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 it 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
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 over 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.
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. 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 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!~