Lifestyle in New Zealand

Lifestyle in New Zealand

In New Zealand, we're fortunate to be able to enjoy a diverse, relaxed, and quality lifestyle with a wide variety of things to do and places to visit. New Zealand is one big natural playground with an abundance of beaches, national parks and mountains to enjoy in summer and winter.  

As New Zealand is a relatively small country our great outdoors is easily accessible, for example the furthest you could ever be from the sea in New Zealand is 120 kilometres. 

New Zealand has a vibrant arts scene, encompassing art, music, theatre, film and comedy. We have an array of excellent galleries and museums in most of our main centres, world-class festivals, food and wine and a music and comedy scene that is being increasingly recognised on the international stage.

Most New Zealanders prefer to buy their own home, however as house prices have increased over recent years, more people are finding renting a more suitable option. Property outside of the major cities is markedly cheaper and while 85% of overall property sales are made up of urban properties, people are increasingly seeing the benefits of living in rural or semi-rural areas. 

  • For more detailed information about housing, visit? New Zealand  Now. 
  • If you are considering short or long-term rental accommodation as you get settled,  this site  is a great option to find rental options in your chosen location.

New Zealand has a comprehensive health system that enables everyone to receive life-long medical care. Essential healthcare is provided free through the public system which means that while some routine services, such as visits to a local doctor, must be paid for, more costly treatments like hospital visits are predominantly paid for. 

If you injure yourself at work, at home, in the car, playing sport or doing any other activity, our government-legislated accident compensation scheme (ACC) will help pay for your hospital, doctor, physiotherapist or any specialist treatment.  

If the injury is serious, payment will also be made to offset the loss of wages so that expensive and time-consuming legal action isn't required if you get injured through the actions of others.

New Zealand's government funded schooling system provides a comprehensive curriculum of academic, sporting, and skills-based learning options. There are also many private schooling options available. 

All children, with very few exceptions, are required to attend school between the ages of 5 and 16. Young adults wanting to go on to further education have a wide range of options available to them. New Zealand's higher education system includes universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and private training establishments, all of which provide a high level of tertiary education and internationally recognised degrees and diplomas.

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There are several childcare and early education options available if you have children five years or younger. You can enrol your child full-time or part-time in a childcare centre (crèche), kindergarten or Playcentre.  

These early education centres are regularly audited by the Education Review Office to ensure high standards are maintained. Other care options include hiring a nanny through an agency or arranging home-based care for your child at an approved caregiver's home.  

For more information on early childhood, services contact your local? Ministry of Education  office.

How New Zealand's cost of living compares depends on where you are coming from and where you decide to settle in New Zealand. While you may find some things more expensive and others cheaper, overall, the cost of living in New Zealand is comparable to what you'll find in any OECD country. 

There is some good information available online, we’d suggest reviewing: 


Everyone in New Zealand needs to pay tax on income they earn, whether they're an individual, business, or organisation. To find out more about this – please click here.

To find out more about how to apply for your own IRD (Inland Revenue Department) number – please click here

Note: this process is often easier once your NZ Bank account is set up. 

Many NZ Banks will allow you to apply/ set up an account whilst still overseas. The process for this is slightly different for each bank and we do not endorse any specific organisation.  

Below you’ll find links for this process for several of our largest banking organisations, but this is by no means an exhaustive list and we encourage you to do your research. 

  • Kiwibank – please click here. 
  • ANZ – please click here 
  • BNZ – please click here 
  • ASB – please click here 
  • Westpac – please click here

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