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Information on New Zealand

Enhance your medical lifestyle with Pilkington Medics!

New Zealand boasts an unbeatable lifestyle. Whether you're into outdoor pursuits, or arts and culture - there's something to suit all tastes. With its great climate, breathtaking scenery, unique flora and relaxed way of life, New Zealand is the ideal place to advance your career, while living life to the max!

Did you know?

New Zealand's wildlife is dominated by birds - with an estimated 245 species, many of which are only found in New Zealand.  New Zealand has more flightless bird species than anywhere else on earth.

Pilkington Medics can provide you with support - from bringing your family with you, to looking for a home or setting up a bank account in New Zealand. To get you started, here are some commonly asked questions (and some handy links and facts) to help you plan your move.

Are you planning on exploring New Zealand?

New Zealand : 100% Pure is the New Zealand Government's official tourism website, and should make it easy to plan your sight-seeing!

Need some peace and quiet on the weekend?

New Zealand's 13 national parks cover just under 2.5 million hectares of land. 

Do you want to find out about New Zealand's climate and weather?

The MetService gives weather forecasts, trends and information about New Zealand's weather.

Need to check out the afternoon's forecast?

New Zealand is the country with the second most number of golf courses per capita

The New Zealand Climate page of New Zealand's Tourism website gives an overview of the country's climate - as well as the regional and seasonal differences.

Need to find that uncrowded beach?

New Zealand has 14 000 kilometres (8,700 miles) of coastline, making it the 10th longest coastline in the world. 

Are you bringing your family with you to New Zealand?

The Information for Parents page of New Zealand's Ministry of Education website gives handy tips and general information about choosing a school.

New Zealand ranks #7 in 2010 worldwide rankings of student performance (PDF 112 KB) in reading, maths and science, significantly above the OECD average in each area.

The Education in New Zealand page of New Zealand's Ministry of Education website explains how New Zealand's education system works. The page includes school terms and holiday dates, as well as a directory of education institutions.

There are eight universities in New Zealand, which ranks 6th in the countries with the most universities per capita.

Do you need to open a bank account in New Zealand?

Here is a list of registered banks in New Zealand (with links to each bank) from a website maintained by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

Our banking is not too bad either......

New Zealand was ranked as the world's least corrupt nation in Transparency International's 2010 rankings of OECD countries.  

Are you looking to rent a flat or house in New Zealand? is a good place to start if you are searching for real estate in all regions of New Zealand. also has an App available on iTunes.

Trademe (the New Zealand version of ebay) also has an extensive listing of flats and houses to buy or rent.

Would you like to immigrate to New Zealand?

Immigration New Zealand has detailed information about applications, visas and life in New Zealand.

22% of New Zealand's residents were born overseas.

Do you need more information about medical registration in New Zealand?

The Medical Council of New Zealand has all the information you need - from registration, fitness to practise and support for doctors and advice on settling in New Zealand.

Contact Pilkington Medics to enhance your lifestyle!