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About New Zealand

Life in New Zealand

Balanced Lifestyle

If you're looking for a more balanced lifestyle, you'll find New Zealand's got the recipe just right.

It's why we're consistently at or near the top of surveys comparing quality of life internationally.And why three quarters of recent migrants decide they want to stay permanently, according to an Immigration New Zealand survey - with nine out of ten prepared to recommend New Zealand to family and friends.Get a career. And a life.Working hard and getting ahead is considered a virtue in New Zealand. You'll find we're a well-developed, connected country and we can offer all sorts lots of opportunities to advance and broaden your career.But, just as important to us is life away from the job. Good living in New Zealand is about balancing an honest day's work with social fun, time at home with your family and taking advantage of all the recreational opportunities you can enjoy here.

You'll find the pace of life here is less stressed. And there are all sorts of opportunities to get outdoors and be as physical as you want - from lazing on an uncrowded beach to getting close to nature in the bush or hooping it down a mountain bike track. Enjoying the outdoors isn't just a rural privilege - you can experience this lifestyle while living in our cities too.

There's a lively arts scene with heaps going on in music, theatre, film and comedy. And you get a good dose of annual leave plus public holidays so there's plenty of time to enjoy all the great things New Zealand has to offer.

You also get to choose the lifestyle you've dreamed of - whether it's a modern apartment in a lively urban environment, a home with a garden and room for the kids to play, somewhere by the seaside or maybe a rural retreat. You'll enjoy the food and wine here, and you certainly won't miss those big commutes.

Every country has a certain amount of natural beauty to boast about. New Zealand just happens to have more, lots more.

Even better, it's not just concentrated in a few highlights tucked away in the backblocks. Great scenery surrounds us. Even in the biggest cities you're never far from the coasts, the bush and the hills if you're not actually living there already.

Connected to the land

When you're given something so precious, you want to look after it. New Zealanders feel a special connection with the land that is reflected in a great sense of guardianship. It's also displayed in a deep-seated need to get out and engage with the outdoors. So there are lots of ways to experience New Zealand's beauty other than just sightseeing.

You can have a lot of New Zealand all to yourself thanks to a low population density that means it's easy to get away from the crowds. While we get a fair share of wild weather, the lack of extremes in our climate also makes it relatively easy to get into nature. We don't have the months of baking heat or intense snow that make it hard to get around.

A Warm Welcome

New Zealanders are typically welcoming to newcomers - because we know what it's like.

We're great international travellers ourselves, and nearly a quarter of us were born outside New Zealand anyway. In total over 90% of us say we have some connection with another country through family, friends or interests.

That all adds up to a warm welcome. In fact, nine out of ten migrants find that the welcome they receive when they first arrive meets or exceeds their expectations, according to a recent Immigration New Zealand survey.

You'll find New Zealanders operate with an easy informality that makes it easy for new migrant to fit in - although you may have to make the first approach. We're a bit shy about imposing ourselves on strangers - we're not the types who share their whole life story with you in the first five minutes of meeting you.

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