1. New Plymouth
With its low crime rate, low unemployment levels, and affordable family homes, New Plymouth is a great place to raise your kids.
The local oil and gas industry helps drive a thriving local economy and Taranaki performs well in both NCEA National Standards and university entrance rates for leavers.
Handy to both the mountain and the beaches, your kids can ski and surf close to home.
In 2008, New Plymouth was rated the best city of its size in the world and commended both for its Coastal Cycleway and sustainability by the International Awards for Liveable Communities.
The same year, North and South magazine judged it “the best place in New Zealand to live, love, work and raise a family.”