With New Zealand welcoming expats, Australians are finding a wonderful quality of life when they migrate across. 2016 saw a massive change as, for the first time in history, more Aussies were immigrating to New Zealand than vice versa. This is still the case. The reasons are varied: for one – New Zealand is seeing wonderful economic growth and New Zealand’s living conditions are quickly outranking those of Australia. Alongside this, the Trans-Tasmanian Agreement sees the two countries offering each other the freedom for citizens to move between one another, which simplifies immigration.
While the move offers language familiarity and, in many regions, a similar climate, the change is still intimidating. If you are relocating to New Zealand, you might take comfort in understanding the culture around leisure activities and how you can expect to spend your free time.
Outdoor fun: Sports
Like Australians, New Zealanders love being active outdoors – and what better way to relax outside than with a good game of team sports. Some of the most popular sporting fun to enjoy includes games of tennis, cricket, and rugby. There are ample opportunities to participate in these types of sports, thanks to local clubs. The clubs are welcoming and friendly, offering wonderful opportunities to get out and enjoy the spectator side of it or get in on the action yourself.
Indoor fun: Cinema Visits and Film Festivals
The cinematic industry is alive and well in New Zealand. Visits to local cinemas are a popular activity among cinema fans and there are usually a number of movie theatres to choose from, in a given area. As noted by Eventfinda.co.nz, there is also the annual film festival for the true die-hard movie fans, which gives you the opportunity to get out, meet people, and dig into “the greatest” lists of movies. What makes the film festivals in New Zealand particularly interesting is that they place great emphasis on local film and cinematography, giving you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local achievements and culture. This festival starts in Auckland in July each year.
Outdoor Fun: Visit one of New Zealand’s National Parks
The diverse and pristine parks of New Zealand offer families the opportunity to truly relish in the beauty of the untouched land. A day trip and a walk along the epic hiking routes through New Zealand’s National Parks is an absolute must-do activity. The Tongariro National Park is a World Heritage Site which begs a visit, with its three active volcanoes: Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro. The park also holds cultural significance, with a number of sacred religious Maori sites. This park is also home to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, one of the most beautiful hiking routes in the world.
After work relaxation
Just like Australia, New Zealand embraces after-work socializing, giving expats, the chance to network and mingle with locals, making friends. Kiwis also love barbecues and beers at home, so inviting a group of colleagues back to your place will almost always be a welcome invite (especially if there’s a big sporting event on, which calls for big-screen entertainment).
For the introverts, New Zealand also boasts a good choice of online casinos to enjoy, with a variety of online bonuses available to Kiwis. Many people find their downtime most replenishing when they’re drawn into a good game of Blackjack (sometimes called 21) and review sites exist to guide newcomers in the NZ casino scene to the best deals and securest sites.
Making the Move from Australia to New Zealand
While Australia is filled with interesting sites to visit, starting a new life in New Zealand might feel as though you’re discovering the real outdoors for the first time. The cooler months are the perfect time to start venturing out and discovering the wildlife, which varies from the ones you might be accustomed to back home. There are a number of activities to choose from, some of which are indoors and offers some quiet wind-down time.