Your guide to expat life in New Zealand

Welcome to the land of the long white cloud

A small nation of two islands, New Zealand’s spectacular natural beauty and outdoor lifestyle attracts many expats in search of a more balanced way of life.

On the North Island, Auckland is the country’s cultural and commercial centre – and a favourite choice for expats while Wellington is the capital. The South Island’s most popular destinations are Christchurch and Milford Sound.

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Quick Facts

  • Population: About 4.7 million
  • Capital City: Wellington
  • Neighbouring New Zealand: Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Caledonia
  • Main language: English
  • Time: GMT+12 (GMT+13 from the last Sunday in October to the last Sunday in March)

Even the largest companies in New Zealand are smaller than you would expect. Sometimes this is a good thing, sometimes a bad thing, but it does meant that work/life balance is better.

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Our checklists give you a comprehensive overview of the kinds of things you need to do before you move and also what to consider in your first few months in your new country or territory.

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Check the cost of living its much higher here especially food.

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