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  Recommended Reading For Expats Moving To New Zealand


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New Zealand has become one of the leading tourist destinations, especially with the colossal success of the film adaptation of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series which was shot almost entirely in New Zealand. Scenic beauty aside, New Zealand’s pleasant climate, booming economy and hospitable population make it an attractive destination for working professionals and business entrepreneurs. Moving to a new country means more than just a change in zip code, it is a whole new lifestyle and it can be pretty scary and intimidating.   more ...

  A Few Tips For Expats Driving In New Zealand


Articles - New Zealand

It is easy to travel around in New Zealand due to its size. Within a few hours, you can make the journey from one city to another on either of the two main islands. But many roads have winding and uneven terrain that could pose a challenge for new drivers. Here are some driving tips for expats in New Zealand.

Eligibility

Expats who want to drive in New Zealand must have a current driver’s license. If the license is not in English, an approved translation or international driving permit is also necessary. This allows you to drive for up to 12 months from the date you arrive in the country.   more ...

  Enjoy Awesome Activities on New Zealand's South Island


Kaikoura coastline
Articles - New Zealand

New Zealand's South Island, though referred to as the "Mainland", should not be confused with other land masses that bear that name: we tend to associate that term with the most populous areas of any given country, and the South Island is certainly not that (less than a fourth of New Zealand's total population lives here, despite the South Island covering a third more space than the North Island).

The island largely enjoys a temperate climate (though with winter and summer months being the opposite of what residents of the Northern Hemisphere expect), though a variety of different weather conditions lead to both a diversified terrain and diversified lifestyles among the South Island inhabitants. Though there are plenty of opportunities on this picturesque isle for doing business, its main selling point may be the opportunities it presents for leisure and adventure.   more ...

  Current Employment Opportunities in New Zealand


Articles - New Zealand

Despite New Zealand's limited manufacturing and IT sectors, the country has much to recommend it as a workplace: whatever the local portrait of economic diversity may be, New Zealand was rated by the International Herald Tribune as the "most business-friendly country in the world", and more recently as number three in the World Bank's "Ease of Doing Business" rankings (edged out only by Singapore and Hong Kong). New Zealand workers' salaries are fairly competitive, with the average hourly wage in the private sector being $25.42 in local currency, and average weekly earnings of around $1,320. Many other economic indicators for New Zealand are also very positive, such as last year's 7% reduction in the number of unemployed (a number which places it among the best of the developed nations).

However, factors such as the cost of living and lack of obstructions to commerce are not the only draws to the country, and few "Kiwis" would make these the only items on a list of the best things about New Zealand life. One of New Zealand's most lucrative industries - tourism - will probably hint at another reason that many see it as a great country to relocate to. The islands' stunning natural beauty, and the local commitment to stewardship of this environment, are in a class all of their own.   more ...

  North or South Island? The Expat Dilemma When Moving to New Zealand


Milford Sound, New Zealand (South Island)
Articles - New Zealand

New Zealand is an English speaking country, with a good climate, spacious and luscious landscape/scenery and a good quality of life. In fact, the number one dilemma facing people who have chosen to move to the country is whether to locate in the North or South island, as both are arguably great choices for working and settling in a new life.

In New Zealand they offer Brits (under the age of 30) the chance to apply for a working holiday visa (lasting up to two years) and there is a need for various skilled workers. With a number of factors pointing to New Zealand as a good bet for expats, the question is where in the country to reside.   more ...

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