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02 Jan 2020

4 Areas to look at as an expat moving to the New Zealand

Apart from being known for the Haka, Rugby and the setting for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, New Zealand offers expats many features, particularly the work-life balance, low crime rate, high living standards and beautiful rugged scenery, which attracts people from all over the globe looking to get away from the rat race and absorb a lifestyle that better reflects the needs of the modern family. The island itself is split into two main islands, the North and the South, with over 600 smaller outlier Islands. Here’s a closer look at four main aspects of relocating to this beautiful Island:

Climate

One of the main attractions of New Zealand for Northern Europeans in particular, is that the climate is relatively similar. Throughout the island, the weather is largely temperate; it tends not to have the extremes of is southernmost neighbours, although as it is in the southern hemisphere, the further south you go, the colder it gets. New Zealand has over 2000 hours of sunshine per year. Average temperatures in the summer range from between 20-30 degrees and, in the winter, 10-15 degrees. New Zealand is famous for having four seasons in 1 day; the Maoris fondly named the island the ‘Land of the Long white cloud.’

Cost Of living

According to the website MovetoNewZealand, most expats start off by renting on the island as buying for foreigners is currently prohibited. The average monthly rental price for a small 1/2-bedroom house/apartment is $390.00 (NZ) and $525.00 (NZ) for a larger 3/4-bedroom property. This is based on city-living, with Auckland the most expensive, followed by Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton and Dunedin. Petrol is around $2.21 per litre and, per person, food will come to around $1,000.00 per month. One major benefit of living in New Zealand is that the healthcare is free at the point of use, with minor exceptions and procedures such as cosmetic surgery.

Scenery

Where else to start but Tongariro National Park, setting of the Lord of the Rings and, in particular, the ‘Land of Mordor.’ The park has no fewer than three active volcanoes, ski slopes, boiling mud pools and the Tongariro River rapids. Lake Tekapo is a must-see for any of those travelling to the South Island; it is particularly beautiful when the sun reflects off the surface, giving it a translucent turquoise complexion. Glenorchy is on the northern borders of Lake Wakatipu, and offers the outdoor sporty- type the chance to experience jet boats, kayaking and a plethora of adventurous hiking trails (another spot which was the setting for movies such as Narnia and Lord of the Rings also.)

Culture

New Zealand, in a way similar to Australia, is a liberal outward-looking country. Heavily influenced as a former colony of Great Britain, however, this blends in with the culture of the indigenous Maori people, perfectly showcased when a western-originated sport such as rugby, starts off every match with the traditional Maori dance, the Haka. Being an island nation, boating, yachting and sailing all are a daily way of life amongst New-Zealanders. Sports therefore play a prominent role in the national psyche, with the national rugby team elevated to a semi god-like status, and with cricket and netball all national sports. Cuisine in New Zealand is fundamentally international.

If you are thinking of relocating to New Zealand, then finding the right company to transit your precious belongings is an important call of consideration. 1st Move international, who are a member of the British International Freight Association and the British Association of Removers, can offer you a premier service with their unique packing systems and over 20 years’ experience in International removals.
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