New Zealand’s Most Popular expat cities

Have your heart set on New Zealand, but unsure which city would suit you best? Read on to get a flavour of each destination to help you decide which city is right for you.


With the greatest number of sunshine hours in New Zealand, Nelson is a paradise for outdoor types. Locals enjoy mountain biking, caving, fishing, sailing, and hiking all year round. The city is also known for its thriving arts and crafts scene.


One of New Zealand’s fastest growing cities, Tauranga is one of the country’s main centres for business, culture, fashion, international trade and horticulture.


The nation’s capital offers a wealth of opportunities in the government and tourism industries. Wellington is also a hub of culture, known for an abundance of quality restaurants, galleries and entertainment venues.


New Zealand’s oldest city is one of outstanding natural beauty and diversity. Since the devastating earthquake of 2011, Christchurch has blossomed into a new life. City-wide rebuild projects have refuelled the job market in manufacturing, agriculture and of course, construction.


The City of Sails is home to the country’s highest expat population, where average salaries are much higher than elsewhere in New Zealand. Auckland’s warm summers and mild winters make it easy to enjoy the beautiful surrounding parks, beaches and harbours.

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