Life in New Zealand


With a temperate climate and stunning variations in our geography people in New Zealand happily lead an outdoor life. No matter where you live in New Zealand you are probably less than an hour from the ocean and less than 4 hours from a ski field which means on the same day you can mountain bike, snowboard and surf!

Cafe society and cultural activities rival those anywhere in the world. New Zealand cuisine and regional wineries are well-regarded internationally so you will also have plenty to tempt your taste buds.

With just over 4 million people living in New Zealand it's easy to find or get away from the crowd. So if your preference is access to big-city shopping, check out Auckland (the largest city with over 1.5 million residents), Christchurch, Wellington (the capital) or Dunedin. But one of the joys of New Zealand is that you can also choose to live a more rural lifestyle and still live within an hour's drive of the centre of any of these cities. Or you can choose to settle in the country.

Settlement Support New Zealand (SSNZ) gives you a clear point of contact in your new community helping you find the resources and information you and your family need to settle in comfortably. SSNZ is supported by both local and central government, so assistance is free. Visit the Settlement Support website: www.ssnz.govt.nz

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