New Zealand is famous throughout the world for being a great place to live and work. Even if you’re just visiting, it offers a great deal to see and do – but if you’ve got the skills necessary to get through the points-based immigration system, then you’ll find it’s tremendously rewarding to emigrate to New Zealand. Let’s look at ten of the places you should make a point of visiting during your stay.
If you’re a fan of Tolkien, and in particular the duo of film trilogies adapted from his books by Peter Jackson, then you’ll want to pay a visit to the filming location of Hobbiton. You’ll be able to wander through an array of hobbit-holes, and then head to the Green Dragon Inn to enjoy a pint or two.
This beach is among the most popular in the country. It’s to be found on a marine reserve in the Coromandel peninsula, and you’ll need to walk for thirty minutes from the nearest car park to reach it. Once you get there, however, you’ll see that your efforts have been more than worthwhile – you may even have the entire beach to yourself.
This little town is to be found atop a volcanic plate – which makes the whole place smell strongly of sulphur. This part of the country is packed with hot-springs and exploding geysers, and as such offers something quite unique in the region.
Bay of Islands
This is among the best places to go in the country if you’re looking for fishing and sailing opportunities. You’ll find it around three hours’ drive from Auckland. It’s made up for more than 144 different islands, some of which offer truly unique experiences. If you’d like to get a close-up glimpse at some of the marine life, then you’ll be able to do so here, with dolphin and whale-spotting on offer.
This region of the country was formed during the last ice age by enormous shifting glaciers, and you’ll find evidence of that all around, as huge cliffs rise up on either side of perfectly-still lakes. The best way to see this part of New Zealand is via boat – there are tours always in operation, which allow participants to get a look at both dolphins and penguins.
Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, and if you’re flying to the country it’s probably where your plane will land. As such, it offers a plethora of things to see and do. You’ll be able to indulge in a spot of culture at the local art gallery, where you’ll find more than fifteen-thousand works of art from various periods and styles.
If you’re a wine-lover, then the chances are that you’ll have sampled a red or two from New Zealand. Some of the best New Zealand wines originate in Waiheke, and you’ll be able to sample more than a dozen of them during a tour around the place. You’ll need to book a ferry to reach the island, and it’s worth staying overnight to make the most of your trip.
This city has been pulverised by earthquakes over the last decade, but it’s since made a startling recovery. The city boasts extensive botanical gardens, along with a spectacular cathedral. The best way to take in the city is via the Christchurch Gondola, a cable-car which will take you to the summit of nearby Mt. Cavendish.
You’ll find this tranquil secluded area on New Zealand’s South Island. The river here is a startlingly vivid blue, thanks to a combination of plankton and glacier water. The water is close to freezing almost year-round, and offers strong currents – so swimmers should be careful where they dip their toes.
This little seaside town boasts some of the most tranquil and secluded beaches in the country. The views from the top of the eponymous mountain are synonymous with all things New Zealand, and no trip to this part of the country could be considered complete without a short hike to the top. Once you catch a glimpse at the view of the beach below, you’ll be convinced that the climb was worthwhile!
New Zealand is brimming with wonderful attractions and sights to see, as we’ve noted. In order to enjoy them on a more permanent basis, however, why not secure yourself permanent residency rights? There’s a plethora of jobs in New Zealand for UK citizens – so why not consider a move down under?