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Why Settle in NZ?

The people bound in a culture that blends European and Maori ancestry are resourceful, helpful and friendly. New Zealanders love to travel and enjoy meeting people from other cultures. They are famous for their warm hospitality to immigrants. A wide variety of ethnic communities reside in New Zealand - it is one of the most multicultural societies in the world.

English is the everyday language of New Zealanders and there is strong English language support for immigrants.

World class education in New Zealand offers an attractive and stimulating academic environment.

A great variety of recreational and cultural experiences are available in a country renowned for its natural beauty. The climate is pleasant with little seasonal change especially in the north - conducive to study and recreation.

The cost of living in New Zealand compares favourably with other countries.

Numerous surveys* show Auckland city as one of the top 5 cities to live in the world.* 2009 Trip Advisor, 2008/2009 Mercer Consulting Survey

Some other New Zealand cities are also among the worlds most popular travel destinations.

 

ABOUT NEW ZEALAND

Geography

New Zealand lies in the southern Pacific Ocean, 1,600 km east of Australia.  It is made up of the North and South Islands and a number of smaller islands, with a total land area of 268,021 sq km. Mountain ranges and hill country dominate New Zealand's landscape.

One of the most striking physical features is the Southern Alps - Kä Tiritiri o te Moana. These, along with fiords, glaciers and lakes, and the coastal plains of Canterbury and Southland, add to the variety of the South Island scenery.

In the North Island, the volcanic interior contains New Zealand's largest lake, Lake Taupo.

Most of the country's active volcanoes - Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro - are all usually quiet, although Ruapehu has been mildly active since September 1995.

Hot springs, geysers and mud pools form part of the volcanic system to be seen around the city of Rotorua.

The winterless north starts with the city of Auckland and extends to Cape Reinga in between beaches and islands feature in one of the countries largest recreational zones.
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Climate

January and February are New Zealand's warmest months and July normally its coldest.

The climate is temperate - averages range from 8°C in July to 25°C in January - but summer temperatures occasionally reach the 30s in many inland and eastern regions.

The mean average rainfall varies widely - from less than 400 mm in Central Otago to over 12,000 mm in the Southern Alps.

For most of the North Island and the Northern South Island, the driest season is summer.  However, for the West Coast of the South Island and much of inland Canterbury, Otago and Southland, winter is the driest season.

Discovery

Polynesian settlers arrived in Aotearoa / New Zealand about the 10th century, and by the 12th century settlements were scattered around the coastline. The Dutch navigator Abel Tasman visited Aotearoa briefly in 1642.  However, it was not until 1769 that the British naval captain James Cook and his crew became the first Europeans to explore New Zealand's coastline thoroughly.
 

Population

Comparable in size and/or shape to Great Britain, Colorado or Japan, New Zealand has a population of about 3.95 million (June 2002) - making it one of the world's least crowded countries. Over 30 percent of New Zealanders live in the Auckland Region (1.25 million). Auckland is the fastest growing region in New Zealand.

Over three-quarters of New Zealanders live in urban areas.
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Currency

New Zealand's unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). Coins have values of 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, $1 and $2; notes have values of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.

There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought in or taken out of New Zealand. However, every person who carries more than NZ $10,000 in cash in or out of New Zealand is required to complete a Border Cash Report.

Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, some hotels and Bureau de Change kiosks, which are found at international airports and most city centers.

All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand. Travelers Cheques are accepted at hotels, banks and some stores.
 

Time Zone

New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day, 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). In summer New Zealand uses daylight saving, with clocks put forward one hour to GMT+13. Daylight saving begins on the last  Sunday in September and ends on the third Sunday of the following March, when clocks are put back to GMT+12.
     

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