“Do any retirement bargains exist in any English-speaking countries, such as Australia or New Zealand?”
— Charles L., United States
The trouble with Australia and New Zealand is establishing residency. The rules change often, but, bottom line, neither of these countries is clamoring to attract foreign retirees.
Because of the restrictions and hurdles to full-time residency, part-time living makes more sense in both these places. You could live here during their summer, then return to the Northern Hemisphere during their winter.
Options in New Zealand range from Auckland for city life to Christchurch for mid-sized town life to Queenstown for high-end expat life…and everything in between. Cost of living could be cheaper than in the U.S., depending where you’re coming from in the States. But neither New Zealand nor Australia is an extraordinary bargain.
Tasmania could be an interesting option. It’s beautiful, peaceful, and safe and is increasingly popular as a retirement destination among Australians.