It always amazes me when folk from abroad rock up in a new job in a country they have never lived in before and start talking about "work/life balance".
Too many immigrant workers have a poorly hidden sense of superiority and entitlement. And you don't just find these people in IT. Seven day a week 14 hours a day projects are just as common in NZ as they are in Silicon Valley. All too often British immigrants (aka Poms) confuse being at work with working. Presentism is rife amongst Pom immigrants.
Sadly, the technical education of Poms is often a poor fit to their qualifications.The rash of new British universities appears not to have been entirely successful, if education was the aim.
Immigrants who buy imported food products are selling themselve short and costing themselves money. NZ is one of the world's great primary producers. NZ brands may be unfamiliar, but in most cases they are superior to their UK equivalent. Learn to buy meat from the butchers' shop at one of the big meatworks, great prices and you are cutting out the middlemen.
Would be immigrants should consider bringing a quality (German) car with them, organised properly, this can be finacially rewarding in due course. Immigrants with partners who have useful skills, such as clinical or teaching qualifications seem to integrate more quickly than ones who don't. Poms will know they are making progress on the integration front when they are referred to as a Brit rather than a Pom, its a big step up.
Whilst Poms might not like hearing about the All Blacks, they are relevant. The ABs have a terrific work rate and awesome technical skills, which is why they are the world's most successful team. Their example is taken to heart by all New Zealanders, which sets quite a standard for new arrivals.
Incidently, there is a difference between trekking and tramping. Kiwis find trekking rather a gentle acttivity.