Living in New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealanders are proud to call ourselves ‘Kiwis’. Our country is famous for its safety, the friendly people and the spectacular landscapes that we are lucky to call home.

Throughout this remarkable land, you will find breathtaking scenery blended with a rich and diverse culture that is welcoming to all people.

Queen Margaret College is located at the heart of Wellington – New Zealand’s vibrant capital city and the creative and political heartbeat of our nation.

Our people

Kiwis are friendly and welcoming people who care for each other and our environment.

Our population of five million is among the most diverse in the world, with significant Māori, European, Pacific Island and Asian influences. Three quarters of the population live in the North Island, with 425,000 calling Wellington their home.

New Zealanders share similar values that have grown from Māori culture, our adventurous and pioneering spirit, and our love for exploring the great outdoors.


New Zealand is one of the safest countries in the world, which makes it easy to get out and enjoy our cities and nature.

Walking and cycling through Wellington streets, catching public transportation and exploring the beautiful hills around town can all be done without fear for your security.

Crime does exist in New Zealand, but on a significantly lower level than most parts of the world. The 2017 Global Peace Index ranked New Zealand as the world’s second safest country, only trailing Iceland.

Why Wellington?

Wellington consistently ranks as one of the most livable cities in the world. If offers a cosmopolitan and easy-going lifestyle, an extensive café culture coupled with acres of forest, all situated around a beautiful and busy harbour.

Unlike much of the country, Wellington offers short commutes and much of the central city can be explored on foot.

Wellingtonians are also among the most highly educated in New Zealand, with creative minds, political problem solvers and technological leaders all keeping our city moving. There’s no shortage of inspiration to draw on, or experts to learn from.

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