Affectionately known as the Land of the Long White Cloud, New Zealand or Aotearoa is a small island country (similar in size to the UK or Japan) in the southwestern Pacfic Ocean, just below Australia. Our unique position in the south pacific has allowed for a strong seafaring tradition, and some of the world’s most captivating landscapes.
Home to around 4.5 million, New Zealand is a predominantly urban country, and is generally thought of as one of the best places in the world to live. In 2010, Auckland was ranked the world’s 4th most liveable city, with Wellington placing 12th, in the Mercer Quality of Life Survey.
Living with a Kiwi host family for up to twelve months, it’s our goal to immerse you in the best parts of our lifestyle and culture. From long, sun-kissed days at one of our magnificent beaches, to discovering the lush, wildlife-rich forests that range through the country, there’s always something close by to capture your imagination for a few hours!
New Zealand’s population is most easily described as a ‘cultural melting pot’, a patchwork of influences and perspectives that come together to create an vibrant and accepting atmosphere, often growing to be treasured by our visitors. Māori culture is especially important to the New Zealand identity, and we employ many Māori words into our everyday language. Typically, Kiwis are some of the most relaxed and friendly personalities in the world, and it’s not uncommon for a friendly conversation to strike up between strangers… you never know what you might find out!
Nestled at the bottom of the South Pacific, New Zealand enjoys a climate a dynamic subtropical climate. In the summer months, areas of the North enjoy radiant sunshine all day long, while alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10°C in the winter. Sitting between these two extremes, the majority of the country enjoys mild temperatures and balanced weather patterns throughout the year. Most places in New Zealand receive over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year, with Bay of Plenty and Nelson/Marlborough receiving close to 2,500 hours!