Most Liveable City in New Zealand

If you are trying to find the best place to live in New Zealand, your first instinct may be to look at big cities, however, whilst cities such as Auckland and Christchurch are great places to live, look towards the smaller towns and regions and you may be rewarded by what is on offer! The Kiwi lifestyle isn’t about big cities and bright lights, but about cloud tipped mountains, rushing rivers and turquoise waters. The smaller towns in New Zealand offer culture and lifestyle that isn’t found in big cities. When choosing your home in New Zealand do not think that you have to find the perfect home in the first try. Each part of New Zealand has its own personality and to find the one that is right for you, you may want to live in a few different places. Moving in New Zealand is easy with New Zealand’s largest moving company, Allied.

We have compiled a list of some of the best places to live in New Zealand:

Nelson & Golden Bay

Nelson is a city in the northern parts of New Zealand’s South Islands. A wonderful blend of foodie and arts heaven, it is in one of the sunniest parts of New Zealand and only a short drive from the picturesque golden bay. Nelson and is known to attract tourists from all places, including the rich and famous. The crystal-clear waters around the Abel Tasman National park is a short drive from Nelson, and is a hot spot for campers and outdoors lovers alike. Nelson is a great place for families, with plenty of schooling opportunities as well as great community events. Nelson is a great place for people of all ages as there is plenty of activity for younger people in the form of bars and cafes as well as a more tranquil lifestyle for the older generations. Visit our local information page for more about moving to Nelson, New Zealand.


If you can handle the smell of sulphur then Rotorua is a great place to live. The beautiful landscape that surrounds the city encapsulates what it is to be New Zealand. Rotorua is home to bubbling mud pools, volcanic landscapes and thermal hot springs, making it a year-round attraction for people from around the world. Rotorua is a nature lover’s paradise that offers plenty of opportunity for those who enjoy spending their time off partaking in outdoor activities such as bike riding, trail running and fishing. Rotorua is 3 hours’ drive from Auckland so if you feel the need to spend a weekend in the big city then it is as simple as hopping in the car.

Bay of Islands

The bay of islands is an enclave which exists of around 140 islands, clustered around the northern regions of the North Island just above Taupo Bay. They have been described as nothing other than breath-taking with beautiful blue waters that are perfect for sailing. Whilst the Bay of Islands is certainly beautiful, they are very remote and you may find it difficult to find employment, especially in the winter months, when the hustle and bustle of summer tourism has does down.


Dunedin is the second largest city in the South Island and it is often referred to as one of the most liveable cities in New Zealand. In 2016 it was voted as the best place to live in New Zealand based of its sense of safety, housing prices and civic pride. Its coastal location is beautiful with a good consistent surf and is a delightful hub of markets, bars and galleries along with the only castle in New Zealand. Dunedin is also home to the worlds steepest street! The city is a healthy mix of locals and tourists and has a laid-back feel and simple lifestyle. The city has a good public transport system with busses. Dunedin is a good base point for those who are wishing to travel further south to places such as Invercargill and the Catlins. Visit our local information page for more about moving to Dunedin, New Zealand.


As New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington lives up to the expectation as a wonderful place to live. It is a small city that could be referred to as a big town, as it retains is charm and personality that is often lost in larger cities. Wellington has easy access to some beautiful beaches and lovely landscape which surrounds it. Wellington is a university city as well as a hub for business. You will be likely to find work in Wellington whether you wish to work in hospitality, business or likewise. Wellington has an excellent public transport system along with trendy cafes, bars and restaurants in abundance. If you can handle the wind – Wellington didn’t get the name ‘Windy Welly’ for nothing, then Wellington is a great place to live. Visit our local information page for more about moving to Wellington, New Zealand.


The Stark beauty of Queenstown never ceases to amaze those who live in Queenstown. This city captures perfectly the culture and lifestyle of the Kiwis. Unsurprisingly, Queenstown is one of the most popular places in New Zealand to live, and anyone who goes there can see why. It is a great place for people of all ages, with plenty of activities and events that go on that are suitable for people of all ages. The Skyline Gondola gives people an amazing view of the city and the world-famous mountains which surround it. But all this splendour comes at a price, with cost of living and housing prices being some of the highest in New Zealand.


Taupo may surprise you with its energy and beauty. As a smaller city in New Zealand, you will be pleased to know that there is never a lack of events going on, on the weekends, and is well serviced for shops and amenities. Its proximity to several bodies of water mean that it does not seem landlocked. Natural hot springs and a laidback, simple lifestyle are found in Taupo and those who live here enjoy low crime rates, affordable housing and great education opportunities for those who would like to live here with their families.

New Zealand is rich with natural beauty and wherever you choose to live in New Zealand, you will be amazed by not only your surroundings but also by the people that live there. Wherever you choose to move in New Zealand, make sure that you use the mover that you trust. Allied are New Zealand’s largest movers and with multiple locations across the North and South Islands, we are here to provide you with a top-quality service, wherever you are in New Zealand. Just call us on 0800 255 433 for a free quote today.