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  • Writer's pictureHelen Avaient

20 Reasons to live a year in New Zealand

I am considering my next destination to spend a year. Each time I have visited New Zealand, I have been awed by its beauty and people. Here are 20 reasons why I would live a year in New Zealand.

1. The pace of life is slow and relaxed

2. The locals are friendly

3. Stunning natural scenery

4. Booming culinary and cultural scene

5. Rugby

6. Freshest air in the world

7. Gorgeous landscapes

8. Fishing

9. Locally grown produce

10. Safe

11. History

12. Lots of small town festivals

13. SNOW

14. The Lord of the Rings was filmed here

15. You can visit Hobbiton

16. Glow worm cave tours

17. Fantastic culture and country pride

18. Rotorua thermal hot springs and geysers

19. Fish and Chips

20. No snakes, crocodiles or poisonous spiders

Can you add any more? I would love to read your comments

Happy Travels!

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Jan 20, 2023



Dec 21, 2022

I love NZ & could happily live there. I've seen a lot of the North Island & my next trip will be to see as much as possible of the South Island

One reason I'd live there is that I would be able to have my garden & not worry about those critters you mentioned in # 20 on your list. 🤗


Tina Haverstick Torrez
Tina Haverstick Torrez
Oct 19, 2021

Just let me know when you are going, and I'll join you in Hobbiton!


Judy Rovno
Nov 10, 2020

As you know a dream for me too!! I have a wonderful friend that lives there to visit and it’s been on my bucket list for 20 years+ I certainly will be visiting while you are there!!


Nov 10, 2020

Gotta love the accent!

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