New Zealand has been ranked as one of the best countries to live in by multiple studies. With its reputation of being a safe place to live, endless career and education opportunities, and breath-taking views, it’s no wonder people choose to settle down in little old New Zealand.
Understandably, when moving to New Zealandthere are many questions around choosing the city to settle down long term. To make it easy for you, below are the top eight cities in New Zealand and what they have to offer.ll the friendly team to discuss your moving options.
Starting off with the capital city, Wellington is the heart of New Zealand’s creative culture. It has many boutique and artistic cafes located around the city which are very easy to find and get to via public transport. Since it is not as big as Auckland, the best method of transport around the inner city is to walk so that you can experience all the vibes from the street performers and shops along the way. What makes this place so great to live in is that it has so much going on and there is something for everyone, from the Parliament building to the Food Night markets, from Sir Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop to the famous ‘cake tin’ Westpac sports stadium.
If you want to settle in a city where there are endless job opportunities, Auckland is your city. It is New Zealand’s largest city and foreign investors particularly like settling there. Be warned that the Auckland traffic can get quite congested, so it might take a while between commutes, but if you’re going to one of Auckland’s greatest attractions like their beaches, then it will be well worth the wait. Since Auckland is so big, they have the biggest and best multicultural college festival in New Zealand. This festival brings all people together to share ethnic food and witness cultural performances from each college.
3. Mount Manganui
You may be ready to move to New Zealand but are not quite ready to leave the tropical warmth of Australia. If this is you, then your place to go is Mount Manganui. Located on the east coast of the North Island, it boasts white, sandy beaches and is a great compromise for parents that are wanting to find their retirement home, while still providing great education opportunities for their children. Mount Manganui is also the city where many of the New Zealand national sports teams train which provides great exposure for aspiring athletes.
Christchurch has arguably one of the most tight-knit communities in New Zealand. This has come about through the re-development of their city since the 2011 earthquake. Another silver lining is the people’s can-do attitude which has seen the city return to a warm-lively city with many interesting architectural spots. Since the city is constantly developing, there are so many great job opportunities not just for builders and architects, but for anyone looking at starting up a business.
If the idea of a small, relaxing city to live in appeals to you, then you should seriously consider settling down in Nelson. Home to one of New Zealand’s gems, Golden Bay, this little city is also surrounded by great wineries, hiking tracks, breath-taking scenes and white sandy beaches. It’s an ideal place to start a family or to even retire in. This city is so versatile and has so much to offer everyone.
If you want to live somewhere that has a great farming culture, you will enjoy life in Hamilton. The biggest benefit from living here is that you can explore the untouched greenery which provides great learning opportunities for you and your family and promises many adventures to be had. There is also a small town which lights up at night and has great pubs and cafes for Sunday brunch. Hamilton is also well-known for its rugby and is now the host of New Zealand’s leg of the HSBC Rugby Sevens tournament. Hamilton is also the host of the annual Maori Kapa Haka competition, Matatini, this is one of the most important events of the year for Aotearoa and a surreal experience.
Rated one of New Zealand’s most beautiful places to live, Queenstown has been the choice of many marriage proposals and honeymoon getaways. When you see how breath-taking the views are, you will know exactly why. Queenstown has so much to offer from extreme adventure sports to luxury spas and hot pools. Since this city is a huge tourist attraction, it is a great opportunity to start up a business as you will always find tourists ready to work. Being such an attraction also comes at a price and Queenstown can be known to be pricey so be ready to pay slightly more for things than you would in some other cities. However, what you find in Queenstown you most certainly will not find anywhere else, so it is worth every penny.
8. Waiheke Island
Not far from Auckland, in the Hauraki Gulf you will find Waiheke Island. This tiny island has hosted some of the world’s biggest celebrities. As there are not very many career opportunities on the island, it is very much a place you choose to retire in. However, if you are looking for jobs, fortunately Auckland is only a 35-minute ferry ride away. Waiheke has one of the best summers you will find in New Zealand with temperatures reaching an average of 29 degrees. There are also two schools on the island meaning it definitely is a child-friendly place to live, and since it is so small, the community is very close and welcoming.
Now that you have your best 8 options, you must be getting excited but also a bit nervous about actually making the big move from Australia to New Zealand. What will alleviate a lot of the stress is hiring professional movers who can do it all for you. John Ryan Removals are well-experienced with helping people make big international moves. Their flexible service can ship to all major ports in New Zealand at a very cost-effective rate. Read more about how they keep all your belongings safe and protected during the big move. Call our friendly team to discuss your moving options.