New Zealand is a unique land of breathtaking scenery that includes some of the world’s most surreal and wonderful life forms, from flightless birds to gigantic kauri trees. Superlatives abound here and visitors to New Zealand may struggle to adequately describe everything they see and experience.
Thrust into the world’s spotlight by the success of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the country has seen a massive surge in visitor numbers and continues to reap the benefits of this cinematic triumph; and if New Zealand overwhelmed and wowed viewers on the big screen, it’ll leave them breathless when they arrive and explore its remote, rugged and remarkable landscape in person.
New Zealand is an incredibly diverse and complex nation, punching well above its weight in terms of what it can offer to any expat moving here. The North Island of New Zealand is less dramatic visually than its southern counterpart, but is home to around two thirds of the country’s inhabitants. The majority of the major urban centres are here, including Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, and Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, both creating a vibrant and multicultural experience.
The South Island of New Zealand, in contrast, is home to far fewer people, but boasts the country’s most spectacular scenery. Breathtakingly remote and isolated beaches, soaring mountain ranges, glaciers, fjords and wide-open expanses are all waiting to be discovered.