New Zealand has become a popular destination for people from around the world looking to live in a safe country with first world facilities. Isolated in the vastness of the South Pacific, New Zealand is further away from the world’s major trouble spots than any other country on the planet. The economy is healthy and with ongoing need for workers in a number of locations, there are definitely opportunities right now.

New Zealand is one of the world’s top destinations for backpackers to explore. Young Europeans, especially Germans, love New Zealand with its amazingly variable landscape, ranging from rolling meadows to some of the most spectacular alpine scenery in the world. Backpackers I have spoken to say they feel totally safe hitch hiking along the country’s highways. They comment on the friendliness of the Kiwis they meet, some even amazed, on arriving in a country town to be given free accommodation in family homes.  “It was very nice they gave me a bed for the night in their farmhouse. The family I didn’t know. They were very friendly,” Werner revealed as we shared a table in a Queenstown cafe. read more