New Zealand / Aotearoa

Doug McCall
15.05.24 04:00 AM Comment(s)
Live and Work in New Zealand

What to Expect and Where to Live

Aotearoa, New Zealand, is a unique country located at the bottom of the world in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It's a relatively young country with a rich immigration history. A local shortage of psychologists is particularly interesting for overseas psychologists considering immigrating. At Psych-Recruitment, we are here to help you navigate the process of choosing locations. We provide information about regions, cities, and towns to help you decide where to settle. This blog section is where we share our local knowledge and insights into New Zealand and its various regions.

Known for its natural landscapes, friendly people, stable economy, and outstanding work-life balance, New Zealand consistently ranks among the top countries for quality of life, and it is easy to see why. The pace of life is slower and more relaxed than in many other countries, and the people welcome newcomers.


Despite its land mass being more significant than the United Kingdom, a little smaller than Japan and about the same size as Colorado, New Zealand has a small population of just over 5 million. The population is diverse, comprising people of European, Māori, Pacific Islander, and Asian heritage. While English is the primary language spoken, the Māori language and culture are prominent components of New Zealand's national identity, and they significantly influence the country's social, political, and cultural landscape. The Māori people are the indigenous inhabitants of New Zealand, and their culture intertwines with the country's land, history, and traditions. Psychologists new to New Zealand will be expected and assisted in adapting their practice to incorporate the unique culture.


New Zealand comprises two main islands, the North Island (Māori: Te Ika-a-Māui) and the South Island (Māori: Te Waipounamu), which are equally attractive to immigrants due to their unique characteristics. The North Island is relatively warmer in climate and more humid than the South Island, which is drier and has a diverse geography, including the Alps. The North Island is home to the most extensive and most varied population. More people live in Auckland than the entire South Island. The North Island is famous for its geothermal activity and picturesque beaches. At the same time, the South Island boasts differing natural beauty with its rugged mountains, glaciers, and fjords, making it a perfect destination for adventure enthusiasts. The South Island, being less populated than the North Island, makes it ideal for those seeking a peaceful and quiet lifestyle. Both islands offer excellent infrastructure and opportunities for education, healthcare, and jobs. However, the cost of living may vary, with the North Island generally being more expensive than the South Island. The North and South Islands have distinct, subtle cultural differences. The North Island is more urbanised and densely populated with a cosmopolitan culture that Māori and Polynesian traditions influence. The South Island, on the other hand, is more rural and has a laid-back culture. The people of the South Island are known for their friendly and welcoming nature, and the island is famous for its outdoor adventure activities, such as skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. A Scottish influence related to colonial migration is also evident in the South Island's music, dance, and festivals. Overall, both islands have unique cultural traits that make them special and worth considering to live.


New Zealand's climate is generally maritime, heavily influenced by the vast surrounding oceans. This results in relatively mild temperatures and moderate rainfall throughout the year. Maritime climates contrast with continental climates such as Africa, America, Europe, and Asia, typically characterised by hot summers and cold winters, with less precipitation overall. While New Zealand does experience some variation in temperature and rainfall throughout the year, it generally does not experience the extremes seen in continental climates.


Choosing the right location to live in New Zealand is integral to the immigration processThere are many factors to consider, such as cost of living, job opportunities, climate, lifestyle, and specific family requirements. Another consideration is your interests and lifestyle. Do you prefer a bustling city or a quieter provincial area? Are you seeking access to sports, outdoor activities, cultural events, or vibrant nightlife?  Even if you haven't been to New Zealand before, don't worry.  Many of the psychologists we assist haven't visited New Zealand before moving. Therefore, we provide local knowledge and expertise to help you choose. We consider your unique situation and preferences so that we can match you with locations that meet your needs. 


In the next few posts, we will introduce you to the country's regions and provide individual posts about the cities and towns where we seek psychologists. These posts will cover local economies, housing markets, and community resources.


North Island Regions
South Island Regions

Doug McCall

Owner and Recruiter

Doug helps psychologists transition to working and living in New Zealand. He has extensive knowledge of local psychology practices, international relocation, and the job market for psychologists.