Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Best Places to Live in 2011 New Zealand

We talked a little about our #1 winner for the Best Places for Quality of Life in 2011, the United States. But we've talked a lot about the U.S. on this blog and I know we will again! So, let's move on a talk about our runner up for the Best Places to Live in 2011, as ranked by International Living Magazine in their annual Quality of Life Index.

New Zealand - a land that prides itself on Life Balance.

The best things about New Zealand include the unending belief and action for living life in balance. Meaning work is just one part of a quality lifestyle. A place where working part time is not something to be embarrassed about but something that is celebrated. Employers recognize that quality performance comes not from cracking the whip but from happy, healthy and satisfied employees. Employers are open to and work towards policies that can insure work flexibility.



Of course New Zealand is english speaking, extremely safe and the quality of education os excellent. Housing, environment, abundant fresh food and water, superior infrastructure and health services all make New Zealand an easy pick for runner up. It's no surprise that New Zealand ranks high, above 90 pts, for Culture; Healthcare; and safety. It does rank a little lower for cost of living but still ranks in the top ten.

Best Places to Live in New Zealand

A lot of people who emigrate to New Zealand live and work in and close to Auckland. But if you talk to a Kiwi (New Zealander) they will quickly tell you that Auckland is thought of poorly. In fact it's one of the locals less favourite places to live. This is due to the generally inflated real estate prices, the high cost of living, and a higher than average crime rate. It's also because of the larger number of immigrants making this city their home!

So if you're wondering where the best places to live in New Zealand are, it's best to ask a New Zealander.  According to the locals the best places for lifestyle in New Zealand reasons are Christchurch in Canterbury, and Tauranga, Waikato and Otago in the Bay of Plenty.

New Zealand is a land of natural beauty and a place where the people are known to be exceptionally friendly, hospitably and happy. I discovered this Unique Guide that reveals insider secrets on how to migrate, live, work or invest in New Zealand - you can learn more about it by Clicking Here!

Editors Note: Last year New Zealand ranked 5th of the Quality of Life Index.

8 comments:

Natalie T said...

Otago is not in the Bay of Plenty! It is in the South Island and it is a region

PanamaMark said...

Thanks Natalie! I have to admit when I wrote about the Best Places to Live in New Zealand I was writing based on research I had read - I never been to NZ but it's top of my list for places to want to go!

Suzanne said...

We live in Florida, and how the US can be number 1 is beyond me. The economy is terrible, groceries have practically doubled, gas has doubled, health care is expensive, education budgets are being cut, and unemployment is rampant. In addition, there are all kinds of nutcases running for president.

We're looking to get out because the quality of life has decreased immensely.

Ta said...

while you are hating on america and calling in expensive, have a look at africa, many would disagree with you, you dont even know when you have it good!!!!

Ta said...

while you are hating on america and calling in expensive, have a look at africa, many would disagree with you, you dont even know when you have it good!!!!

Ta said...

while you are hating on america and calling in expensive, have a look at africa, many would disagree with you, you dont even know when you have it good!!!!

Unknown said...

I am an American living in New Zealand. I lived in the 3rd hardest hit place in the entire nation, and I will say that it still WAY LESS expensive then living in New Zealand. That said, the vibe and culture of America is definately more depressing than in New Zealand at the moment.

Unknown said...

I am an American living in New Zealand. I lived in a town in America that was the 3rd hardest hit place in the entire nation. I've just been back for a visit and I can gaurantee that America is WAY LESS EXPENSIVE than New Zealand for groceries, gas, ect. On the other hand, New Zealand does have (mostly) free healthcare (NOTE: which is not near the same standard as healthcare in America) and free childcare for 20 hours per week for 3-4 year olds. America has a dark cloud feeling, now, though and is much more depressing than New Zealand.