If you want somewhere with unequalled natural beauty, access to great outdoor activities (land & sea), awesome views around every corner, a 1st world health system, lack of congestion (maybe not Auckland), weather that isn’t stultifying, no snakes, good food, good music scene, creative people, socially progressive politics (mostly), abundant natural resources and a pension that is not means tested, New Zealand is the place. And they speak English too (kinda).
Top of the SI always appealed to me - Marlborough Sounds / Nelson area. There is a lot of smart money from US & Europe moving here, looking for a bolt hole from social strife.
I’ve lived in 3 countries & travelled to 43 across all 6 inhabited continents & IMO NZ is a very, very special place. It’s appeal increases every year as I get sicker of city life and appreciate the great outdoors more.