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.