So you are moving to New Zealand
‘The land of the long white cloud’ is a country with proud traditions, stunning landscapes and a lot of sheep!
Well, before you start here are our 10 top pieces of information for expats:
- New Zealand is a popular expat destination offering a more relaxed lifestyle.
- New Zealand has a much milder climate than its neighbour Australia and in winter months temperatures can drop below freezing in many parts of the country. However it can also enjoy warm summers.
- Kiwis tend to socialise outdoors and tend to be warm and hospitable to new guests.
- English is the main language spoken in New Zealand with Maori and New Zealand Sign Language also being its official languages. Although the use of slang can confuse many a newcomer.
- New Zealand schools have a fine international reputation. They are divided into public and private systems and expats are able to join either system.
- With just 4.2 million inhabitants (nearly 1/3rd of which live in Auckland) New Zealand is a small country made up of two main islands. It is surrounded by the Tasman Sea to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east. There are also an estimated 31 million sheep in New Zealand, nearly 10 for every human!
- New Zealand has a GDP of $196.2 billion while this very low by international standards it is actually quite high on a per capita basis.
- The main export in New Zealand used to be wool but following a fall in global demand New Zealand now focuses on meat, wine, dairy products and tourism.
- New Zealand’s currency is the New Zealand Dollar, commonly referred as the Kiwi dollar.
- There is a low risk of global terrorism as with all destinations. However crime is generally low although low level theft can be a problem in popular areas.
Once you are settled, New Zealand is a breathtakingly beautiful country with rich culture, spectacular wildlife and high octane adventures. Living there gives friends and family the perfect opportunity to visit!