Life in New Zealand

Life in New Zealand

New Zealand is an extremely beautiful country with a multicultural population of approximately 4.8 million people. New Zealand has a rich cultural life, with a mixed population of European, Maori, Polynesian, Asian, etc. New Zealanders are considered friendly and easy going people who love to meet people from different cultures.

New Zealand is an English speaking country with a British heritage, but does not have the regional accents and dialects of Britain or the USA. So you’ll soon find Kiwi is quite easy to understand. The grammar is exactly the same and the vocabulary is 99.9% the same as the United states. Our education system is respected worldwide. If you want to be safe and meet friendly people, New Zealand is the best the English speaking country.

In New Zealand, you can enjoy both urban and rural lifestyle. The country is full of luscious mountains, large forests, beautiful plains, lakes, and beaches. People from all over the world come to New Zealand to visit the dramatic and varied landscapes, colourful oceans and beaches, and snow clad mountains. New Zealand has a temperate climate, and the country is surrounded by the Pacific and Tasman Oceans.

New Zealand is also unpolluted and nuclear free. And even the world famous national parks have no dangerous animals or insects. The low exchange rate and cost of living means you can live, study and travel for 20 – 50% less than other English speaking countries. New Zealand’s great outdoors are clean, green and unspoiled. Uniquely blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches, harbours, mountains, fields, forests and lakes in the world, New Zealand is ready to be explored. Travelling to these destinations are fast and easy, just one hour by air! Pure NZ is our recommended link for more information on visiting New Zealand (site is available in English, Chinese, German, Japanese and Korean).

New Zealand is known for exporting products like fish, meat, fruits, dairy products and timber. The country is also leading in areas like information technology, biological and medical research. New Zealand is also gaining popularity in areas such as tourism and education. All in all, New Zealand is a great place to STUDY, WORK, and LIVE.




New Zealand currency (NZ Dollar) has been very low in the first half of 2018. International students and tourists can get a fairly good exchange rate and this further gives them high purchasing power.


New Zealand gave shelter to Europeans, Maoris, Polynesians, and Asians. People from different countries can reside here and maintain their culture and religion. New Zealand law guarantees the freedom of worship, and therefore people from different cultures can easily remain close to their culture and religion.


New Zealand’s transportation system is appreciated by everyone. When a student or tourist arrives, they can easily hire a cab and even avail air, rail and bus services. There are regular flights to different cities from the major airports. The air, rail, and bus fares are also considerably cheap.

Education Sector

Auckland is considered education hub of New Zealand, with internationally acclaimed universities, research centers, top secondary schools, and legion of world class language schools. Auckland region alone has about 50% of total international students that reside in New Zealand.

Industrial Sector

Auckland region also attracted more than $300 million overseas investment in the past few years and has many industries such as: education, manufacturing, distribution and service industries. In fact, most of the creative sector jobs can be found in Auckland. Auckland has a robust infrastructure that easily caters the current and future business needs.



Life in Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest and most diverse city, with a population of approximately 1.5 million people. Living in Auckland, you are never more than 20 minutes away from one of the many beautiful beaches. ICL Education campus is located right in the heart of it all in the central CBD. Buses, trains and ferry are a short walk from the campus, making it easy to explore the city. You’ll never be stuck for things to do while in Auckland. The City Centre is by the amazing waterfront with thousands of boats which is why Auckland is called ‘The City of Sails’. Auckland has more boats per capital than any other city in the world! Auckland is the commercial heart of New Zealand, with a wide range of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. In the Mercer Consulting 2016 international survey, Auckland was ranked third in the world for its quality of living, for the third year running. The Auckland City website offers a good insight into all the things you can do in our wonderful city, at any budget. School staff will be happy to help you plan your travel.

Driving in Auckland

We recommend that you discuss with your tutor or a student support staff member before you drive or buy a car while you are in New Zealand. Even if you have a driver’s license from your country it is important to know the NZ Road Code rules for driving and to be aware of Auckland driving conditions and of countryside driving conditions. Many people who are experienced drivers in their own country find NZ rules and conditions quite different.

The School can help you learn and understand the NZ Road Code. It is best to do this before you attempt to drive. The School can also help to arrange driving lessons from an instructor in your own language. Even if you already have a license, we strongly recommend that you have at least two lessons with a qualified driving instructor to familiarize yourself with Auckland traffic rules and conditions. The best advice we can give is that you obtain your New Zealand license. If you are planning to buy a car, we recommend that you talk first to your first language support staff. The car you buy will need to be registered and have a Warrant Of Fitness no more than one month old; this is a legal requirement and will ensure that the car is safe to drive. We strongly recommend that you obtain insurance before driving your car. Your first language support staff can provide information on car insurance as well.




Miscellaneous Costs
Bus Pass – per month $85 – 139 (depends on distance)
Movie theatre ticket $15 – 20
Fish’n’chips takeaway meal $4.50 -20.00
Gym membership at City Gym (1 month) $50 – 100
Packet of 20 cigarettes (Marlboro) $18.00 – 25.00
Can of Coke/Soda $1.50-2.00
Daily newspaper $1.20
Big Mac (Burger only) $5.95-6.90
2 litre milk $3.45-3.80
Reasonable “Student Car” $3,000 – $8,000
Video, DVD hire (new release, overnight) $4.00 – 9.00
Internet Café, per hour $2.00 – 4.00
Starbucks Coffee $4.50-6.50
6 pack of NZ beer (supermarket) $10.00-15.00
330 ml bottle beer (bar price) $4.00 – 4.50
T-shirt $5 – $50
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