New Zealand's mythical landscape, used as the backdrop for much of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, imbues an adventurous lifestyle of white water rafting, bungee jumping and other adrenaline-inducing activities. Small in size but big on variety, its North Island is home to Volcanoes, sandy beaches and farmland, while the South Island boasts glaciers, fjords and snow-capped peaks.
It covers all bases from ski resorts to cosmopolitan cities through to areas rich in Maori and Pacific Islands heritage. A passion for the outdoors and a love of Rugby Union unifies the country's large European-descended population and indigenous Maori groups.
- Beautiful country
- So much to see and do – there’s something for everyone
- Lots of job opportunities
- The chance to teach many varied nationalities
- Amazing wildlife
Things you might not know about Teaching English in New Zealand
- New Zealand has its fair share of bizarre wildlife – with the strange-looking kiwi bird, the world’s largest flightless parrot, the world’s largest earthworms and its oldest reptile!
- Almost a quarter of the population was born overseas.
- New Zealand’s Ninety-Mile Beach is, in fact, only 65 miles long!
- The kiwifruit was originally imported from China, and used to be known as the Chinese gooseberry!