What do I need to know about living in New Zealand?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to New Zealand, they said:
"There are tons of unspoiled beaches and bush walks. With all the beach property available, unless you want to live directly on the water, you'll find homes within walking distance of the sea cost about the same as homes further inland. Housing is a lot chepaer than in Wellington, so you have access to a big city but more affordable property (although if you commute to Welly, gas prices are about 5 times the cost in the US). Health care is extremely cheap even with no insurance. The pace of life is slower. Children are still able to play out in the streets and walk from school. It's a bit like the US many years ago.
Drawbacks include the relatively high cost of general goods and food. The houses are often very poorly insulated and get quite cold in the winter,"
explained one expat living in Kapiti Coast , New Zealand.
"It's a great place to live. It's beautiful and interesting. I would
stock up on all the products you love. You won't be able to buy them
here, or they will just be too expensive to purchase. New Zealand is an
island. The cost of shipping goods in, is pricey,"
said another expat in Wellington.
Expats in New Zealand may get a free expat health insurance quote from our partner Allianz Care, whose plans ensure that you have access to quality healthcare whenever you need it. Allianz's flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget.
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Expats in New Zealand may get a free expat health insurance quote from our partner Allianz Care, a leader in international insurance for expatriates. Allianz's plans ensure that you have access to quality healthcare whenever you need it. Their flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget..
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