New Zealand offers you not only their various chance of education but also a life full of adventure. With their magnificent nature, a world class facility in their institutions and multicultural town’s atmosphere, New Zealand surprisingly being more popular than ever.
New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pasific Ocean, to the southeast of Australia. It is comprises of two main landmasses: the North Island and the South Island, also numerous smaller islands. The total population in New Zealand was last recorded at 4.5 million people, majority of European descent.
Here are four largest cities in New Zealand:
Auckland is located in the North Island. It is New Zealand’s largest city and major International gateway so the students will most likely arrive here.
Wellington is the second most populous and the capital city of New Zealand. It is located in the south-western tip of the North Island.
Christchurch is the largest and busiest city in New Zealand’s South Island.
Hamilton is located in the North Island. Initially an agriculture service centre, it is now the fourth largest most populous city in New Zealand. Education and research are important to the city as the city is home to approximately 40,000 tertiary students and 1,000 PhD-qualified scientists.
New Zealand has two time zones, they are:
During summer, daylight saving time is observed and clocks are advanced one hour on both time zones.
Education in New Zealand is one of the best in the world. There are eight universities throughout the country, 18 polytechnics and institutes of technology, around 600 private training institutions which will help with specialized skills, 27 English Language schools and around 20 industry training organizations.
Five of the universities in New Zealand are considered to be in the top 50 of the world’s universities based on the QS World Top 500 rankings. You can learn more about the education in New Zealand at The Ministry of Education’s (http://www.education.govt.nz) website or leave us a message here and we will get back to you soon.
Regarding the cost of living in New Zealand, it’s difficult to estimate an average cost as it varies depending on where you live and also your lifestyle. If you live in the four big cities, like Wellington or Auckland, your cost of living will be much higher than if you live in the country. Rough guide of possible weekly expenses if you live in the big cities is around NZ$1,500 to NZ$1,800 per month to cover your accommodation, food, clothing, transportation, telecommunication and other daily needs. University students are permitted work part-time up to 20 hours a week during the term and up to 40 hours during the holiday. However, you should not expect to cover your tuition fees or living expense from the money earned from the part-time job. On average, you can only earn about NZ$8 to NZ$15 per hour from it.
There are three main options of accommodation for International students in New Zealand. Here are the options:
Those studying English will better living with a homestay family. The students will live with a New Zealand family in their home home. Food, bedding and anything the students need to live comfortably will be provided by the family. It is a good option as it is a great opportunity for students to get to know more about New Zealand and how the people live.
Hostel is commonly used by International students. The students will have their own room or share a room with another student in a building. Even though meals are usually provided in a communal dining room, some hostels have kitchen for students to use.
Renting a house or apartment, either on your own or with friends is another popular choice for many International students. Most apartment in New Zealand is unfurnished, so you will need to furnish it first before you can move in. Be sure to check for a second-hand furniture since it will be a lot cheaper than buying a new one.
Before looking for a place to rent, gather as many information as you can about the types of properties, costs and locations. You can consult us regarding this matter, and we will guide you to find the one that suits your needs.
New Zealand country code is 64
For a domestic phone calls, dial the code (if you are calling a different city) then press the phone number. Calling mobile phones from a landline in New Zealand can be done by dialing (02) before pressing the mobile phone number.
Area codes for the four big cities:
To make an international call, dial (00) followed by the country code of the country you call to and area code (if needed), then press the phone number.
Emergency services: (111) or (112) for GSM mobiles