Immigration to New Zealand. How to move to New Zealand?

Whether you plan to take a job opportunity and live permanently in Wellington, or you decided to immigrate to New Zealand with your family, Eurosender provides the best removal services. We have prepared the most important information about visa regulations, cost of moving to New Zealand and other essential tips to ease the relocation process for you. Check the tips on how to immigrate to New Zealand, and explore what to know when moving to New Zealand from the USA, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and many other countries.
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THE BASICS

What to know before moving to New Zealand

Moving to New Zealand is probably going to be one of the biggest adventures in your life. So, you better come prepared. Before booking an international removal service to New Zealand, it is vital that you know some basic information such as what time it is and what currency you need for your payments. Explore this guide and basic facts about living in New Zealand:
Capital
Wellington
Timezone
UTC +12
Currency
New Zealand dollar, NZ$
Population
4.886 million
Official Language
Māori, English, New Zealand Sign Language
Dialling code
+64
Emergency number
111
Driving
On the left side

BEFORE MOVING

The cost to immigrate to New Zealand. International removal services

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Visa requirements when moving to New Zealand

If you are moving to New Zealand for a short period of time from the USA, European countries or from any other country mentioned in the list of visa waiver countries and territories, you don’t need to obtain a visa to stay in the country for up to 3 months. If you are moving to New Zealand from the United Kingdom, you can live there for up to 6 months without a visa.

If you’re thinking of relocating to New Zealand to work for a few years, or maybe even to settle, you’ll need a work permit or resident visa.

When planning your move to New Zealand, keep in mind that there are certain restrictions regarding the goods you can bring. These include food, plants, animal products and outdoor recreational equipment. We recommend reading this information on the country’s official website.

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Long term rentals and property in New Zealand

Many expats moving to New Zealand prefer apartments for rent instead of buying property. Auckland and Wellington are the most expensive cities when it comes to rent and real estate prices.

If you are moving to New Zealand alone or as a student, you can rent a one-bedroom apartment that will cost around €900 per month in the city centre and about €700 in the suburbs. When you are immigrating to New Zealand with family, a three-bedroom apartment will cost you around €1200-1600 per month. Keep in mind that utility bills are not included in rental prices in New Zealand.


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LIVING IN NEW ZEALAND

The cost of living in New Zealand

The cost of living in New Zealand can vary depending on where in the city you choose to settle in. Generally, the cost of living in New Zealand is similar to other western countries. In fact, a family of four spends around €3,600 to €4,800 per month.

The average monthly salary in New Zealand is around €4300. A meal for two people will cost you around €50, while a basic utility bill will cost nearly €100 per month.

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The job market in New Zealand. How to find a job in New Zealand?

The job market in New Zealand is quite competitive, and it is not exactly easy to find a job there. There are not many job opportunities if compared to the USA or the UK, and the salaries are not as high. Still, you can find a job in New Zealand in construction and IT, which are currently in high demand across the country. There is plenty of seasonal work in New Zealand, such as in orchard or market gardens. Locals usually refuse this type of work as the workload is high and the pay low, it is also not permanent employment.


Education and schools in New Zealand

The three main school types found in New Zealand are state, state-integrated and private schools. When moving to New Zealand with kids, you’ll be glad to know that state schools are free as long as you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

There are also state-integrated schools, which typically are Roman Catholic. These schools in New Zealand are former private schools that have integrated into the state school system.

Some expats who relocated to New Zealand prefer private schools for their children.

Pre-School
Age: 1-4
Compulsory: No
Primary School
Age: 5-12
Compulsory: Yes
Secondary School
Age: 13-17
Compulsory: Yes
Senior Secondary
Age: 17-18
Compulsory: Yes

The healthcare system in New Zealand

The healthcare system in New Zealand is at a high level. The public healthcare system in New Zealand gives permanent residents access to free hospital care, as well as emergency treatment. Expats living in New Zealand can opt for private healthcare facilities if they want to have access to top-quality medical treatments and avoid long waiting time. If you plan a relocation to New Zealand, you can purchase international healthcare insurance from a renowned insurer in your country.


Driving in New Zealand. Should I get a New Zeland driving licence?

You can drive in New Zealand with your local driving licence (when it is in English) or with an International Driving Permit for 12 months. After that, you should get a driving licence in New Zealand.

Some of the driving rules and tips in New Zealand:

  • Be prepared to drive on the left in New Zealand.
  • Due to the huge natural diversity, some routes and roads can be a bit inconvenient to travel. Also, the duration of your trip may be a little longer than your navigator indicated.
  • Not all roads have asphalt. Be careful when you drive on a gravel or dirt road.
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Advantages and disadvantages of living in New Zealand

Expats and immigrants who relocated to New Zealand allocate the following aspects of living there:

  • The style of living in New Zeland is very relaxing and peaceful. People spend more time focusing on their families, nature and daily routine rather than on earning money.
  • If you love historic architecture, New Zealand may not be the best place for you. There are not many beautiful old buildings in the country.
  • If you are thinking of living in New Zealand, you should plan to drive yourself wherever you need to go. There isn’t a lot of public transportation in place.

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MOVING DESTINATIONS

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Moving to New Zealand from the US

If you want to relocate to New Zealand from the USA, look no further. Eurosender offers multiple relocation services and the lowest prices in the market so you can easily move house to New Zealand. Our booking platform will give you an instant price for shipping furniture, clothes and other households to New Zealand in just a few clicks.

Moving to New Zealand from the UK

Eurosender provides a cost-effective and convenient way to immigrate to New Zealand from the United Kingdom. Thanks to the vast network of logistics partners and most reliable carriers, we can help you organise your international removal to New Zealand, at the best price. Contact our experts and get a tailored solution when moving to New Zealand from the UK.

Moving to New Zealand from Australia

With such a short distance between the countries, moving to New Zealand may feel like a small journey. When relocating to New Zeland with Eurosender’s removal services, you can benefit even more and rest assured that you won’t be overpaying for the service. Choose your route and type of service to compare prices when relocating to New Zealand.


Disclaimer: All information on this page is true and correct as of 11.03.2020 and is subject to change at any time. Eurosender is not responsible for any updates or changes to any information on this page or actions taken by parties as a result of outdated information. Nevertheless, we do our best to keep all information across our website as current as possible.