Choosing New Zealand

New Zealand Aotearoa, the Land of the Long White Cloud, is one of the most beautiful and scenic places in the world.

Our Location

Located in Oceania, New Zealand sits comfortably in the South Pacific Ocean, just east of Australia and south of the South Pacific Islands. Our country is made up of two large islands known as the North and South Island. We also have hundreds of smaller islands, the most populated of these being Stewart Island, the Chatham Islands, Great Barrier Island, and Waiheke Island.

Our People

New Zealand is a relatively young and small country with just under 5 million people, fondly called Kiwis. Our people are made up of over 213 ethnic groups, making us one of the most diverse countries in the world.

Our History

Māori are the indigenous people of Aoteroa. Our unique cultural customs began with the 1840 signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Our Languages

Te Reo Māori, along with English and New Zealand Sign Language, are the official languages of New Zealand.

While official business is conducted in English; in the recent years, the use of Te Reo Māori has increased, particularly greetings.

Our Government

 New Zealand is a constitutional monarchy under England; however, the country governs itself through a parliamentary system. Headed by the Prime Minister, New Zealand’s Parliament consists of the Sovereign and the House of Representatives. The seat of Government is located in the capital city, Wellington.

Climate and Weather

New Zealand has a temperate climate but because of our geographical location, New Zealand weather is unpredictable. The far north offers a warmer climate as opposed to the south, where winters can be as cold as -10°C. The warmest months are January and February, with July being the coldest month of the year.


We have four seasons in New Zealand:

Summer | December – February
Autumn | March – May
Winter | June – August
Spring | September – November

Working in New Zealand

Rated second in the world for work-life balance in the HSBC 2018 Expat Explorer Survey, New Zealand is a popular choice for expats, who desire a balanced lifestyle of career and personal life.

While career progression and success are important to New Zealanders, balancing work and relaxation is of equal value to us. New Zealand’s landscape and proximity to various tracks, oceans, and recreational activities makes it easy for us to step away and unplug.

It’s not just the expats who feel this way about the NZ work and lifestyle. Employers are completely on board, offering employees a minimum of 20 days annual leave, allowing you to have plenty of time to relax, enjoy time with family, or even explore the country on via road trips.

  • Due to our location and population, there are several skills that are in demand throughout the year. Immigration New Zealand provides a Skill Shortage List Checker that helps you identify if your occupation skills are in demand.

    If you receive an employment offer for a job that appears on the skill shortage list, getting a valid visa will be a simpler process for you.

    Check out the full list of current skill shortages in New Zealand:

In order to work in New Zealand, it is likely that you will require a visa or relevant job offer.

There are a number of visas available to expats; each with its own criteria for eligibility and application process.

Not sure what kind of visa you need?

Living in New Zealand

Considered as New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland offers a cosmopolitan lifestyle to those seeking both an urban and marine experience. With a population of close to 1.6 million, Auckland makes up a third of New Zealand population.Auckland is located in the North Island and is known for its slightly warmer climate. Its geographical location provides easy access to a range of recreational activities, making it an exciting place for expats to live.

Discover more about Auckland.

  • The Lonely Planet has named Wellington as the coolest little capital in the world, and we couldn’t agree more. Widely recognised for its artistic flavour, Wellington boasts of its excellent cafe scene, perfect coffee, and specialist craft beer. The small size of the capital makes it one big, charming village.

    The film capital and the heart of New Zealand’s arts and culture scene, Wellington is home to the world renowned Te Papa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand) and Weta Workshop.

    Discover more about Wellington

Christchurch City is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. Known as the Garden City, it is surrounded by beautiful parks and gardens, and its streets are lined with lush trees. It is home to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Hagley Park, and the Orana Wildlife Park, an open-range zoo.

In recent years, Christchurch has undergone some monumental changes. Changes to this bustling city have opened up opportunities for new architecture, infrastructure, and business ventures.

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Home to over 140,000 residents, Tauranga is New Zealand’s fifth largest city. This city of blue skies sits on the water’s edge and is known for its relaxed lifestyle. Now a major city, access to Tauranga is easy with direct flights to and from Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.

Tauranga is the economic hub of the Western Bay of Plenty, with many national and international business based in the developing city. It is home to the Port of Tauranga, which is New Zealand’s largest export port.

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We know that uprooting your life and moving to another country is a big decision. To ensure that you settle well into New Zealand, the Government provides ample support for new migrants:

New Zealand Now
A website that includes national and regional information, settlement tips, and places where new migrants can get settlement support.

New to New Zealand Facebook Page
Facebook site for recent migrants provides helpful information about settling into New Zealand

Citizens Advice Bureau – Migrant Connect
A face-to-face information service for migrants, delivered by Citizens Advice Bureau New Zealand (CAB) in 30 offices nationwide

Info Now
A free service providing information to new migrants, in their preferred language.

Housing in New Zealand is varied and there are many options to choose from, depending on the lifestyle you desire.

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All children aged 6 to 16 years in New Zealand must attend school. School sizes in New Zealand vary according to location.

The New Zealand Education System

The NZ Education System has three levels:

  • Early Childhood Education – from birth to 5 years
  • Primary and Secondary School – from 5 to 19 years
  • Further Education – Higher and Vocational education

Learn more about the New Zealand Education System

Types of Schools and Costs

There are three types of schools in New Zealand:

  • State Schools – Schools owned and funded by the government
  • State Integrated Schools – Schools with a special character
  • Private Schools – schools that charge set fees for a term or year

Learn more about the types of schools

School Terms

The New Zealand school year starts in January, with four terms in each school year:

  • Term 1: January to April
  • Term 2: May to July
  • Term 3: July to September
  • Term 4: October to December

Learn more about School Terms