Personally, I have always said that New Zealand is the best country in the world, and that hasn’t changed no matter how much I have travelled to other places.

Many people outside New Zealand think that New Zealand is like a dream country – an untouched paradise where everyone lives in complete harmony and peace. A place that people go to visit and end up never leaving.

On the other hand, many people that live here do not think the same way. In day-to-day life here, around me all I hear is people complaining. About traffic, about prices, wages, the government. And I guess that it is quite normal for people to naturally think on the dark side, especially when they don’t know anything else. But in my opinion, it shouldn’t be like this.

Neither of these things are true. Of course there is no perfect country. But I have and always will say that New Zealand is the best country in the world.

This is not an article about me wanting to stay in New Zealand for the rest of my life. In fact, I really want to travel around the world and visit every country I can. But, I will probably never move to and settle down in another country. Here’s why.

New Zealand is beautiful

It’s a bit of an obvious one, but really, being in a beautiful place automatically makes everything better, right? New Zealand has so many natural landscapes that can really take your breath away. I could write a whole different article on the natural wonders of New Zealand, but in short: everywhere you look, there is nature, and you never have to travel far to find something beautiful.

Don’t beleive me?  These pictures prove the beauty of New Zealand.

New Zealand is tranquil

Some people might say New Zealand is boring, but I would beg to differ. No, it is not a party central by any means, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun here. I would argue that you can have a better type of fun here than you can have in most places. An adventure sports kind of fun. A water sports kind of fun. A climbing mountains kind of fun. And even better, you can enjoy all of this in the peace and quiet of an unspoiled environment.

We have a good standard of living

Complain as complainers might, New Zealand is up there as one of the most developed nations in the world. And even though we don’t have high-speed trains or ultra-fast broadband in most areas, we have a stable economy, a decent minimum wage and good potential for businesses. As a student not long ago, I had a part-time job working 14 hours a week on minimum wage, and after rent, food and other expenses, I still had money left over to spend on myself at the end of the week. I think that living easy and getting what you want from life isn’t a terribly hard feat for any driven person.

We are isolated

At first glance, this might seem like a bad thing but with everything that is going on in the world at the moment, I believe this is a true blessing. We are so far from anyone, no one really bothers us. There aren’t any border control issues, we aren’t at risk of pissing off any world leaders, and we are just generally free to do our own thing and live our lives in peace.

We are chill

New Zealanders have quite a ‘lax’ culture and a generally chilled-out vibe almost anywhere you go. Sometimes we are criticised for this, as it can be misinterpreted as ‘lazy’, but we aren’t lazy. Promise. We just like to relax and enjoy life, maybe too often.

New Zealand is safe

The only disadvantage for this is it is so difficult going to another country and having to be so alert all the time, and having to be so conscious about all my belongings. In my country I never have to think about any of this. That’s not to say that nothing ever happens, because that would be a lie, but there are really more honest people than dishonest people, and more helpful people than unhelpful. If something happens, the police actually help.

New Zealand is small

The population of New Zealand is just under 5 million, smaller than many major cities. This gives us a really strong sense of community (especially out of Auckland). There are not that many of us, so we are connected by our uniqueness and culture. You can drive for hours without seeing a single other car, and it is not hard to find beautiful places that are completely isolated.

New Zealand is multicultural

Even with the above being said, I love that New Zealand is a place that so many people come to visit, or settle and call home. Walking around the streets of Auckland you see so many faces of people from a thousand different backgrounds and cultures. Without leaving my home city, I get to learn so much about other people’s cultures, customs and lifestyle. It also gives the advantage of so many little pop-up niche stores with food or other commodities from different countries. And my favourite thing about this of course is the many different languages I get exposed to on a daily basis!

New Zealand has perfect weather

No, it’s not hot all the time. And yes it rains (actually, it rains a lot). But the temperature is always perfect, never too hot and never too cold. In summer, it is warm enough for a swim but not so hot you want to stick your head in a freezer (like Australians have been known to do). In winter, it’s cold but put on a jacket and you’ll be just fine. Compared to other countries’ extreme seasonal weather changes, I think our climate is quite perfect.

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With all that being said, of course there are disadvantages to living in such a tiny remote place. Like flights to anywhere being ridiculously expensive, or like being the last to receive latest gadgets, coolest products and new music. And of course we don’t have a perfect government. Auckland, where I live, isn’t amazing compared to cities worldwide. But to be honest, there is so much more to be thankful about than to complain about. And I’m thankful to be from this little corner of the globe. I’m happy to be able to genuinely say that I think New Zealand is the best country in the world.

I know that many countries are beautiful and amazing, and I am not putting down those places at all! Of course the place where I have grown up has a special place in my heart and I personally wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Where in the world are you from? Are you glad to be from there or do you wish you were living somewhere else? Let me know in the comments!~

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19 Comments

  1. This is amazing! I have never been to New Zealand, but it’s definitely on my to-see list. Being a resident in Turkey, I totally understand why you appreciate being away from everything and doing your own thing. This is something that is becoming less and less of an option for us here every single day sadly. I think that if I ever go to New Zealand, I will never leave LOL! Great post 🙂

  2. This is amazing! I have never been to New Zealand, but it’s definitely on my to-see list. Being a resident in Turkey, I totally understand why you appreciate being away from everything and doing your own thing. This is something that is becoming less and less of an option for us here every single day sadly. I think that if I ever go to New Zealand, I will never leave LOL! Great post 🙂

  3. New Zealand is high on my travel bucket list. It looks like such a beautiful country. Endless incredible places to see. I’m Australian, and with New Zealand being so close, I definitely hope I get there one day soon! 🙂

  4. You are so right! These are basically all of the reasons I loved living in New Zealand for 18 months! This post is making me realise I never should have left… waaaaah!!! 🙁

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  6. LousJohnson Reply

    Hi, we are thinking of moving there, but so many uncertainties as we have never been there. But the state of our country is making us “prisoners” here.
    Having kids you only want to provide the best future for them.. Xx

    • Suzie Reply

      Yes I can only imagine… New Zealand is a great place to settle down if you do decide to come 🙂

  7. Just dont swim in the rivers they are polluted. That also goes for most beaches in Auckland.
    Please dont stare at all the homeless.
    A good minimum wage! Yeah right. NZ is low wage economy.
    Drive for hours without seeing another car, absolute rubbish!
    Perfect weather. Hardly!
    Highest yourh suicide rate in the world! Now why is that?
    New Zealand has serious issues and its why are choose not to live there.

    • Suzie Reply

      Like Ive written, no country is perfect and there will always be negative people to point out every problem with every place you go.
      With that out the way, allow me to rebut some of your points there.
      – low wage economy it is not, New Zealand has one of the highest minimum wages in the world. (https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/04/where-are-the-world-s-highest-minimum-wages/). Try living in Brazil, India or Vietnam and then tell me New Zealand is a low wage economy. That’s what I call rubbish.
      Obviously it depends where you are driving, but you definitely can drive quite a way in some of the remote areas of the country.
      Now, ‘perfect’ might have been a bit of an overstatement when it comes to weather, I will give you that. But we are very lucky to have a mild climate that doesn’t go into extreme temperatures either way.
      Yes, New Zealand has issues like every other country. You can choose to move to another country which undoubtedly also has issues, or you could choose to appreciate all the amazing things we do have and take up all the opportunities available to us. No doubt your New Zealand passport has made your emigration process relatively pain free as well, another luxury we enjoy 😉

      • First of all im not a negative person and I certainly dont feel that way sitting on my yacht in the mediteranean writing this!
        I am however a realist! Being born and raised in Auckland ran a successful business employing people I believe gives me the right to comment.
        You comparing NZ minimum wages to third world countries is not comparing apples with apples. Those countries don’t have average house prices in their major cities at 1 million dollars and rents over 2k per month.
        As an employer I always paid above my industry average and are disgusted with the way NZ has gone in the last 10 years or so insofar as keeping wages low. Pleased new government is committed to raising minimum wage to around $20.
        The equity gap between rich and poor is to vast.
        I just think we need to keep it real when explaining live in NZ. It is no El Dorodo. Particularly when people are looking at possibly immigrating.
        No my NZ passport has not helped. Not sure why you think it would except for Australia.

  8. Omg! I am brazilian and I’ve been in NZ for 3 years. I am so glad every single day to be here. I also write blog about my experience here, tô virando kiwi, which means, I am becoming kiwi. My partner is kiwi and I couldn’t be so thankful to meet him. He is wonderful and I am so proud of him. If there was something in my life that I could change it would be was born in NZ. But I believe somehow NZ and I have a connection. I hope one day I could now what is so special in this country that every single moment I feel so happy to be here.

    • Suzie Reply

      Hey Renata, thanks for your comment, I always love to see foreigners enjoying new zealand! Hey- you’re a Brazilian with a kiwi partner and I’m a kiwi with a Brazilian partner, let’s be friends? Haha

    • Suzie Reply

      That’s a shame to hear, although it can’t be for everyone. Hope you find somewhere you connect with as well!

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