Why New Zealand?
New Zealand is truly an amazing country. The people are friendly, the weather is superb and the lifestyle is unbeatable, with a perfect pace for you and your children. So if you’re serious about your quest for a better life, get in touch with Migration Associates today for successful New Zealand immigration. Take the free initial evaluation now.
New Zealand Lifestyle
Set within a stunning landscape, New Zealand offers residence a perfectly balanced lifestyle. It is a safe and friendly environment for families, offers great career opportunities and the possibilities for exploration and travel.
The high quality of life New Zealand offers is what draws immigrants from all over the world to the country, and New Zealander’s pride themselves on welcoming newcomers. As well as finding approachable locals, you'll also find many other new arrivals to share experiences with. The country is very multicultural and residents are used to mixing with people with different cultures and accents.
New Zealand can offer all year round activities, beautiful beaches and lakes in summer and some of the best ski fields in the Southern Hemisphere in winter. It also has vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. It is also somewhere you can ‘get off the beaten track’ – Kiwis are known for their love of the outdoors and adventure sports. You are never very far from a great fishing spot, sprawling golf course, walking tracks, mountains or somewhere you can take part in extreme sports.
The quality of life offered in New Zealand is shown again and again in global reports. The 2014 Mercer report ranked Auckland 3rd in the world for ‘Quality of Living’, with Wellington at 12th. A similar survey by the Economist Intelligence unit ranked Auckland 10th of 140 cities, and the UN ranks New Zealand seventh out of 187 countries on its latest Human Development index. New Zealand is truly an incredible place to live.
Find out more about what to expect when you get to New Zealand and what you can prepare for before you get there, with our handy guide.
New Zealand Climate
The seasons in New Zealand are in reverse to those in the Northern Hemisphere, Spring is from September to November followed by Summer from December to February, Autumn is from March until May and Winter is June until August.
New Zealand has a temperate climate: relatively mild, wet winters with moderately high rainfall and warm dry summers, with many hours of sunshine. Being a maritime country, the weather can change rapidly from day to day or even during the day.
In general, the west of the country is wetter due to the westerly showers that fall on that side of the country. Generally the climate is cooler the further south you travel. Maximum summer temperatures average from 30 degrees Celsius in the north to 20 degrees Celsius in the south, while average winter maximum’s range from 15 degrees Celsius in the north to 10 degrees Celsius in the south. Overnight, particularly in the south, temperatures can reach freezing in winter and it is common to see snow falling at least once during winter in the South.
New Zealand Population
Size-wise, New Zealand is slightly larger than the UK, but has just a fraction of the UK's population at just 4.5m. There is a noticeable difference in population, it’s easy to lose the crowds and have the wide open spaces to yourself.
New Zealander’s are generally known as friendly outgoing and relaxed people. New Zealand is increasingly seeing migrants from all over the world arriving on its shores. However the majority of the population are predominantly New Zealand European. The Maori population is about 13% of the country’s population and their cultural influence can be seen throughout New Zealand. There are also growing numbers of migrants from Asia and the South Pacific Islands.
New Zealand Landscape
Tourists find they can only ever skim the surface of New Zealand’s spectacular scenery, even those born in New Zealand say they still have much to see.
The country has a huge variety of landscape, from spectacular mountain ranges to sunny beaches, glistening glaciers to luscious forests.
Of course, those of us who have watched Lord of The Rings have been given a showcase of New Zealand's scenery - Mt Doom was inspired by Mount Ngauruhoe in the South Island, Anduin River was in fact Waiau River in Fiordland National Park, and Hobbiton's party tree was found in a green valley in the North Island's Matamata.
Wherever you are in New Zealand you're never far away from a breath-taking scene, whether human built or natural.
Take a look at our Pinterest boards where we've collected together many beautiful pictures of New Zealand's various landscapes.
New Zealand Education
If you're considering moving with family, finding a good school will be a priority for you. So you'll be glad to know that New Zealand has one of the best education systems in the world. The OECD named New Zealand as a 'top-performing country in terms of the quality of its education system'. Of 32 developed countries surveyed in the OECD’s 2013 Better Life index, New Zealand devoted the highest percentage of public expenditure to education.
Kiwis have a cultural concept of 'giving everyone a fair go', and this motto permeates their education system, which values skill-based achievements. They have a balanced focus on both practical and academic achievements, and have an educational goal of creating “confident, connected, actively involved life-long learners”.
The outdoors is a huge part of life in New Zealand and as such is an important factor in NZ schooling, with a vast range of sport and recreation activities available to school children.
New Zealand Healthcare
As an expat, you may wonder how the healthcare system in New Zealand works, especially if you've got existing medical conditions. New Zealand residents, and those who hold a work visa valid for 2+ years, benefit from a government-subsidised public health system that is free or low cost. Of course, accidents and emergencies are free - just dial 111. Just like the UK, some residents opt to take out private healthcare, though most rely on the public system.
If you are in New Zealand as a non-resident, you can still use the healthcare service at a cost, but you should ensure you have medical insurance from your home country before you travel.
If you are a new resident you should look to register with a GP in your area. You can find one near you on the New Zealand Medical Council Website. Your GP will go on to refer you to a medical specialist if necessary.
Dentistry is offered free to those under 18, and residents on low-incomes. For all others, oral practitioner work out of private practices, just like the UK. You can find a dentist in your area by checking here.
Where to live in New Zealand?
Come and live where New Zealanders most want to live - Tauranga, in the sunny Bay of Plenty. One of New Zealand’s most popular holiday destinations and a thriving port city, Tauranga is leading the country for economic growth, meaning there are plenty of career and business opportunities for people considering moving to New Zealand. It was the country’s fastest growing regional economy in the year to March 2015 and topped the list in terms of job growth from 2013 to 2014, at a massive 13 per cent. Over the past few years there has been a significant increase in entrepreneurial activity in Tauranga, putting it on the map as a place where innovation is happening and attracting other businesses. In a country renowned for its natural beauty, it’s the quality of life that sets Tauranga apart. It offers plenty of space, world class surfing beaches, bush clad mountains, affordable housing and great facilities – all minutes from the city centre. It is well known for festivals and events, and the sunny climate means these activities can be enjoyed all year round. Tauranga can be ‘your place to shine’, with a range of career opportunities and a way of life that is the envy of most other parts of the world.
Christchurch & Canterbury
Set against a majestic alp to ocean backdrop, Christchurch & Canterbury offers visitors one of the world’s most unique and diverse destinations. You’ll find it all - a picturesque city, the sparkling Pacific Ocean, the majestic Southern Alps and an ancient volcanic peninsula dotted with charming townships and hidden bays.
In Christchurch, you can experience urban regeneration, creativity and innovation flowing through the city with new restaurants & bars, street art and vibrant new retail areas, all the while staying true to its heritage and traditional English feel. Known traditionally as “The Garden City”, the serene Avon River flows through the centre of the city through to the award-winning Christchurch Botanic Gardens. With contemporary art galleries and open-air markets, explore Christchurch by vintage tram, a classic Edwardian punt, or grab your walking shoes and discover the growing network of laneways brimming with bars, eateries and an eclectic mix of boutique shops.
Regularly ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and home to almost a third of its population. If you like water views, this is the place for you as the heart of the city occupies a narrow strip of land between the Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and the Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean.
New Zealand’s most multicultural and cosmopolitan city, Auckland is where most migrants choose to settle. It has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world and a higher proportion of Asians than any other city in New Zealand. Auckland is also the economic epicentre of New Zealand and where multinational corporations typically choose to base their offices.
Hemmed in with picturesque beaches and lush wine regions, Auckland has the critical mass of people required to support a vibrant restaurant, live music and arts scene. While it is small by world standards, it is at least five times larger than any of New Zealand’s other cities and the logical choice for those who desire the urban lifestyle.
Gisborne makes up 1% of NZ’s economy in employment terms. It includes some of NZ’s most remote areas, with mountainous topography and difficult transport routes. Gisborne also has a very different age and ethnic profile compared to the country as a whole. Nearly half the population is Maori (47% compared to 14% for NZ), and it is correspondingly younger than most other regions.
Forestry is delivering a massive economic benefit to the Gisborne region and, with an expected boom in log exports, by 2020 one in 10 people could earn a living from the sector, according to a new economic study.
Forestry is worth more than $225 million a year in the East Coast region, overtaking sheep and beef farming, at $206m the other key sector in the region, the report by Waikato University shows. Including the spillover effect into other activity around the region there was a “flow-on” value of $383m from forestry.
Gisborne is already the third largest export producer of logs, worth about $208m a year, behind Tauranga in top spot and Whangarei in second place.
By 2020, the forestry sector will be worth $328m, the report says, creating another 630 jobs, with the total wage and salary bill likely to rise by $55m.
Located on the east coast of the country’s North Island, Hawke’s Bay is recognised on the world stage for its award-winning wines. The regional council sits in both the cities of Napier and Hastings.
The Hawke’s Bay region accounts for approximately 7% of national primary industries GDP, with the largest contributions being fruit growing, grape growing and forestry/logging. The region accounts for 7% of national processing GDP, with the largest shares being for fruit and vegetable processing, wine-making, meat processing and textile processing.
The region accounts for approximately 2% of national manufacturing sector GDP and about 3% of the country’s service sector GDP.
Economic growth in Hawke’s Bay is strongly influenced by international economic conditions directly and indirectly impacting its significant primary industries and processing sectors.
Manawatu – Wanganui
The Manawatu – Wanganui region is located in the lower half of the North Island of New Zealand, comprising the Local Territorial Authorities of the Tararua, Manawatu, Horowhenua, Rangitikei, Wanganui and Ruapehu districts and Palmerston North City.
With over 50% of the land area comprising hill country the region is recognised as a significant sheep and beef producer. Other significant land uses include dairy farming, forestry and horticulture. The region is home to many high performing businesses, supporting the rural base.
The diverse landscape and our strong pastoral farming heritage have led the City, and its university, Massey, to develop a respected science and research base in agri-foods and food innovation.
Its central location creates many unique advantages from which have developed significant capability in transport, warehousing and related logistics services.
Nelson - Marlborough
Nelson is a city on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay, and is the economic and cultural centre of the Nelson region. Established in 1841, it is the second-oldest settled city in New Zealand and the oldest in the South Island and was proclaimed a city by royal charter in 1858. Marlborough is one of the regions of New Zealand, located in the northeast of the South Island, named after the famous English soldier and statesmen, the Duke of Marlborough.
The Nelson-Marlborough catchment, as defined by TEC includes the following territorial authorities: Tasman, Nelson City, Marlborough and Kaikoura.
The industries in which Nelson-Marlborough has the largest comparative advantages are fishing, forestry and logging, and food, beverage and tobacco manufacturing.
Northland represents approximately 3.6 percent of the country’s population, with more than 168,000 people living in the region and over half of those living in the main centre of Whangārei.
With close proximity to New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, but with a warmer climate and vast natural resources, there are many reasons why Northland is a very attractive destination to visit, live, work and invest.
The Northland economy is underpinned by industries that harness natural advantages based around land, water, climate and cultural assets.
The Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan launched in February 2016 set the stage for economic development and business growth by prioritising enabling infrastructure improvements relating to transport, digital infrastructure, skills, and water management.
It also identified key sectors that have opportunities for growth such as farming, forestry, horticulture, aquaculture, manufacturing, construction, mining, and marine. The Action Plan leverages partners and collaborators to work on projects of regional significance. Its Working Group is led and facilitated by Northland Inc supported by an Advisory Group representing central and local government, business and iwi.
Major initiatives to facilitate and enable business and investment in the region are complemented by Northland’s exceptional lifestyle options.
Otago accounts for 5% of NZ’s economy in employment terms. Its household incomes are lower than the national average, but its employment rate is above the national average. These factors relate to the very high proportion of tertiary students in Dunedin city, some of whom work part-time, and the significant presence of seasonal labour in other parts of the region.
Half of Otago’s population live in Dunedin, which provides services to the surrounding region as well as national health and education services. Other districts each have different specialisations, including hydro-electric power generation, tourism, sheep and beef farming, gold and silver mining, horticulture and wine making. Port Chalmers is the third largest port in New Zealand based on the value of exported goods, reflecting a high value of commodities, particularly meat and dairy products, and manufactured goods produced across the region.
While the region’s overall population is projected to grow only slowly in the coming decades, Queenstown and Central Otago are amongst the fastest growing sub-regions in New Zealand, in both population and economic terms.
Otago has a range of areas of comparative advantage that it can build on. The University of Otago is NZ’s most research-intensive university and the key generator of the region’s high per capita patent applications. The University and other tertiary institutions are key to meeting the skills and innovation needs of various sectors in the regional economy.
Southland is New Zealand’s southernmost region and is also a district within that region. It consists mainly of the southwestern portion of the South Island and Stewart Island / Rakiura.
The region covers over 3.1 million hectares and spans over 3,400 km of coast. Southland has a strong economy with an abundance of natural resources and is based on primary production and process industries such as dairying, meat processing and the world class Tiwai Aluminium Smelter. Unemployment here is tracking more favourably than the national economy.
Taranaki is situated on the west coast of the North Island, surrounding the volcanic peak. A notable feature of the Taranaki region is its reliance on the region’s natural and physical resources for its economic and social wellbeing.
The climate and soils of the region are suited to high producing pastures, which accounts for 57% (414,000 hectares) of the region.
Approximately 40% of the region (over 290,000 hectares) is in indigenous forest and shrubland – mostly within the Egmont National Park and areas of the inland hill country.
Approximately 20% of the region is within the public conservation estate and set aside for nature heritage conservation. Areas such as the Egmont National Park play a significant role in the region’s economy. However, farming and other land based activities continue to play a prominent role in employment.
Taranaki is of strategic importance to New Zealand – the Taranaki basin is currently New Zealand’s only hydrocarbon producing area. The Kapuni and offshore Maui fields make up the major part of New Zealand’s natural gas resources. Other smaller fields produce crude oil or gas or both gas and condensate.
Taranaki has been dubbed 'the Texas of New Zealand', oil and gas stream in from offshore rigs. The presence of oil and gas in the region has given rise to new industries involved in the processing, distribution, use and export of hydrocarbons.
In 2011, Lonely Planet dubbed Wellington the “coolest little capital in the world”. Located at the south western tip of the North Island, it is New Zealand’s capital and third-largest city. The Wellington region is made up of interlinked but distinct areas: Wellington, which plays host to the CBD and about half the population; the heavily Maori and Pacific Islander areas of Porirua; and the largely suburban commuter towns of Lower and Upper Hutt.
As is often the case with capital cities, the government is the main driver of Wellington’s economy, a situation that’s been exacerbated by many of its businesses relocating to Auckland in recent decades.
Like the residents of capital cities the world over, Wellingtonians are blessed with a disproportionate number of museums and galleries. There are also plenty of boutiques and theatres as well as a thriving café culture and bar scene. While Wellington looks spectacular thanks to its majestic harbour and craggy shores, be warned that the world’s southernmost capital city is infamous for its chilly, gale-force winds.
The West Coast region has resourceful people, a rich history, a spectacular natural environment, and abundant resources. The same factors that have shaped its history and its people are what make the West Coast a challenging place to live and work.
The Tai Poutini or West Coast region covers 23,000 square kilometres, or 8.5 percent of New Zealand’s land area. It is the longest region in New Zealand, spanning more than 600 kilometres from Kahurangi Point in the north to Awarua Point in the south. It sits between the Southern Alps and Tasman Sea and is less than 70 kilometres wide at its widest point. Around 85 percent of the land is part of the conservation estate.