There’s no one best place in New Zealand to head off – it all depends on your intentions. Whether you’ll give priority to your job and move to a place with excellent job prospects or you prefer to run away from the crowded metropolitan area and get back to nature – it’s all your choice!
Auckland is the largest city with a population of over 1.2 million people. It’s a multicultural and industrial centre. The city transport is perfectly organized and you can find accommodation easily. Although Auckland is considered an expensive destination, it’s an ideal place to start your new life.
This is the second-largest city in the country with an excellent climate, educational and social facilities and you can get a perfect combination of working and relaxing here.
It is the windy capital city of New Zealand and the first place where European settlers arrived. It’s also an administrative and cultural centre with some of the best galleries, museums and restaurants in New Zealand. Its hilly terrain automatically grabs all newcomers’ attention offering a spectacular city view both at day and nighttimes.
This is a lovely city located alongside the longest New Zealand’s river – the Waikato river. Its major benefit is the short distance to beaches, mountains, lakes and caves. It offers a great outdoor life. It’s also a student centre with more than 25,000 people involved in studies.
Cost of Living
According to Mercer’s Cost of Living Survey, New Zealand’s major cities are more affordable compared to the metropolitans in the USA or in some European areas.
New Zealand Cost of Living
Meal in a Restaurant
Beer (0.5 liter)
Water (0.33 liter)
Transportation One-way Ticket (Local Transport)
Gasoline (1 liter)
Utilities (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 1 bedroom apartment (Monthly)
1 min. of Mobile Tariff Local
Internet (6 Mbps)
Rent Per Month (1 bedroom apartment) in City Centre
Rent Per Month (1 bedroom apartment) Outside of City Centre
Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax)
Paying Taxes in New Zealand
The tax year in New Zealand is from 1 April to 31 March. More information on the biggest Advantages of the New Zealand Tax system, considered as the second most competitive system in the world, read here.
New Zealand can boast with a temperate climate. It gets colder as you move south and warmer on the north. The highest temperatures are between January and February while July is the coldest month. Summer is from December to February, autumn is from March to May, winter is from June to August and spring is from September to November.
The average temperatures in summer vary between 20 – 30ºC and in the winter between 10 – 15ºC.
Although New Zealand climate is moderate without large temperature range, it may change suddenly so you can experience all 4 seasons in one day. New Zealand is sunnier than Western Europe and the three largest cities in New Zealand are among the sunniest places in the country. It’s snowing usually between June and October; mountain areas get the most snow.
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