New Zealand just like home

October 19, 2009

The New Zealand south island city of Christchurch has emerged as the new hot-spot for immigrating Britons to that country. It is believed that the similarities with towns such as Cambridge and York is the reason for the new trend.

The city itself is famed for its churches, a stunning medieval town square and even a river Avon where punting is the norm. The city was named after one of its founders who had attended Christ Church in Oxford and is overlooked by green fields and the snow-capped Southern Alps. According to New Zealand census data over the past five years there are now three suburbs from Christchurch in the top ten destinations for British migrants; Selwyn, Port Hills and Waimakiriri. In all of these suburbs, British migrants were the largest group. New Zealand’s largest city is Auckland. It remains the top destination with traditional harbour side suburbs such as the North Shore and East Coast Bays being preferred. Statistics also revealed that most Britons choose to live outside of the CBD in major cities, instead preferring to reside in hill-top or beachside suburbs with views and access to the sea and beaches. Many also take advantage of the relatively orderly public transport system which allows children to commute easily to school. Most have plots of land far larger than back in the UK and many expats dabble with ‘lifestyle blocks’, which allows farming, fruit-growing or wine making. UK immigrants lead all nations moving to New Zealand, comprising 17% of the total number. China is second at 13% ahead of South Africa at 11%.