A small nation with a lot to offer expats
People move to New Zealand with long-term stays in mind, and it's easy to see why
Although aptly named the adventure capital of the world, with skydiving above the mountains and heli-hikes over the glacier topping the list, the more relaxed way of life in New Zealand is what draws in many new residents each year. Expats feel the benefits of the laid-back lifestyle, with more free time after work to experience the huge variety of activities on offer during the day and the evenings. All this leads to most new citizens experiencing a better quality of life and better mental wellbeing than in their home country. Good governance is also a major lure for expats in search of political stability.
New Zealanders also live up to their friendly reputation, and expats can expect a warm welcome. For those moving with children, parents can be assured that New Zealand is a safe place for families who enjoy making use of the many public spaces and free, fun-filled outdoor activities. Although the cost of living is higher for some, the majority of expats seem keen to make the country their permanent home, moving most of their wealth with them and making saving for retirement their top financial priority.