Perks of life on the land

Living rurally on a dairy farm

In New Zealand, we’re spoiled for choice with incredible scenery. There’s no better way to enjoy it than spending your days on the land.

Living rurally gives you the chance to earn in wide-open spaces while staying connected to urban life in your nearest town or city.

A job on a dairy farm may include housing on the property. Rent in rural areas is generally lower than in towns or cities, so you can get onto the property ladder faster and don’t have to waste time (or petrol money) commuting to work. That gives you a leg up on the property ladder, plus more time for what really matters.

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Socialising in rural areas

Moving to the country can enhance your social life.

Flexible rosters give you more time to enjoy the outdoors with other like-minded people. You might acquire a new hobby or pick up a forgotten one.

Groups like NZ Young Farmers and Dairy Women’s Network make it easier to meet new people, and get off-farm for some fun.

Family life on a dairy farm

Bringing up a family on a farm is another benefit to living rurally. 

Rural communities tend to be very welcoming and make sports and outdoor activities easily accessible. Rural schools have smaller classroom sizes for enriched learning opportunities.

A shift to the country might mean a move for your whole family. It’s a great idea to explore the benefits together. 

Hear from Emily who swapped city life for life on the farm with her partner.


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