Life in New Zealand

You can expect a pretty laid back style of life in NZ. Everything happens when it happens which you might find slow compared to Europe, but it’s really a breath of fresh air! The average Kiwi lives for the adventure and outdoor life, hunting for the surf one day, and the fresh snow powder on the next.

The scenery is awe-inspiring, hence why everyone wants to be out in it! This means that everyone is keen to get together and enjoy the country together. There is a brilliant social side of life here from festivals to common interest groups, you’ll be sure to find something to get involved in.

The country has a unique culture that mixes the centuries of Maori life and the newly settled European traditions. Coming from the Western World, you are sure to find endless new experiences that will leave an impression.

Not only is the culture unique, but so is the wildlife. A country that was untouched for almost a million years has creatures that have very few relatives anywhere else in the world.

The South Island Bucket List

New Zealand has so many awe-inspiring things to see and do, but you’ll never conquer them all! So we’ve handpicked a select few for you to try and tick off while you’re here.

  • Hike and Kayak in the Abel Tasman National Park

  • Visit the Punakaiki Pancake rocks on the rugged west coast

  • Hike on the Glaciers (Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier)

  • See Mount Cook through the stunning colours of Lake Pukaki

  • Wallow in the Hot Pool at Hanmer Springs

  • Do a boat trip on Milford Sound

  • Go whale watching in Kaikoura

  • Ski the fields surrounding Queenstown and Wanaka (followed by a bungee jump)

  • Take a tram tour in Christchurch

  • See the beautiful stars over Lake Tekapo

 

 

The North Island Bucket List

  • See the views from Auckland’s Sky Tower

  • Experience the Lord of the Rings from set of Hobbiton

  • Conquer the Tongariro Crossing

  • Black Water rafting with the glowworms in Waitomo

  • Feel the geothermal power in Rotorua

  • See a live volcano at Mount Ruapehu

  • Skydive over Lake Taupo

  • Visit the amazing Te Papa Museum in Wellington

  • Take a boat trip through the Bay of Islands

  • Sand board down the dunes at 90 Mile Beach

 

 

Travel Tips

Don't know what to pack, unsure of who to fly with, what about tax in NZ?! Have a browse of the library to help you prepare for your big move.

What's On

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