Living in New Zealand
Although New Zealand has been relatively successful managing the spread of COVID-19 it has changed the way we live and work. We follow a set of rules to slow and manage the spread and impact of each new variant of COVID-19; these rules may be different to the ones in place in your home country.
New Zealanders enjoy the benefits of a comprehensive and heavily subsidised healthcare system. Public healthcare in New Zealand is free or low cost if you hold a work visa valid for two years or more, are a citizen, or a resident. You can choose to take out medical insurance for private healthcare, although many New Zealanders choose not to.
Housing in Aotearoa is as varied as our people. Whether you're looking for an outdoor lifestyle, a place in the heart of the city, or a family home with room for the kids to run around, you'll find it here.TradeMe and realestate.co.nz are great websites to help you find a property to rent or buy.
Schools and education
If you have children, getting them settled in a good school will be a top priority. New Zealand offers a world-class education system that is safe, modern and responsive. Our vast open spaces allow for a healthy dose of outdoor recreation, ensuring a well-rounded education from early childhood to secondary school and beyond.
Cost of living
What it costs to live in New Zealand may be different to your home country, depending where you're coming from and where you decide to settle. You may like to use Immigration New Zealand's calculator to find out what your income and expenses may be in Aotearoa.
Māori culture is an important part of life in Aotearoa New Zealand. It influences our food, our language, our attitudes, what children learn at school, and how the country is governed.
Two important aspects of Māori tikanga (customs and protocol) are:
- Manaakitanga: welcoming and looking after guests by offering hospitality, generosity and mutual respect.
- Kaitiakitanga: the strong sense of respect and guardianship Māori have for the natural environment.
Recreation and activities
There's something for everyone in Aotearoa. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie, outdoor festival go-er, avid hiker, or fine wine connoisseur, there are endless activities and places for you to enjoy. Kick back at the beach in summer or head to the slopes for a weekend of skiing in winter.