Expat Guide to Living in New Zealand
Whether you're already living in New Zealand or preparing to move to New Zealand, our Expat Guide to Living in New Zealand offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in New Zealand. For answers to specific questions, visit our New Zealand Forum to talk with expats in New Zealand.
Expats are drawn to New Zealand's astoundingly beautiful scenery, laid back lifestyle, safe cities and towns and low cost healthcare. For some, life in New Zealand is a dream come true. Other expats find that living in New Zealand, like many other places, has its pros and cons.
Expats share some of their favorite places to live in New Zealand from laid back cities to beautiful beach towns.
Expats in New Zealand talk about deciding where to live, the family-oriented culture, enrolling in the public school system, meeting people and more.
Moving to any country may be a daunting adventure, to help with the move we have compiled a list of must dos’s before you arrive.
An expat in Wellington, New Zealand talks about the culture shock he's experienced and how he's handled it. He advises others who are feeling homesick to take the time (and expense) to prepare a meal like you would at home.
What is it like to live in Wellington, New Zealand? Get advice about making life there work and what the people there are like.
More Culture Shock Reports for New Zealand
Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in New Zealand handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in New Zealand:
Submit a Culture Shock Report
Submit a Living Overseas Report
More Living in New Zealand Reports
What are people's priorities in New Zealand - work? family? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in New Zealand:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report
More Moving to New Zealand Reports
What should you take with you when you move to New Zealand? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in New Zealand? Below are some of the responses from expats in New Zealand:
Submit an International School Review
Reviews of Schools in New Zealand
Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in New Zealand. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in New Zealand:
Dream vs. Reality Report
Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to New Zealand. If you are already living in New Zealand, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not by filling out our Dream vs. Reality Report.
Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report
Overseas Retirement Report
Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in New Zealand by taking our Overseas Retirement report.
Submit a Retire Abroad Report
Working in New Zealand Reports
What's it like to find a job in New Zealand? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in New Zealand? Below are some of the reports from expats in New Zealand:
Submit a Working Abroad Report