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Whitianga, New Zealand

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Whitianga, New Zealand. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Whitianga?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Whitianga, they said:

"Whitianga is a small town located on the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand, known for its stunning beaches, vibrant arts scene, and relaxed lifestyle. Before moving to Whitianga, expats should know that the cost of living can be higher than in other parts of New Zealand due to its popularity as a tourist destination. The town is relatively small, with a population of around 4,000, so it may not offer the same level of amenities and services as larger cities. The primary industries in Whitianga are tourism, fishing, and agriculture, so job opportunities may be limited in other sectors. English is the main language spoken, but understanding some basic Maori phrases can be beneficial as the town has a significant Maori population. The climate is mild, with warm summers and cool, wet winters, so appropriate clothing is necessary. Public transportation is limited, so having a car is almost essential for getting around. The healthcare system in New Zealand is of a high standard, but expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance. The education system is also highly regarded, with a range of options for primary and secondary schooling. Whitianga is a safe town with a low crime rate, but like anywhere, it's important to take basic safety precautions. The town has a strong sense of community, with many local events and festivals taking place throughout the year. Finally, expats should be aware that the pace of life in Whitianga is slower than in larger cities, which can take some adjustment but also offers a relaxed and peaceful lifestyle," explained one expat living in Whitianga, New Zealand.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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