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New Zealand is a well kept secret.  Tucked away at the bottom of the Pacific, to the East of Australia, our country of 5.1 million is a growing mix of cultures, interests and economic drivers.

The country, which part of the British Commonwealth, is made of two main islands (with clever designations of North Island and South Island) as well as smaller islands and protectorates.

Generally speaking, Kiwis are gregarious and renowned triers – the first to successfully climb Mt Everest, the first country to give women the vote – and home of Xena and Lord of the Rings, being just a few of the bragging examples. 

And of course, the recent winners of the Americas Cup!   

Aside from being a country that values being adventurous, we are known for being clean and green (and vigilant about being so), and our obsession with Rugby (All Blacks!).

And yup- the high sheep to people ratio jokes are well earned although the people are gaining on the sheep (it’s down from 40 to 6 sheep to a person at the moment).  

Life in New Zealand

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The North Island

The majority of New Zealand’s population is within the North Island along with its capitol, Wellington, to the south of the Island, and its biggest city, Auckland, located in North Central.

The Island is largely known for its beaches, with the black sand to the west and array of gorgeous islands (Waiheke, Kawau and Great Barrier to name a few) to the East.

Auckland, also called the City of Sails, has a significant sailing community and host of two Americas Cups.  It’s also known for its volcanos – there are 48 within 25kms of the central city…all inactive!

While New Zealand overall is growing, Auckland is experiencing huge growth which is presenting infrastructure challenges but also big resource requirements (and overseas worker opportunities) for trade, tech and engineering professionals of various skill and qualification levels.    

The South Island

While the North Island is the most populous, and has the beaches and volcanos, the South Island has the awe inspiring inland mountainous landscapes.  As such, it’s a mecca for climbers and skiers, particularly a draw for those wanting to train and vacation during the northern summer.

South Island is a blend of heritages: its largest city, Christchurch, offers an English feel while 2nd largest city, Dunedin, was settled by Highlanders after the Highland wars and has a strong Scottish influence.  

Abel Tasman, in the northern region, was originally discovered by the explorer of the same name who was also responsible for giving New Zealand its name (Nova Zeelandia).


New Zealand (kiwi) culture is rooted in an outdoor lifestyle and a relaxed attitude. The Kiwi lifestyle revolves around a deep appreciation for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and water sports given our ready access to gorgeous beaches and amazing treks.

This connection to nature is complemented by a relaxed and easygoing demeanour. Kiwis value work-life balance, embodying a friendly and informal approach to living that is reflected in their attire, communication style, and overall attitude.


In 2023 New Zealand was rated as the 4th safest country in the world. NZ is considered a safe country due to our low crime rates, political stability, friendly and inclusive society, robust healthcare system and our isolated geographical location.

Wages & Salaries

Payroll in New Zealand tends to happen on a fortnightly or monthly basis, although some businesses may pay weekly.

As at 1 April 2023, the minimum wage is: NZ$22.70 p/hour which all adult employees must be paid. For migrants on accredited employer work visas, most employers are required to pay the median wage of $29.66 p/hour (increasing to $31.61 p/hour in February 2024).

Cost of Living

As noted, while salaries tend to be high compared to many countries, the cost of living can also be quite high for groceries, rent & living expenses. There is 15% tax on all goods and services (GST) in NZ.

That said, we have national healthcare and accident/injury coverage through the government which can be a huge cost savings – especially if you have a family.

Your decision will be a balance of potential higher costs in some areas relative to potential higher earnings and a lifestyle where true work life balance is honoured and expected. Click here to find out more.

Shopping and Eating Out

NZ malls and shops tend to close between 5-7pm most days. Bigger malls may offer Thursday or Friday late night shopping, and there is often longer trading hours closer to Christmas.

NZers tend to eat mainly between 6-8pm, and restaurant opening hours reflect this, with many closing by 9pm on weeknights. It is hard to find a good café open past 4pm!


NZ is considered to be a religiously diverse and open country, with a society that comprises a wide range of beliefs and faiths. NZ has freedom of religion, fostering an atmosphere where individuals are free to practice their chosen faiths without fear of discrimination.

Approx. 48% of NZers identify as having no religion.

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