Singapore is too restrictive for my vote, and I have a limited knowledge of Mauritius, so of the remaining two, I would choose New Zealand hands down.
New Zealand has a far better record of diplomacy, neutrality, conservation and native rights than nearby Australia. While both countries exhibit similar governmental structure and social organization, New Zealand's big city crime is far less violent and prevalent than Australia - which to be fair is not unusual since Oz has larger and more crowded cities. But Australia, while having most of the same social programs that New Zealand does, has a more American-style attitude about the government's role in it, whereas New Zealand emulates a more liberal socialism (a la Canada).
Then there's the scenery - strictly speaking, it's far more gorgeous and compact in NZ than in Oz. Better beaches, better rainforests, more temperate climate, and mountains that match the grandeur of Canadian rockies and Swiss Alps.
Also, the people in NZ are more genuinely friendly in the larger towns and cities. This is a quality Australia lacks as it modernizes, the people are still friendly but less genuine about it. In NZ, everyone's happy.
You are far more likely to find gainfully employed and respected Maori in NZ than you would Aboriginals in Oz. New Zealand has an excellent track record in this area, and continues to promote indigineous self-sufficiency and employment, keeping close tabs on social programs.
Beer - Speights beats Fosters, VB, and XXXX hands down.
Extensive national parks, abundancy of unique adventure activities, and cheaper cost of living make New Zealand one of the premier expat destinations in the world.
Vagabond Mike - personal experience in both countries.
· 1 decade ago