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Moving abroad will undoubtedly have its obstacles, yet it will all be worth it once you find comfort in your new surroundings. For those moving from the U.S. to small island regions of New Zealand, you’ll find that culture isn’t much different from your own. Matter of fact, the country’s main language is English with nearly 90% of the population speaking English as their native language. Since the culture is so similar to that of the U.S., it shouldn’t be too hard to feel at home even as an expat to New Zealand.

Some things you’ll need to familiarize yourself with right away or perhaps before you even move to New Zealand are the laws, currency system, medical care options, and the popular terminology or slang used by the natives. One interesting thing you’ll certainly notice shortly after your arrival into the nation is that the natives are referred to as Kiwis. This name for natives has been around for ages and it is also associated with specific attributes such as having a kind attitude, being sociable, and the tradition of sharing food to bring people together.

Explore the Kiwi Culture and all that New Zealand has to Offer Its Residents

You’ll want to explore your neighborhood and surroundings as much as possible once you’re settled into your home. Find out where the best restaurants, grocery stores and markets, retail shops, boutiques, entertainment facilities, and other places of interest are located. Since the legal drinking age is 18 and alcohol is a common means of socializing, it is likely you’ll reside near many pubs. Going into a bar for a drink or two is one of the greatest ways to meet people native to the country.

One of the country’s most appealing features is its rich greenery and diverse landscape. As a collection of small islands you’ll not only get to explore the water and seemingly endless sandy shorelines, but volcanoes, caves, waterfalls, forests, mountains, and other natural geographical features. Your time spent exploring will lead to new discoveries every time and with so many natural elements, outdoor activities and sports are extremely popular among NZ citizens.

The cost of living in New Zealand is very similar to that of America’s. Meals, groceries, alcohol from the bar, and live music are just some of the things that will come similar prices as those they sell for in the states. What will probably cause you some confusion at first is the difference in currency. A U.S. dollar is worth NZ$1.47206 once converted. U.S. currency usually cost more than foreign nations’ but New Zealand is one of the few exceptions.

To become adapted to your new surroundings quicker, check out and enroll in any expat programs or groups available in the nation. Most countries will have groups like this to help place expats in homes and jobs. It also gives them a way to get acquainted with like-minded people from all over the world. Joining in these groups will make the transition easier and more exciting.

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