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Advice On Moving To New Zealand From Someone Who Has Actually Made The Move

We moved from London, United Kingdom to Auckland, New Zealand. At the time of our relocation to NZ we couldn’t find a comprehensive resource to help us with emigrating to New Zealand, so we created this one. Here are some tips and advice we wish we knew before we made the move to save you time, money and stress. This guide is specifically for those moving from the United Kingdom to New Zealand but it is actually useful for anyone moving to New Zealand from around the world, as the same checklist applies.

If you have any comments or queries about the information provided here please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. You can reach us through our contact page. We wish you the best of luck with your move to New Zealand, (in Maori – “Aotearoa” – “The Land of the Long White Cloud”)!

What is covered in this moving to New Zealand checklist?

We have put a lot of effort into creating the most comprehensive guide we could. Following our research and preparation for our move to New Zealand. We want to share our findings (and mistakes!) with you to ensure your move is as hassle-free as possible. Here is an overview of what we cover in this guide:

  1. NZ Visa Requirements

    Read this section to find out which visa you need and understand the differences between living in New Zealand as a resident or a citizen. Learn about the exact requirements to migrate to New Zealand.

  2. Becoming a New Zealand Citizen

    Considering becoming a New Zealand citizen? Firstly you will need to become a New Zealand resident. The various pathways available towards residency and citizenship will depend on when you move to New Zealand. Read through this section to find out everything you need to know on becoming a Kiwi (this section is coming soon).

  3. Moving Your Money To New Zealand

    Clearly you want to ensure you get the best deal you can on converting your hard-earned pounds sterling into New Zealand dollars. Here we share our experiences in setting up a New Zealand bank account before leaving the UK, and how to get the most New Zealand dollars for your pounds (or whichever currency you’re transferring from) with XE Money Transfer.

  4. The Cost of Living in New Zealand

    Learn how much money you will need to maintain your current standard of living and just how far your money will go in NZ.

  5. Healthcare in New Zealand

    Find information on how you are covered for both emergencies and less serious health issues under the New Zealand public healthcare system.

  6. Shipping Your Effects to New Zealand

    The big decision is whether to sell your belongings or ship some (or all of them) to New Zealand. This can be one of the most difficult decisions to make prior to the move. It certainly was for us, not having moved internationally before. In this section, you can learn from our experience and make the right decision.

  7. Best Time To Visit New Zealand

    Here we look at the best time of the year to visit New Zealand and provide a guide to what’s happening in NZ each month.

  8. Getting a New Zealand Driver’s Licence

    It’s pretty straightforward for Brits to get a New Zealand driver’s licence. It generally just involves completing a form, making an appointment to get a new photo along with taking an eyesight test and verifying your identity.

  9. Working in New Zealand 

    In this section, you can learn all about New Zealand jobs and employment options, along with tax and other aspects of starting work in New Zealand.

  10. Finding Somewhere to Live in New Zealand

    It has become dearer and more competitive to find a rental home in NZ’s major cities, which is why you will want to read about our experience of finding a rental home in Auckland. We also discuss which are the best places to live in NZ.

  11. Buying a Home in New Zealand

    Are you looking at buying a home in New Zealand instead of renting? Get a head start by reading our home buyers guide.

  12. Taking Your Pets With You To New Zealand

    Are you considering taking your cat or dog with you to NZ? Coming from the UK there is a 10 day quarantine period for pets. We’ve got some excellent advice in this section to help you bring your furry friends in without any hassles.

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