Best cities to raise a family in New Zealand

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best cities to raise a family in new ZealandDo you want to know the best cities to raise a family in New Zealand? Then you’ve come to the right place.

Homeday, a German online real estate platform, conducted a comprehensive study to determine the best cities around the world for families. New Zealand featured twice, with two major cities.

Here’s how we’re going to break it down for you:

  • Main categories: Detailing the factors the cities on the list were graded against.
  • New Zealand’s top cities for families: Revealing the cities.
  • Background: Brief background on how the study was conducted.

Main categories

Homeday chose to evaluate cities using five categories, each with its own set of determining factors:


  • Housing: Affordability of housing according to salary and average house prices.
  • Education system: The quality of education in the city, with a specific focus on mathematics, reading, and science.
  • Safety: The safety of cities were determined by looking at both evidence of crime and perception of security.
  • Affordability: Comparison of salaries and cost of living.
  • Unemployment: The unemployment rate in a city.
  • Pollution: The levels of air, noise and light pollution. Naturally, the less pollution, the better a city did.
  • Transportation: The quality of transport in the city, looking at both road congestion and public transport.

Maternity Law and Health

  • National Maternity/Paternity Law: Paid maternity leave available, full paid parental leave available, both maternity and paternity.
  • Healthcare: The quality of healthcare, looking at the percentage of GDP spent on healthcare as well as the percentage of the population covered by private or public health insurance.


The overall happiness of people in the city, for which the score was derived from the World Happiness Report.

Travel and Activities

  • Kid friendly airports: How friendly local airports are for kids, especially for families with young children.
  • Green spaces: How many green public spaces a city has.
  • Activities for kids: The activities on offer for kids, looking at the number of adventure parks, museums, hotels, and other travel and tourism factors affecting both residents and visitors.

Expert Perception

  • Parents: Parents were asked what factors contribute to a good family city, plus how good their city is for raising a family.
  • Professionals: Over 30 000 parenting experts and family journalists were asked to rate how good their city is for raising a family.

New Zealand’s top cities for raising a family

Two New Zealand cities made it onto Homeday’s list:

  • Auckland; and
  • Wellington.



Auckland is at the number 19 spot, out of 100 countries. It scored really well in just about every category and factor.

The city earned its highest score for ‘Pollution’, meaning there is very little pollution in the city. The second and third highest scores were for ‘Kid friendly airports’ and ‘Happiness’.

The lowest score was for ‘Maternity and Paternity law’, which could be a red flag for anyone who want to start their family in New Zealand.

The good far outweighs the ‘not so good’, however, which is why Auckland is above cities such as Berlin and London.



Wellington can be found 5 spots below Auckland at number 24.

This North Island city also scored best in ‘Pollution’, which is arguably a good indicator of how blue and healthy New Zealand’s skies are.

The second best score was achieved for ‘Parents’ under ‘Expert Perception’, which means many parents in Wellington view their city as a good city to raise a family.

‘Happiness’ was the third highest scoring factor, which again could be a good indicator of the overall happiness of people in New Zealand, when viewed together with Wellington’s results.

The lowest scoring factor was ‘Kid friendly airports’, a factor which would probably not deter many people from making a city their home.


You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more thorough study for families with children than this one! Homeday consulted with hundreds of parents, thousands of parenting and family experts, and dived into numerous statistics and studies.

The first step in their study was talking to the parents to find out what makes a city great for raising a family. Parents were also asked to rate their own cities.

Using this feedback, Homeday determined the categories and factors against which thousands of cities in the world were graded against. Only the 100 best cities made the final list.

To round off the study, Homeday asked 30 000 parenting experts and family journalists to rate how good their own city is for raising a family. Homeday then ranked all of these factors to determine the final score of each city.

Keen to see which other cities made the list?

Homeday stresses that the cities on their list are the best 100 out of thousands, which means all the cities found on the list are good cities to raise a family.

Get the full report here.

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