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Travel Guide to New Zealand

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In the 1940s and 50s emigration from the British Isles peaked as people left post war economic depression in search of a new and prosperous life. Today emigration to New Zealand is again popular as people seek to escape the pressures of modern Britain and a better life style. There is much despair amongst Brits about the state of crime, the threat of terror, the relentless rain and the controversial tax and pensions systems, not to mention the NHS. We Brits are migrating in our droves, like birds flying south and why not with a grass that is far greener on the other side of the world. Professor Tim Hatton of Essex University is an immigration specialist and estimates that for every 100 people immigrating to the UK there are between 30 and 50 leaving the country for more prosperous and happier shores. One such destination is New Zealand, a rare and exciting place that can be visited once but yearned to be revisited and experience its charm again. Even for those people who've seen and done it all, this is one place that cannot be missed. GEOGRAPHY New Zealand's attraction is clear to see from its sheer diversity of culture, geography and climate. In the North Island the temperatures are balmy all year round with the winter months ranging from 8�C to the summer averages between 17-24�C. ...read more.


AUCKLAND Being a city girl at heart, my personal choice of city, to live, work and play in would undoubtedly be Auckland. As a very cosmopolitan city, its vibrant and youthful character holds the key to perfection in a busy metropolis. It has all the necessities of any capital city with the Central Business District with its sharp, shiny skyscrapers and men in suits. There are the high street shopping areas with teenagers racing to the latest fashions. And it has the most incredible harbour and coastline surrounding. The unusual skyline of extinct volcanoes in the background also adds to its beauty (all extinct or deeply dormant I am glad to report). The city is named the City of Sails for its brisk breezes and accessibility to the protected bays surrounding the city, perfect for sailing in. It has the highest number of boats in a city per capita in the whole world, ranging from personal dinghies and child friendly sailing boats to opulent gin palaces and cruise ships, all of which add to the seascape. IMMIGRATION/EMMIGRATION It is easy to see why these isles are so in demand and how much greener the grass really is. However, because immigration policies in New Zealand are fairly strict, those not applying for jobs in particular professions and careers, it is difficult to gain a work permit. ...read more.


For active families looking for this lifestyle, New Zealand is the perfect settlement as sport is a major part of life and is massively encouraged within and outside of schools. Its success is notably shown in events such as the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, never mind the world-renowned All Blacks rugby team. There are more golf courses in the country than in any other country of the world and around 15% of all New Zealand families own a boat-perhaps explaining the vast number of boats in Auckland harbour! There are however some downfalls to its beauty and splendour, such as its immense distance from Britain, with it being the furthest flight time to anywhere in the world at a gruelling 23 hours, (not including the stopover break). And then there is the cheese! If you are a smelly cheese lover, or even just a fan of parmesan, you'll be hard pushed to find a half decent replacement as the dairy regulations are different in New Zealand and there are different pasteurising laws meaning that many cheeses cannot be imported from overseas, and when they can they become very expensive. However, when all is taken into consideration the lifestyle and quality of life experienced, I think I could live without a bit of Stilton or Camembert! ...read more.

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