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Our Brand New Top 5 Reasons to Move to New Zealand

Young Girl on Rope Swing under Pohutukawa Tree, Whangapoua Beach, Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand

Whangapoua Beach, Coromandel, New Zealand

After a quick break from blogging, it’s really good to be back.  We’re sure our blog will be just as informative, inspirational, and educational as it ever was!

To kick things off again, today we’re sharing our Top 5 Reasons to Move to New Zealand.  As the Working In office is in Auckland, New Zealand, it’s a location that we know pretty well.  It’s not a fluffy, feel-good Top 5 list (we’ll do one of those next week though!) – it’s a solid, sensible set of reasons to move here, that may influence you if you are seriously considering moving country.

  1. The New Zealand economy is strong post-recession, with solid domestic consumption demand coupled with low inflation, and a low unemployment rate of 5.7%.
  1. NZ has 10% more land mass than the UK – but the population hasn’t even hit 4.5 million yet. That’s a lot more space for you, and your children, to make the most of.
  1. In 2014, New Zealand was ranked by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the #1 place in the world to raise children. 
  1. NZ has one of the lowest personal tax rates in the world, with 70% of its residents on a 19.5% tax rate. Also, the GST is 15%, compared to 20% VAT in the UK, and 23% in Ireland.
  1. Kiwis are renowned for being laid back, chilled out people – which reflects the relaxed lifestyle people in New Zealand enjoy!

Just five reasons why we love living here!  We do hope to see you over here at some point soon.

All the Best,

Working In Team

Sources:  Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (New Zealand), Lonely Planet, Emigration Group (UK)

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Top five things to do in New Zealand during the summer

Sorry to rub it in to anyone currently residing in the northern hemisphere, but down here in the southern hemisphere it’s that glorious slide into summer. As thoughts turn more summery (and sunshiny), here’s our pick of the top five things to do that really show off New Zealand at its sunny best. It’s pretty hard to whittle down the to-do list but this is our attempt – purely based on personal experiences!

PS: We’ll follow this up with the top five things to do in Australia and Canada too in the coming weeks.

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1. Tongariro alpine crossing

If you’re a fan of Lord of the Rings (let’s face it, if you’re considering a move to New Zealand, you should be), then you’ll love the chance to walk through what was used by the film crew as Mordor. Touted as one of the world’s best day walks, a 19.4km walk will see you tackling steep climbs, catching glimpses of hidden emerald lakes and feasting your eyes upon old lava flows, active craters and thermal steam vents. Even if the idea of walking up a serious sweat doesn’t get the adrenalin pumping enough, you might like to know that Tongariro has recently started erupting again after a 115-year silence – thrilling enough for you now?

2. Rotorua

Don’t let the smell of rotten eggs pervading the region put you off – it’s the smell of living, breathing New Zealand (well, sulphur actually). Nowhere else in NZ are you as close to its geology than in Rotorua, where steam spews from the earth, mud bubbles in pools and geysers erupt from the hot ground. The geothermal heartland of New Zealand, immerse yourself in exploring thermal parks. Or if the smell gets a bit overpowering, Rotorua is also renowned for its proud Maori culture where you can experience traditional crafts, music and legends.

3. Bay of Islands

Close to the tip of New Zealand’s north island lies the spectacular Bay of Islands, comprising of 144 islands all ripe for exploring. The best way to explore these is on water, whether you fancy fishing, snorkelling or kayaking. You can’t visit the Bay of Islands without joining a dolphin watching tour where pods of dolphins leap through the unbelievably blue water. Additionally, from the Bay of Islands you can travel north to Cape Reinga (where the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea meet) and 90-mile beach, a world of forest, sand and ocean waves.

4. The Coromandel

Known as the playground of Aucklanders, the Coromandel is a wonderland of golden beaches and natural beauty, including rainforests. You can relax in your own spa at Hot Water beach where you can dig your own hot pool to laze the day away in. Access the spectacular Cathedral Cove on foot or by boat or explore the old tunnels, walkways and rich history of the Karangahake Gorge. Although with views and surroundings as stunning as this, we won’t blame you for just lounging on the beach.

5. Queenstown

Arguably we’re saving the best for last here. The jewel in New Zealand’s crown is Queenstown in the south island – the adventure capital of the country. Whether you fancy hurtling downhill incredibly quickly on a luge; bungy jumping from the world’s first bungy site (or New Zealand’s highest); or jet boating through one of the world’s most scenic settings; you can do it all in Queenstown. If just reading that makes your palms sweaty, you’ll be glad to hear Queenstown is equally phenomenal if you don’t fancy risking mortal injury. Explore historic Arrowtown or take advantage of Queenstown being the gateway to the Milford Sound and all the cascading waterfalls, sheer rock faces and serene beauty it offers.

Over to you

Have you been to New Zealand? What was your top five? And if you haven’t been yet, what are you most tempted to try?

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