Retire to New Zealand - there's not many better options.

Retire to New Zealand one of the most beautiful countries in the world, multi cultural, healthy, sport loving, with temperate weather, little air pollution, a progressive vibe, and an average life expectancy two years higher than in the U.S.

The country is about the same size as Italy, the United Kingdom or the U.S state of Colorado. Comprising two large islands, North Island and South Island, plus several smaller ones of which Stewart Island is the largest and often referred to as 'the third island'.

The North and South Islands are separated by the 32km (20 mile) wide Cook Strait. To the north and east lies the Pacific Ocean and between New Zealand and Australia is the Tasman Sea.

In a recent International Living survey New Zealand was voted one of the world's healthiest places to live. With a population of only just over 4 million, stress free and healthy could best describe the exceptional lifestyle.

No matter where you live in New Zealand, you are probably less than an hour away from the ocean, and less than 4 hours from a ski slope. Which means on the same day you can mountain bike, snowboard and surf! However the most popular participation sports are, not the hard core competitive ones, but walking and hiking.

Over a third of New Zealand is made up of protected parkland and marine reserves. These include a stunning variations of scenery, vegetation and geography, and with the temperate climate offers many opportunities to indulge an outdoor lifestyle. New Zealand is reputed to have some of the best trout fishing in the world. And also has approximately 400 golf-courses … per head more than any other country in the world!

New Zealand cuisine and regional wineries are well-regarded internationally - so there is plenty to stimulate your taste buds.

Retire to New Zealand

If you're tempted to enjoy a leisurely retirement lifestyle in New Zealand and have funds to invest, you can consider applying for a visa under the retirement policy.

There are two options for those looking to retire to New Zealand:

  • Temporary Retirement Category – A two year renewable visa for those aged 66 years or over, requiring a NZ $750,000 (US $ 550 000) investment.
  • Parent Retirement Category – A permanent residence visa for people of any age who wish to invest NZ $1 million (US $730 000) over four years and who have children who are New Zealand residents or citizens.

If you have capital to invest together with your experience, business expertise and international connections, there may be options for a visa under the Business Migration Categories which has two categories:

  • Investing funds into New Zealand businesses and bonds.
  • Setting up a business in New Zealand.

If you’re looking to retire to New Zealand for an exceptional lifestyle and possibly an investment opportunity, New Zealand can provide you with both. Small businesses that are progressive and First World are very common in New Zealand.

The weather in New Zealand varies greatly throughout the country. Even though it’s such a small country it could be sunny and warm on the East Coast, and pouring with rain on the West Coast This is partly due to the chain of mountains running through the centre.

In winter, the average maximum temperature ranges between 10-15C (50-59F).The far north of New Zealand has an average temperature of 15C (59OF), and is the warmest part of the country throughout the year. In summer it’s not unusual for the temperature to be between the mid-20's to early 30'sC (77-90OF). 

The cost of living would not put New Zealand into the cheap retirement destination category but rather a good value destination. However by world standards property prices are reasonably cheap.

Medical costs are generally free or at least affordable. Under the public system, essential heath care is provided free to all residents. This means that while some routine services, such as visits to doctors and dentists have to be paid for, more costly services, such as hospital treatment are free for all residents.

The only downsides to retire to New Zealand are that it is relatively difficult and expensive to get into the country and it is quite a long haul from Europe and the U.S.

In the most comprehensive migrant research (Longitudinal Immigration Study) ever done in New Zealand. 7 000 immigrants were tracked over their first three years of residency. The results showed that most new residents were satisfied, well settled and even recommending New Zealand to their friends and family overseas.

Retire to New Zealand a country where you'll want for nothing and live out your years in healthy and safe … a better home from home destination.

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