Leaving the UK and relocating to New Zealand can be an exciting adventure, providing a new start in a country full of natural beauty and diverse scenery.
The country is spread over a small group of islands, with the majority of the cities located on the North Island and the South Island packed with nature reserves, hiking trails, country parks and beaches.
Expatriates enjoy relocating to New Zealand as it’s a safe, clean country with low cost of living and favourable tax systems. The countries history of attracting expats means the community is highly welcoming to different cultures and nationalities from around the world.
Here are a few useful facts about relocating to New Zealand.
Cost of living in New Zealand
The cost of living varies according to the city, with the bigger cities such as Auckland and Wellington being more expensive than some of the more rural areas. There are affordable apartments and river side condo’s to buy or rent in the city and spacious houses with land in the suburbs and villages.
People who live and work in New Zealand can generally expect their salaries to be lower than their home country. However, the cost of living may also be considerably lower.
English and Maori are the official languages of New Zealand, however, Maori is very seldom used
Expat job and career prospects
A good knowledge and understanding of English language is essential for living and working in New Zealand as are having good qualifications and training. Finding a job in New Zealand, like anywhere else, can take a while so if you are considering moving it’s a good idea to spend some time applying beforehand to give yourself a head start.
The climate in New Zealand is generally warm and sunny for most of the year. Outdoor BBQ’s and cocktail gardens are popular across the region and it’s not uncommon for people to wear shorts all year round. Rainfall in the mountainous areas of the North Island and the lower half of the South Island can be common.
The education system in New Zealand ranks as one of the best In the world and you have the right to enrol your children at the state school that is nearest to your home. Some schools have a “home-zone” so spaces are allocated to those who live the closest first.
The four-term New Zealand school year begins in late January after a six-week school holiday and ends in December.
The New Zealand government meets the cost of state schooling, but parents are expected to contribute towards text books and materials. Schools follow the New Zealand curriculum and the study of the Maori language may be included.