It’s no secret that New Zealand is breathtakingly beautiful.
It’s constantly chosen as a backdrop for films, is forever the perfect stage for tourists’ social media-worthy snaps and still astounds the NZ Visa Connections team at every turn on a road trip.
But New Zealand is more than its physical landscape. It’s also rich in culture and stories, safe and welcoming for families, and is nimble in its ability to change and progress thanks to its small but sparky size – choose New Zealand to invest in or start up a business, and you’ll be amazed at the speed of growth.
New Zealand doesn’t have the endless sprawls of high-density housing or rows of towering high-rises you find elsewhere. There’s room to breathe and a wide variety of lifestyle options.
You can choose upbeat urban apartment living or a suburban backyard with room for children and a vegetable patch (we call this a ‘quarter acre paradise’). Alternatively, you can go a little further afield and live by the sea or get close to nature in rural open spaces, with some farmland and animals (known here as lifestyle blocks).
New Zealand is the perfect place to bring up children. There are wonderful opportunities for young people to grow up with easy access to sports and outdoors, space and freedom: to ride horses, to run along open beaches, to swim in clean water, to walk through native forests and to truly experience the beauty of nature.
Our wide-open spaces mean you have the choice of every style of living you and your family could want. There is a wide range of housing options in New Zealand in terms of style, quality and price depending on location.
Smaller, less crowded cities and towns make getting to and from work much easier. Expect to leave home at a decent hour and arrive back in time to achieve something in the evening.
What do Expats think of New Zealand?
It is stable, peaceful, and safer than just about anywhere else in the world – in fact, we are the second safest country in the world, according to the 2017 Global Peace Index.
76% of expat parents living in New Zealand felt that their “offspring are more healthy living in New Zealand” according to HSBC’s 2015 Expat Explorer survey. Nearly three in five agreed that they personally had become more physically active since their move. Expats rate New Zealand first in the world for ‘health’.
Developed Public Services
Individuals and families in New Zealand get great support from a range of public services. They can include access to welfare and support if someone has an accident or if either parent cannot work because of sickness or unemployment.
New Zealand‘s comprehensive health system is built on Kiwis’ inbuilt need to see that everyone gets “a fair go” in life. New Zealand residents benefit from free or low-cost healthcare thanks to heavy Government subsidies, and most non-residents can use healthcare services, dependent on their visa status.
New Zealand offers an excellent education system. For example, in what’s been called the “biggest ever global school rankings”, the OECD in 2015 put us comfortably in the top 20 nations for the quality of our schools.
New Zealand offers an excellent education system with all eight of our universities in the top 3% in the world. It is ranked as the #1 English speaking country in the world for preparing students for the future.
Add in a safe learning environment and a healthy dose of the outdoor recreation available in our wide-open spaces, and you have a recipe for producing resourceful and confident young adults ready to take on the world.