Living in NZ

Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand, where the population is counted to be 1,69,000. However, Auckland is the largest city of the country. English, which used by 98% of the population is the official language of New Zealand. Maori, used by 4.2% of New Zealanders has also been given the status of an official language of the country. The religions, which are followed by the inhabitants of New Zealand, are Anglican, Presbyterian and catholic.

The presence of high mountains, glaciers, rain forests, fjords, geysers and unexplored beaches has resulted in the remarkable growth of the tourism industry in New Zealand. The country enjoys a huge footfall every year.

You can use the following links for getting different variations of New Zealand Map. You can also gather general and travel related information on New Zealand from the links given below. Starting from history, geography, information to economy, people, culture and flag of New Zealand here you will get every bit of essential information on the country.

From it's unique culture to our huge range of outdoor activities and our friendly, laidback attitude, New Zealand is an awesome place to live and play. With a temperate climate, easy access to thousands of miles of beautiful beaches, four weeks paid holiday a year, and a dedicated life/work balance – some call New Zealand has one of the best lifestyles in the world.

Get outside to play

There's always some adventure to be had in New Zealand. It really is a natural playground, one that New Zealanders treasure and enjoy daily.

New Zealanad has great surf beaches around the country, and in winter the lower South Island provides amazing snow mountains for winter sports. Everywhere you go there's something new to do, even if it's a relaxing picnic in one of our natural reserves.

Over 1/3 of New Zealand is made up of protected parkland and marine reserves. They encompass a wide variety of scenery, vegetation and geography, and offer numerous opportunities to camp, mountain bike, fish, hike and much more.

You'll find plenty of solo and team sports here. Some of their favourites include rugby, cricket, netball and swimming, but you'll also find everything from white-water rafting to hiking, football to basketball, fishing to skiing... and the list goes on!

Tourism

Natural treasures like glaciers, lakes, forests, endemic animals, and mountains have enriched tourism sector of New Zealand. NZ is a famous hub of adventure tourism, activities like camping, diving, skiing, surfing, horse riding, bungee jumping, hiking, sailing and rafting are quite poular attractions of the tourism of New Zealand.

The most visited places of New Zealand include:

Bay islands - Rotura - Queen stone - Milford Sound - Auckland - Christchurch - Wellington

A multicultural mix

Every person you'll meet in New Zealand is either an immigrant or a descendant of one, which gives New Zealand a true multicultural feel. The first settlers were the Maori who arrived over 700 years ago, followed in the nineteenth century by large numbers of immigrants from the United Kingdom. The end of World War II saw a dramatic increase in European migrants as citizens fled war-weary countries for a new start.

From the 1960s, people from neighbouring Pacific Islands including Samoa and Tonga began settling here, primarily in Auckland. Chinese and Korean migrants followed in the 1980s, many also making Auckland their new home. These migrants have given the city a very strong Pacific and Asian feel.

More recently, New Zealand has welcomed new residents from a wide range of countries such as the US, South Africa, Zimbabwe and India.

One of the things you'll find in New Zealand is the acceptance of different views and ideas. New Zealand is a modern, secular, democratic society, with no ingrained class system. Freedom of speech, expression and religious beliefs are guaranteed by law.

Some democratic milestones in New Zealand:

  • In 1893 New Zealand was the first country to give women the vote.
  • New Zealand was the first sovereign state to introduce free public health services and a minimum wage.
  • Our country remains a nuclear free zone despite having faced strong outside pressures.
  • In 2004 the Civil Unions Bill was passed, which gives both opposite and same-sex couples similar rights to married couples.

In short, New Zealanders are a diverse and tolerant lot.

Quality of Life

In many ways, it's not what New Zealand has that's important to quality of life here; it's what they don't have.

  • Don't have abject poverty or hunger, largely because of a commitment to social welfare dating back to the 1930s.
  • Corruption is virtually unheard of. New Zealand was ranked the 2nd least corrupt country in the world in the 2008 Corruption Perception Index by Transparency International.
  • Don't have the pollution, congestion, health issues and cramped city living that is often the case elsewhere.

What they have is equal opportunity where people are not judged on their gender, how they sound, what colour they are, how they vote, or where – if – they go to church.

It all adds up to a fresh, healthy lifestyle in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

Source: Immigration New Zealand