Why New Zealand?
New Zealand offers a microcosm of all the world's natural environments - active volcanoes, thermal geysers, boiling mud, ancient virgin rainforests and forests of kauri, some of the most awesome trees on earth. There are glaciers descending into rainforests, dolphins to swim with, whale-watching boat trips, or you can fish for trout in clear lakes and streams, walk on remote beaches where there are no other foot prints and enjoy more than 18,000 kilometres of coastline with numerous isolated islands for anchoring your boat.
When cruising spectacular fiords, fur seals and penguins swim and follow the boat. If you are feeling adventurous there is heli-skiing near boiling craters, white-water and cave rafting, rock and mountain climbing, bungee jumping and skydiving. New Zealand is a unique environment with a dramatic landscape, inimitable culture, friendly people, and a myriad of adventure activities.
What are you looking for?
- A smaller population?
- A better climate?
- Long stretches of white sandy beaches?
- Clear blue skies?
- Freedom from terrorism?
- Nuclear free country?
Yes, you will find all these here, and there are still good opportunities for hard-working people who are adaptable to new lifestyles and traditions.
The beaches, especially from the Bay of Plenty in the North Island northwards, are spectacular with clean white sand and clear blue sea - you could be forgiven for thinking you were on a desert island. But the summers can be hot and dangerous. New Zealand now has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. We are constantly being reminded of the 'burntime' each day, and children in schools wear sunhats and everyone is urged to 'cover up' in the sun. Protective sun creams are essential. So think of these very real dangers if the climate is the main reason for your intended move.