Relocating to New Zealand from any country is easy due to the superb international connections the country has. However, this does not mean that there aren’t any factors that you need to consider before finalising your decision to make the move. That said, here are 5 things about New Zealand that we think you will find useful to know:
Cost of Living
While New Zealand may not be the most expensive country you could choose to move to, it isn’t the cheapest one either. The cost of living in New Zealand is more costly than living in either the U.S. or France.
On average, the consumer price index is at 109.84. The rent index is at 35.97 while the groceries index is at 102.13. The restaurants index is marked is at 89.60 while the local purchasing power is at 84.78. What do these indexes mean? Before anything else it is important to understand that the aforementioned indexes are relative to New York City. For instance, the rent index of New Zealand is 35.97. This means that rent rates in New Zealand are 64.03% less expensive than in NYC; while an imaginary index of 110 would mean that rent rates are 10% more expensive than in NYC.
New Zealand is fondly known as the country that has more sheep in it than people. What most people don’t know is that even New Zealand’s cities are just as beautiful as their country sides. Auckland, in particular, is more popular amongst tourists for its cosmopolitan and lively reputation. And while it is those things, Auckland has no shortage either of scenic and historical tourist spots such as Parnell Village and the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
Christchurch is another one of New Zealand’s largest cities. The Cathedral Square, Hagley Park, the Botanical Gardens, Nga Hau E Wha Marae, and the Christchurch Gondola can all be found here. If you are looking for a vibrant and charming city that couples both the old and the new, Christchurch may be the one for you.
As the capital of New Zealand, Wellington is no different from other major cities in NZ in that it is set in a harbour and it sits in the middle of undulating hills. Wellington is paradise for those who are in search of thrills and adventure, what with its seal tours, white water rafting, hot air ballooning, bungee jumping, and so much more.
Lastly, if you are the type who wants an action-packed lifestyle, Queenstown is the place to be. Located in the South Island of Zealand, you will never run out of things to do here. Whether skydiving, jet boating, or hang gliding floats your boat, you can do it here. If you are looking to sit back and relax, that’s what the vineyards and wine are for. Regardless of what you choose to do, you are sure to have a breathtaking background behind you.
Customs and Traditions Unique to New Zealand
New Zealand is very much westernised when it comes to their customs and traditions. People greet each other with a handshake and a smile. It is good etiquette to bring a token such as flowers, chocolates or a bottle of wine when invited to another person’s home. Table manners in New Zealand are continental. This means that the knife is in the right hand and the fork in the left.
In the corporate environment, it would be best not to be overly friendly until everyone is comfortable with you and you have been in the company for a considerable amount of time. Make appointments at least one week prior to your desired date and be sure to show up on time.
5 Websites That Are Useful
1. British Embassy in New Zealand. No matter where you go, it is always important to know how to get in touch with your embassy. The British Embassy is located in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand.
2. New Zealand Legislation. This provides up-to-date unofficial versions of New Zealand laws.
3. TripAdvisor. There’s not a more reliable website out there for when it comes to travel advice. Whether you have a question about the least expensive method of transport to get from one town or city to another or you want to do your homework on hotels in New Zealand for your holiday, this is the website to visit. It is sure to come in handy as you map out your Kiwi travels.
4. Immigration New Zealand. The official website of New Zealand’s Department of Labour tells you all that you need to know about moving to New Zealand, what it’s like there, and how you can complete the process.
5. Move to New Zealand Forum. If you are looking for an avenue to talk to others who are thinking about making the move to New Zealand or those who have already made it, this is the place to be.
5 Landmarks to Visit in Your First Year
1. Parnell Rose Gardens. Whether or not you like flowers and plants, the Parnell Rose Gardens are truly a sight to see. With over 4,000 roses to stare at, there is something to marvel at wherever you look here. If you come in November, you can even take tours and listen to music while on the grounds.
2. Rotorua. One would be missing out completely if you come to New Zealand and don’t visit Rotorua. Home to one of the most popular spas in the South Pacific, feel free to soak away your worries and concerns at these natural hot springs.
3. One Tree Hill. Situated in Auckland, One Tree Hill is one of the tallest volcanic peaks in the city. You can hike with a group in one of the trails below or simply gaze upon the wonder and beauty of this natural landmark.
4. Rangitoto Island. Rangitoto Island is not only the youngest volcano in this region, it is also the largest. Many people used to make their home here but today it is home only to a plethora of walking trails, plants and one dense forest.
5. City Centre. Come here and see why Auckland is all the rage amongst visitors to New Zealand. There’s something for everybody to do here—from the Auckland Zoo to the Lion Beer Brewery to the Auckland Regional Botanical Gardens.
So if you are planning on relocating to New Zealand, be sure to keep all of this information in mind as you never know when it might come in handy. Bon voyage!