The good and the bad of New Zealand

You can’t get much further away from the UK than New Zealand. Before embarking on a move to the other side of the planet it is a good idea to know the good and the bad.

The Good

New Zealand is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. It’s a favourite place for moviemakers and tourists alike thanks to its unspoilt wilderness and wide diversity of environments. The mountains are similar to those found in the Swiss Alps, whereas the grasslands are like a slice of Britain moved thousands of miles. Lakes and rolling hills give the country an idyllic feel, making the country an ideal place to embrace a slower way of life. The population of New Zealand is only four million strong and yet the country itself is similar in size to the UK resulting in vast empty spaces to enjoy.

The local population or kiwis as they are affectionately called are regarded as some of the most polite friendly people around, of course there will be a minority of not so nice ones but overall they are welcoming to newcomers. If you’re a sports fanatic then New Zealand is the place for you. Rugby, cricket and many other sports are part of the nation’s favourite pastimes. Combined with a high standard of living and good healthcare New Zealand is a very appealing place to live.

The Bad

New Zealand’s weather is not as warm or sunny as that found in Australia, in a lot of ways it is similar to the British climate. Hot summers can be erratic and freezing winters can strike just like in Britain. It’s location near the South pole and the hole in the ozone layer makes New Zealanders highly vulnerable to sunburn and skin cancer, so it pays to be extra careful when out and about on a sunny day.

New Zealand is also geologically active and is home to several Volcanoes and prone to Earthquakes. The country’s second largest city, Christchurch was devastated by a quake in June 2011 killing 185 people. Fortunately these events are rare but it pays to take precautions in case of a disaster. Petty crime is also quite high in New Zealand so it is advised that you take all the precautions you would make in the UK.

Its small population is both a good thing and a bad thing. Jobs are in short supply and in high demand making prospective job seeking difficult.

Whilst most New Zealanders are friendly there is a slight culture barrier between Brits and Kiwis. Often friendly rivalry is the norm but just like anywhere it’s unfortunately home to racists and generally unpleasant individuals.

Just like any country New Zealand has its negative points but if you don’t let your fear of deadly natural disasters get to you it is a place of wonderful opportunities.

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