From a Perspective: What New Zealand life is really like

Relocations are not easy tasks to accomplish. There is usually a learning curve related to these things—mostly, you’re going to try and fit into a totally different landscape. In New Zealand, though, it’s a totally different experience too, and for good reason.

Here are a few choice insights from people who’ve been to the country and back—and back again.

People are friendly in New Zealand. If you’re thinking about going, studying, or relocating to New Zealand, it’s one of the wisest choices you’ve ever made. The people are one of, if not the, friendliest people on Earth. Sure, every person varies, but you’re generally going to feel welcome with the locals.

The prices are not friendly. You have to be prepared for New Zealand’s quite pricey lifestyle, though. There are a lot of things here that cost more than anywhere else, but you should be fine. After all, living here is still cheaper than if you’re living in Australia.

Tips aren’t necessary. If you’re going to live here, you might as well act like a local. That means that tipping—a usual custom—isn’t required as much here. The wages here are pretty good compared to other countries. Tips are seen as happy accidents rather than required.

The forces of nature. Living in New Zealand requires you to adjust to some pretty extreme natural conditions. The wind here is pretty strong. The earthquakes aren’t much, but there are small shocks you could feel, so you should learn not to panic.

The culture is different here. What else is there to say? You should learn to adjust to New Zealand, but thankfully, it’s not that hard. The culture has a slightly different and interesting learning curve to adjust to, but it’s not as difficult to adhere to as in other cultures.

It’s not that hard to adjust to a certain place. You should just prepare ahead so that, when you finally relocate, you have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Living, studying, or visiting New Zealand is the same, but if you’re armed with preparation, then you’re good to go.

Forewarned is Forearmed: Arming Yourself for New Zealand

New Zealand can be a completely tempting place to visit. It offers educational scholarships, the scenery is spectacular, and the culture even more so! However, are you sure you’re ready for that jump to the big time?

Knowing New Zealand before even going there

There are quite a few things to know before going to the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’. Here they are.

  • The Wrong side of the Road. Just like when you’re in Europe, there’s a certain quirk found on the roads of New Zealand. As with other places in the world, road signs here tend to be different. Educate yourself before traveling.
  • Not just ‘Lord of the Rings’ country. Looking for any Instragram-worthy places to go to? If you chose New Zealand, you won’t be disappointed. It’s one of the most picturesque countries in the world, but that’s not all that the place has to offer. Learn to explore.
  • Viking-like. In movies, Vikings are most usually seen eating meat. In New Zealand, meat is the preferred dish just because there’s an abundance of it. Not so much because of their culture or of a drive to imitate the Vikings, mind you.
  • Unique slang. If the Australians have a unique slang to them, the same goes for Kiwis. They’ve got a unique way of saying things and an original way of composing sentences. It’s best to carry around a guide to their language as you’re starting out.
  • Nature lovers. If you’ve gone to New Zealand to check out what nature has given them, they’re going to love you for it. Kiwis are naturally inclined to the great outdoors, since its one thing most abundant about their country.

Time to work on it

Have you thought about visiting New Zealand for vacation or even to partake in one of the many scholarships they offer? New Zealand has a lot more to offer than just these. The fun part is discovering for yourself what they may have in store for you.

Study Abroad: A List of Things to know before Studying in New Zealand


So you’ve come to fall in love with New Zealand and you want to study there. Cheer up! There are a lot of things you could do in preparation for that big move. Most of them, you really need to get prepared for.

Pack for the Weather

The weather in New Zealand is unpredictable, and that’s putting it gently. On a given day, you may get to experience all seasons that happen in this place. Learn to pack for the weather and you’re good.

Don’t be afraid to explore

New Zealand is an awesome place to be in. If you find yourself lost, ask for directions from the locals. Other than that, enjoy what the country has to offer. You might find yourself discovering new places.

Be sure of your destination

There are different places one can visit in New Zealand to study. However, with rules being what they are, you should have an idea of where you want to study in New Zealand well before going there.

Be mindful of local cultures

In New Zealand, unless you’re a local with a little Maori blood in you, you should be aware of cultural appropriation. That is, anything the Maori consider sacred to their culture, you should probably leave behind or leave alone.

Take advantage of the scholarships

New Zealand universities—all eight of them—offer scholarships for people who want to study. Applications can be done through the web. Remember to follow the rules in applying for a scholarship to avoid any problems.

Just enjoy the culture

New Zealand has been famous for its cities as well as the many places to visit. While studying there, why not understand their culture and tradition as well? New Zealand is not only Christchurch—there’s also Hamilton, Tauranga, and Napier-Hastings.

Visiting another place to learn of the culture is always fun if you know what to bring or if you’re prepared. Visiting New Zealand? As always, learn to be mindful of the people around you, and you’re going to avoid running into all sorts of problems.