Great weather, excellent job opportunities, family-friendly cities – New Zealand’s North Island has it all. If you’re looking to move to the North Island, or move within the North Island, it can be a slightly difficult choice; there are many beautiful, liveable cities in which to make a life for yourself.

That’s why we’re here to help. The team at New Zealand Movers outline some of the top destinations to move to in the North Island, telling us what’s so great about them and why they could be the perfect place for you.


Wellington is known for being one of the most liveable cities in the world. It’s ranked as one of the world’s cleanest and least polluted cities, and it also ranks highly in energy bill and cost of living affordability. New Zealand’s capital also enjoys a range of job markets which are booming. Tourism and technology are two industries that play a large role in Wellington’s booming job market, along with education and healthcare.


Tauranga is one of the North Island’s fastest growing cities, and there’s no wonder why. With its mild weather, affordable housing, low cost of living and beautiful beaches, it’s the jewel of the Bay of Plenty region. Industries of construction, agriculture, healthcare, education, retail and hospitality are all in high demand of more workers, so you won’t be short of a job if you work in any of these fields.


One of the North Island’s top tourist destinations, Rotorua is one of the best cities to move to. A medium-sized city with over 70,000 inhabitants, the city is home to several spa resorts thanks to the geothermal activity in the region. Homes are considerably more affordable in Rotorua compared with larger cities like Hamilton and Auckland.


A beautiful resort city in a natural landscape, Taupo is one of the latest North Island cities experiencing a population boom. What draws people to Taupo is the laidback atmosphere, the stunning Lake Taupo, jobs in tourism and environment, the inexpensive property prices.


The Hawkes Bay region is a vibrant, characterful area and the twin towns of Napier and Hastings reflect this perfectly. Known for excellent produce, wine and art deco architecture, the Hawkes Bay region is affordable and presents job opportunities in fishing, agriculture, viticulture and docking.


Hamilton is frequently said to be New Zealand’s safest cities, being low risk when it comes to earthquakes and tsunamis, and having a low crime rate, too. Hamilton is a haven for families looking for more affordable housing compared with Auckland, which is just a 90-minute drive away.

New Zealand Movers love providing an easy, stress-free move to the North Island. As New Zealand’s premier moving service, they’re known for high quality purpose built moving vans and trucks, experienced staff and competitive rates, moving you across the street or across the world. Grab yourself a quote and book in quick!


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