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A Quick Guide to Food Shopping and Groceries in New Zealand
So, before you head to the supermarket In New Zealand, knowing what to expect can be a good idea. From supermarket chains to the difference in produce and prices, our food shopping guide can help you understand what to expect before you shop.
The best self-driving trips in the North Island
New Zealand is one of the best destinations for road-tripping in the world. If you're flying into Aotearoa, ‘the land of the long white cloud,’ the North Island is probably your first port of call. Slightly warmer with tropical microclimates in the north, Te Ika-a-Māui is as beautiful as the South Island, with as many forests, lakes and national parks to explore.
The pros and cons of installing a rainwater collection system in New Zealand
With the changing climate and unpredictable weather patterns, sustainable water management practices have become more important than ever. While water restrictions aren’t the norm in New Zealand, having your own supply of water available at all times has many benefits.
The best self-driving trips in the South Island
From the towering Southern Alps to the lush rainforests of Fiordland, expansive plains of Canterbury, stunning Southern coastline and gem-coloured lakes of Central Otago, there’s no shortage of places to experience.
New Zealand English: Key differences from American and British English
New Zealand is an English-speaking country. Whether you’ve learnt British, American or another form of English, you’ll most likely be understood no matter where in the country you travel.
Discovering Māori Culture: From ancient legends to Kupe and modern Aotearoa
Māori culture is a unique and important part of life in Aotearoa. While there are more than 100 iwi (tribes) in New Zealand, each with their own stories, learning more about the origins of Māori can help you connect with the culture while you are here.
Understanding and navigating your rental rights in New Zealand
Rental rights can change over time as the government introduces new laws or repels old ones. We help answer the most common rental questions in New Zealand.
What kind of insurance do I need in New Zealand?
If you’re moving to New Zealand, it’s a good idea to take out some level of insurance to protect yourself while you are here. But what type of insurance do you actually need and what can you afford to avoid?
How to celebrate traditional Maori festivals in modern New Zealand
One of the best ways to learn about Māori culture is by getting involved in traditions and festivals that celebrate the arts, language and identity of Māori, throughout the year. We share some of the key Māori celebrations in New Zealand and where and how you can get involved in celebrating while you are here.
Everything you need to know about New Zealand's wine industry
New Zealand’s wine industry accounts for only 1% of wines produced globally, but our local vineyards punch well above their weight when it comes to quality and taste. Whether you’re a fan of wine or looking for a job in the industry, here’s everything you need to know about exploring New Zealand’s wine industry.
New Zealand wildlife: Where to see iconic animals in New Zealand
New Zealand is known for its stunning landscapes, sparking blue lakes, rivers, and towering and majestic mountain ranges. Before visiting Aotearoa, many people don’t know that our country is also home to a diverse range of wildlife.
Understanding New Zealand Politics: A Simplified Guide for New Residents
Before moving to New Zealand, it’s a good idea to understand the country’s political system. New Zealand has a Mixed Member Proportional system, elections every three years, and a wide range of political parties to vote for. Explore the key elements of New Zealand politics, including how MMP works, the voting process, and an overview of major political parties.
Leading Ladies: The Evolution of Female Leadership in New Zealand
From being the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote in 1893 to having three female Prime Ministers in less than thirty years, New Zealand has continuously paved the way for women in politics and power.
Exploring New Zealand: The best ways to travel between cities
If you’re not up for driving in New Zealand, don’t worry. There are more ways to travel between cities than private cars. We break down the best ways to see New Zealand from ferries, trains, buses and planes.
Buying a house in New Zealand: New build or renovate which is better?
Buying in a new neighbourhood can protect homeowners from market downturns, but renovating an old home can be better for your budget and lead to higher returns when you sell. So, which is better?
New Zealand Public Holidays in 2024
New Zealand has eleven national public holidays to look forward to in 2024. From Waitangi to Boxing Day, here’s everything you need to know about enjoying more days off and making your annual leave go further in 2024.
How to join or start a community garden in New Zealand
Whether you join an existing group or start your own, there are many benefits to getting involved in a community garden. Here’s how to join or start a community garden in New Zealand.
What changes landlords and tenants can expect in 2024
The last six years have seen increases and changes to laws affecting landlords and tenants in New Zealand. With an incoming National government, there are more changes to our housing landscape on the horizon. Here’s what landlords and tenants can expect to change in 2024.
10 clothing items to pack before you move to New Zealand
Moving to New Zealand promises a laid-back lifestyle, but if you’ve never visited before, you may not know what to pack. Whether you are visiting for a holiday or planning a move, there are some things you won’t want to forget.
Inside New Zealand's Film Industry: From Local Productions to Global Blockbusters
New Zealand isn't just a land of breathtaking landscapes and adventure sports; it's also a major contributor to the world of global cinema. The New Zealand film industry is uniquely positioned to create and produce global blockbusters as well as quirky indie films thanks to the unique Kiwi blend of creativity, innovation, and stunning locations.
New Zealand's Coffee Culture: A Nation of Flat White Lovers
While New Zealand is famed for its beautiful scenery, egalitarian society and work-life balance, one area that is often overlooked is its coffee culture.
New Zealand's Great Walks: 10 Amazing Hikes And Where To Find Them
New Zealand’s Great Walks are a fantastic way to see New Zealand. Aotearoa is known for its stunning and variable natural scenery. From lush rainforests, stunning glaciers, pristine beaches and otherworldly volcanoes, hiking has long been considered one of the best ways to see our country.
How to find seasonal work in New Zealand
If you are moving to New Zealand, you might be interested in picking up seasonal work to get you started. Seasonal work is popular amongst backpackers and international travellers in Aotearoa, but it can also be a great way to hit the ground running after your arrival. Here are the best ways to find seasonal work in New Zealand.
Understanding KiwiSaver: What it is and why you should join
Whether you are thinking of moving to New Zealand or are a New Zealander who has not yet joined KiwiSaver, it’s worth knowing about our country’s retirement saving scheme.
How to Explore New Zealand's Craft Beer Scene
New Zealand's craft beer scene has experienced a surge in popularity and innovation recently, making visiting a craft brewery a must-do for beer enthusiasts while they are here.
Surviving and Thriving as an expat in New Zealand: A guide to integration
Moving to a new country is a journey, and adjusting to the new culture can take some time. While New Zealand is a friendly place, you’re likely to feel some sense of culture shock or isolation after you’ve moved. Our guide to integrating into New Zealand culture can help you feel more at home in Aotearoa.
11 of the best New Zealand beaches worth exploring
From the epic locations used in Lord of the Rings to our breathtaking mountains and crystal clear lakes, there’s a lot of country to explore by road and by foot in New Zealand. While hiking and road-tripping are definitely part of the Kiwi experience, our beautiful beaches are another treasure often overlooked.
How to buy a second hand campervan in New Zealand
New Zealand's breathtaking landscapes, from serene beaches to lush forests and rugged mountains, make it the perfect location for a road trip. If you're looking to explore the beautiful countryside at your own pace, buying a second-hand caravan in New Zealand is a great choice.
Everything you need to know about shipping and importing a car to New Zealand.
Whether you're a New Zealand citizen returning home, a first-time immigrant, or just want to bring your vehicle to this beautiful country, here's how to go about shipping or importing your car to New Zealand.
How to responsibly freedom camp in New Zealand
New Zealand is the perfect location for freedom camping. There are miles of untouched rugged coastlines, gravel roads that lead to isolated beaches, and plenty of off-the-beaten-track spots to explore.
Road rules every driver should know before they visit New Zealand
New Zealand is the ideal country for a road trip. But before you get behind the wheel, it’s important that you learn some of the differences between driving in New Zealand and overseas.
New Zealand's Rugby Obsession: From the All Blacks to Grassroots Clubs
Fans of the All Blacks will know that they are one of the world’s most successful sports teams. But what is it that makes this small island nation a force to be reckoned with on the pitch?
New Zealand home buying guide: Everything you need to know about researching buying and settling on a home
Familiarising yourself with the home-buying process can reduce stress and ensure you know what to expect each step of the way. Read on for our guide to understanding the home-buying process in New Zealand.
How to buy a home at auction in New Zealand
If you've ever considered purchasing a house at auction in New Zealand but have been held back by uncertainty, you're not alone. Whether you're a first-time buyer or looking to build your portfolio, our guide to buying a home at auction is here to help.
Where to buy furniture at auction in New Zealand
Finding special pieces to add to your home can be a challenge but furniture auctions can fill the gap between buying second-hand and new mass-produced furniture.
The ultimate guide to New Zealand's national symbols and icons
Despite being a relatively young country, New Zealand has many national symbols and icons that are unique to our Pacific Island home.
Understanding Kiwi Slang and Culture
Here’s everything you need to know about using slang and Kiwi culture.
The Maori art of tattoo: History, meaning and modern expression
Tā moko - traditional Māori tattoos are an art form that has existed for hundreds of years.
Understanding the New Zealand education system
The New Zealand education system is ranked 7th compared to other nations around the globe. Public education between 6-18 is compulsory, free, and well-funded.
New Zealand's Māori Culture: Embracing Traditions and Indigenous Heritage
Māori throughout New Zealand live in tribal groups called iwi and can trace their tribe’s origins to one of the seven canoes said to have brought their ancestors to New Zealand
Where to buy art in Christchurch?
Whether you're an art enthusiast, a collector, or looking to pick up some art for your home, these art galleries in Christchurch have something you'll love.
Navigating New Zealand's Healthcare System: A Guide For Expats
We cover everything you need to know about the New Zealand healthcare system, including costs, how to find a physician and how to seek specialist care.
Joinery Options for New Zealand Homes: UPVC, Aluminium, v Timber
It’s important to consider the pros and cons of different types of joinery. New Zealand's most common types are uPVC, aluminium and timber.
7 Most affordable Auckland suburbs to buy
With some of the big banks expecting the market to level out between August and December 2023, now could be the best time to buy a house in Auckland city. To help you on your hunt, we’ve gathered together a list of the ten most affordable suburbs in the city. Happy house hunting.
What is a leasehold property in New Zealand?
If you are buying a house in New Zealand, you should understand some key terms. A leasehold property is one of these terms. Learn about the pros and cons of a leasehold property.
10 tips for moving house in snowy weather
While snow is charming and picturesque, moving is much more difficult, especially as New Zealand roads and vehicles aren’t equipped for snowfall.
Kiwi cuisine: Must-try foods and where to find them
While New Zealand is much more famous for its scenery and many adrenaline-infused activities, there’s no shortage of interesting and unique foods to try.
How to naturally control pests in your home
Finding pests in your home can be frustrating. Before you reach for the pesticides, there are some steps you can take to help pest-proof your home naturally.
How to grow an indoor herb garden
Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a complete beginner, creating an indoor herb garden is an easy way to enhance your cooking experience. Discover how to get started growing an indoor herb garden.
How to compost your food waste at home
Composting is a natural and eco-friendly method of recycling that stops food scraps from ending up in landfills and instead returns their nutrients to the soil.
The Complete Guide to Shipping Goods to New Zealand: Customs, Duties and Regulations
Follow our guide to help you understand the process of shipping your goods to New Zealand and dealing with NZ Custom’s regulations and duties.
How much does it cost to ship a car to New Zealand?
If your car is worth less than $10,000NZD, it’s probably not worth the cost of importing it to New Zealand as you’ll pay almost that in fees to get the car here.
The best places to buy art in Auckland
Whether you’re new to collecting art or know what you like, Auckland has many galleries and auction houses. Here are the best places to buy art in Auckland.
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