Starting a new life in New Zealand is something that many people consider, especially if seeking work or moving away with family. The country has outstanding beauty, provides tons of travel opportunities, and has many similarities with the UK. But which city is the best? Below we outline four of the most popular destinations.
The capital and New Zealand’s most populous city, Auckland is perfect for anyone who enjoys the hustle and busy of modern city living. Being the major economic hub of the country, the city is home to many international headquarters and is a great place for business. But there’s much more here, including superb shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. Property prices are higher than the rest of the country, but there is no shortage of properties. Hamilton is a short drive away, as is the popular town of Taupo. Auckland also provides easy access to the many offshore islands.
Situated on the southern tip of the north island, Wellington is a compact, densely populated city, giving it a bustling and exciting feel. Being in the middle of the country, it is perfect for anyone wanting access to the north or south island. The city is surrounded by stunning natural beauty and provides a mix of urban living and countryside on the doorstep. With an impressive waterfront, countless restaurants and bars, plus cultural amenities, Wellington is a popular choice for expats.
Situated on the south island, Christchurch has a familiar feel, especially for the British, with similar weather to the UK and four distinct seasons. Property and rental prices are up to 20% more affordable than in Auckland. The south’s extensive mountainous national parks are a short drive away, providing plenty of opportunities for exploration. The airport has regular internal flights to Wellington, Auckland, and Invercargill. With many scenic coastal areas within a short drive, Christchurch is perfect for expats who enjoy city living or even those who enjoy a more relaxed way of life in the lush green suburbs.
Widely known as the party town of New Zealand, Queenstown is a great place for fun, adventure, and stunning scenery. Many recreational activities are available, including watersports and boating on Lake Wakatipu. The constant stream of visitors to Queenstown means no day is ever the same. However, there are a few downsides. Finding a property to buy or rent can be more difficult than in the larger cities. The cost of living can also be more expensive than other areas. That said, for thrill-seekers, Queenstown provides a non-stop source of entertainment.
New Zealand is a wonderful country for expats, especially those from the UK and other English-speaking countries. It has the same language, a similar lifestyle, a stunning landscape, and many exciting cities to explore. Travelling is easy, but choosing a place to live is more difficult. But with many expats living across the whole island, any location will provide a fantastic lifestyle and opportunities.