What you need to know about moving to New Zealand
So, you're moving to New Zealand! Do you know the REAL New Zealand though? Might be best to read up beforehand!
Most Kiwis would comfortably agree that life moves a little slower here when compared to our friends around the world. A life built on a love for the outdoors, a low population density gives everyone some breathing space when necessary to go out and explore the pristine environment. We could more than easily throw around terms such as laid-back, tolerant, easygoing and friendly when talking about the locals. This is reflected in the comfortable and happy lives most New Zealanders enjoy on a daily basis.
With more sheep than humans in New Zealand, we're hopeful you'll forgive us for making this reference. The humans themselves however are generally lovely though. With just under 5 million of them, we're confident you will find the vast majority to be the utmost welcoming! Some famous locals include Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Jacinda Arden, Jemaine and Bret from legendary New Zealand guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo, Flight of the Conchords.
The definite facts
1) New Zealanders are known as Kiwis, otherwise known as a native bird which cannot fly.
2) Gisborne, on New Zealand's east-coast is the first city in the world to see the sunrise.
3) New Zealand was the first nation to allow women the vote.
The maybe facts
1) It's a bit like Australia
More or less Australia without the scorching week-long Summer binges and the seemingly endless native fauna, New Zealand and Australia, although separated by 1700km of pristine Tasman Sea, share many similar traits and characteristics, thankfully good ones! Friendly in nature and laid-back in their lifestyles, the locals of New Zealand have it good, and they know it!
2) It's a constant adventure
There's a reason why New Zealand is known for adventure. As the country where commercial bungee jumping and jet boating originated, thrill-seekers of all kinds have unsurprisingly found themselves thrust into some high-adrenaline activities.
3) It's cloudy
Even New Zealand's longest serving residents, the Māori people knew this. In fact, they even referred to New Zealand as Aotearoa, meaning "the land of the long white cloud". Perhaps it was this sometimes gloomy outlook and backdrop that attracted Peter Jackson and the cast of Lord of the Rings to the country?
Already in New Zealand and need to find some work? Read our guide here to finding part-time work as an international student in New Zealand.