Not only is New Zealand a country of extraordinary natural beauty and rich urban space, it also has a history of pioneering thought. It has reached the peak of world achievement in sport, science, politics and the arts.
Diversity of thinking, enterprise and quality of life are highly valued in New Zealand and these values underpin the experience of living here.
Our unique Geography
New Zealand’s landscape contains an unrivalled variety of landforms. In a single day’s drive it is possible to see mountain ranges, isolated beaches, native forest, glacial lakes, fiords and volcanoes.
A strong tourism industry makes travelling simple. The country has a broad community of conservationists and New Zealanders are respectful toward natural environments.
Around one-third of the total land area is protected conservation land, including 13 national parks, three maritime parks, two world heritage areas, hundreds of nature reserves and ecological areas and a network of marine reserves and wetlands. New Zealand is relatively free of pollution, unlike many developed Western countries and it is nuclear-free.
Our ever-changing environment
Compared to continental climates, New Zealand’s temperature range is without extremes of hot and cold. Weather can change unexpectedly however, adding to the dynamics of each season. New Zealand’s high rainfall is evenly spaced throughout the year, producing vibrant areas of farmland and forest. Levels of humidity are very low and there are many hours of sunshine.
With a population of just four million, compared to some 128 million in Japan and 60 million in the UK, both roughly the same landmass, New Zealand provides plenty of room to breathe. It is one of the world’s safest places in which to live. Its society is based on a commitment to freedom of speech and human rights. Students who come to New Zealand feel a strong sense of freedom – to speak, travel, study and interact.
The cost of living in New Zealand is lower than in many European and American cities. A welldeveloped economy provides the advantage of competitive costs for accommodation, transport, food and entertainment.
New Zealand is a member of the British Commonwealth, yet is home to many different cultures. It has long been a sovereign nation in its own right. Its education system is modelled on the highly successful British framework and adapted to a unique approach toward learning –one which emphasises creative thought and heightened world knowledge.