The remoteness of New Zealand's location is what makes it both attractive and unattractive as a retirement destination. Some people, especially those from the United States find it too far from home. Others, however, find the distance to be perfect. It is like stepping into a new world and being far away from where one grows up in looks like a great escape for anyone.
New Zealand is located way down in the Pacific – off the eastern side of Australia. It is composed of two main islands: the North Island and the South Island. Between these islands is the Cook Strait. Surrounding them are 5 inhabited smaller islands: Chatham Island, Waiheke Island, d'Urville Island, Stewart Island and Great Barrier Island.
Obviously, this country is rich in marine resources. However, there are also notable places within the islands. For instance, North Island has a supervolcano that remains to be active until today. It can be found in the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The South Island is as mountainous as the other but it is mostly mountain regions and not volcanic. Here you can find the Southern Alps that stretches over 3,000 meter. It is important to note that the location of this country makes it very susceptible to seismic activities.
What makes the country different from the rest is that the seasons are reverse in this part of the world. When its winter back home, New Zealand shines bright with summer. It can get very hot in this place because of the ozone layer over the country so always remember to put on protection.
The climate of New Zealand will depend on where you are. Coastal places will naturally be hot while snow is possible in higher regions. If you prefer a cooler location, it might be best to retire in the South Island.
If you plan to retire in New Zealand, you will be guided to know that the people here are very friendly. Not only that, you have to love the outdoors to fully enjoy the lifestyle in this country.
You have several outdoor activities to choose from – both summer and winter in fact. You can ski on the alps or swim on the beach. You can explore the vast forests, go hiking to see the mountains or have a quiet afternoon in the park. While the larger cities like Hamilton, Auckland, Wellington and Napier are great for their modernism, you may also find the smaller towns appealing to live in.
Language is not really a problem because most people speak English. And as for food, while the locals love the outdoors, they are not overly fond of eating out. This means restaurants may not be as many as you are used to back home. Urban areas have more dining establishments though.
Cost of living in this country is not too expensive nor is it cheap. Compared to major cities in the US or in Europe, New Zealand will come out cheaper. Like any other place, your monthly budget will depend on the type of life that you want to live. On an average, daily expenses will cost you $ 80- $ 105.