New Zealand doesn’t have the endless sprawls of high-density housing or rows of towering high-rises you find elsewhere. There’s room to breathe and a wide variety of lifestyle options.
You can choose upbeat urban apartment living or a suburban backyard with room for children and a vegetable patch (we call this a ‘quarter acre paradise’). Alternatively you can go a little further afield and live by the sea or get close to nature in rural open spaces, perhaps with some farmland and animals (we call these lifestyle blocks).
Just be aware that New Zealand homes can lack features you’re used to. Many migrants notice a relative lack of double glazing, central heating or air conditioning – or install those features themselves.