Best Places to Live in New Zealand
New Zealand is a beautiful country, with lots of beautiful places and lots of great cities. In fact, at times it seems a little too beautiful. If you’ve been considering moving to New Zealand or moving around in New Zealand, it might be tough to work out just where the heck you’d like to live. It’s kind of like when a kid enters a lolly shop – she’s got way too much to choose from. In this post, we’ll walk you through the best places to live in New Zealand and why.
As New Zealand’s biggest city, there’s a reason people are so drawn to Auckland. The job market is great, the liveliness is great, restaurants are great: basically, everything is great. It’s a fast-paced city that doesn’t come with the hassle and stress of its Aussie equivalent, Sydney. That being said, house prices and traffic can be high at times, but that’s the price you pay for living in one of New Zealand’s finest towns.
Don’t worry, we promise we won’t keep giving you the obvious big cities throughout the whole article, but Wellington has to be up the top. Wellington is one of the hippest capital cities in the world, home to plenty of trendy cafes, art galleries and just a generally creative vibe. It’s easy to get around with a great public transport system of buses, trains and cable cars. Also, people in Wellington love to walk.
If a smaller city with a quirky twist is more up your alley, then look no further than Napier. With a population of almost 70,000, and right next door to its twin city of Hastings with 50,000 people, Napier has a much bigger atmosphere than you’d expect. Built with a distinct 1930s art deco style of architecture, the city is a popular tourist destination for those who want to soak up the special atmosphere. It’s even home to the Tremains Art Deco Festival which kicks off every February.
If classic architecture is more your vibe, Dunedin is the place you’ll feel at home. It has a unique blend of Scottish and Maori influences, home to many Victorian and Edwardian style buildings. It’s also a great place for uni students, families and any type of creative person.
Hamilton is affordable, lively, central and liveable. It’s naturally beautiful, with the Waikato River setting the backdrop of the city. The location of Hamilton is enough for most people to fall in love with it – it’s a 90-minute drive to Auckland, a short drive to surfing spots like Raglan and not too far from the Bay of Plenty area either.
Whether you’ve fallen in love with one of these cities or a completely different NZ town, there’s one thing you need to do to make the move happen: contact a pro moving company like NZ Van Lines. They’re New Zealand’s premier moving company, moving people like you to New Zealand every day. To start your life as a Kiwi, call up NZ Van Lines and grab a quote today.