer based in Auckland, New Zealand. Johanna often writes about New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, having produced content for sites such as Tanoa Tusitala.